What to pack for Singapore

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  • Surviving the Urban Jungle

    by canttaketheskyfromme Updated Mar 6, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: Wheeled luggage that is collapsible is your best best. Rooms can be small (in budget hotels) by Western measures, and unless you can afford a cab and porters, you will be getting pretty cosy on the MRT. That said, pavements and walkways are well maintained, so rolling is the way to go.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * An umbrella. It rains. Heavily. A lot. Small, telescoping, umbrellas are best
    * A jacket or warmer top. It gets cold. Very cold. Or, at least it does indoors. Singaporean air con has three settings. Cold. Freezing. Siberian.
    * Linen-Cotton mix clothing. Natural, breathable fabrics in city styles are useful here. Synthetics will leave you a sweating, overheated mess. Just remember to keep it urban, and not "explorer" style.
    * Flat shoes. Even with the MRT you will find yourself doing a lot of exploring. Flat filled in shoes will be comfortable and practical, and keep your feet dry. Sandals are great, till it rains, or you want to go in somewhere *nice*. Bring a spare pair for when they inevitably get sodden.
    * Lots of changes of clothes. You will be wanting to change clothes at least every day, and probably twice a day. Pack accordingly.
    * Sun glasses. On a clear day, the sun glare can be very strong.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All of these thigns can be found locally, but on your first night you might appreciate:
    * Bug spray. Mosquito in Singapore aren't usually a problem compared to other cities, but it only takes one to keep you awake...
    * Ear plugs. If your hotel doesn't have carpet, these will save your sanity. If you bring one thing, make it these.
    * Shampoo/Conditioner. Quite a few hotels give you shower gel but not shampoo or conditioner. Easily available, but bring small bottles to see you through the first day.
    * Guardian pharmacy chain stocks pretty much everything else you will reasonably need in terms of toiletries. However medications are quite tightly controlled, so it's probably easier to bring those with you for a short stay.

    Photo Equipment: * Singapore is a photographer paradise. Everything you will ever need is right here. Just remember to bring an adapter plug....

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: * If your heading to the beach,
    * Take plenty of liquid. You dehydrate quickly.

    Miscellaneous: * Singapore uses 3 pin 200V power sockets, same as Malaysia and the UK. European countries will need an appropriate adapter. Some equipment in Singapore is (bizzarely) shipped with two pin plugs, so a reverse adapter (2 round pin to 3 pin) might also be worth bringing.

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    CARRY A STRONG MOSQUITO REPELLANT

    by DennyP Updated Jan 23, 2010

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    Luggage and bags: MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE CARRYING YOUR CAMERA BATTERY CHARGER AND A FULLY CHARGED BATTERY..
    ALWAYS CARRY AN INTERNATIONAL POWER PLUG FOR ALL YOUR CHARGERS. ie:PHONE...DIGITAL CAMERA...I POD

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I ALWAYS CARRY A LIGHTWEIGHT PONCHO THAT ROLLS UP ..POCKETSIZE..AS IT CAN RAIN HERE ANYTIME.ALSO COVERS ANY BACKPACK THAT YOU MAY BE CARRYING..
    I ALSO CARRY ALWAYS A SMALL SELF CHARGING TORCH
    GOOD WALKING SHOES.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: ANTISEPTIC HAND WIPE AND ALSO FACEWIPES...GREAT IN THE HUMID HEAT.
    SO NECCESARY HERE TO BE CARRYING GOOD MOSQUITO REPELLANT AND USE IT..
    A GOOD SUN BLOCKOUT IS ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE ..
    ALWAYS CARRY YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS SO AS YOU CAN EXPLAIN TO ENQUIRERS WHAT YOU ARE CARRYING AND WHAT IT'S FOR..

    Photo Equipment: SPARE NECCESARY CAMERA BATTERY AND SPARE MEMORY CARD

    ALWAYS HAVE A STRONG MOSQUITO REPELLANT ALWAYS HANDY AND ESSENTIAL TOILET ITEMS CHARGER,SPARE MEMORY CARD, INT.POWERPOINT ADAPTOR COMPACT SELF CHARGING TORCH COMPACT PONCHO ROLLS UP TO POCKETSIZE
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    Travel light

    by yann.ng Written Feb 19, 2008

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light material clothing for tropical weather. Cotton is the most comfortable material for Singapore weather. Slippers or open toes sandals and a good pair of walking shoes if you plan to walk a lot. You can bring along a waterproof wind breaker or poncho in case of wet weather especially from November to January each year.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most toiletries and medical supplies can be purchased in small travel sizes in convenient stores and pharmacies.

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    Be armed and ready before you arrive @ Changi

    by kenHuocj Written Nov 27, 2007

    Miscellaneous: Visit "UNUsual Singaporeans BLOGS; if you're luckier than me, you'll shake their hands and offer personal congratulatory salutations/ = November Tan is an active Enviromentalist doing her Master's Degree @ NUS, on Nov 21. 2007 , she is a Blog of NOte Blogger
    and of course the RTW - genuine "VT" - Traveller SWESN

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    Bring out your Sun Block

    by Aidy_p Updated Apr 11, 2007

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Singapore, located near the equator, is a country that is hot year round. This is especially so come April to June period. The sun can be scorching hot and there is a high chance of you getting sun burn. You don't want that now do you? If you do not have a bottle, Sun blocks are readily available at any pharmacy or shopping malls.

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    Adaptors etc

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    Miscellaneous: The adaptor needed for Singapore is the three pin square shaped type.

    Some hotels provide adaptors, but they are so cheap, take your own.

    Another handy thing is we always take a powerboard with us.

    Then we can plug in numerous gadgets like mobiles,
    camera, laptop etc and you will only need the one adaptor.

    Adaptors for Everywhere

    Adaptor for Singapore Adaptor

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  • really hot

    by dutyfree Written Oct 7, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: its really hot and humid in Singapore so make sure you bring light clothing that will keep you cool. It doesnt really cool down at all even through the night but I can put up with it because everywhere you go the aircon is at full speed anyway.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Singapore has everything that you can get at home so take only what you really need to because you can purchase it there if you need to.

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    Posh frocks required

    by TonyBagnall Written Jun 1, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Ladies - bring you best dresses and high-heeled shoes. Singapore is a town that likes to dress up. Also no mosquitos (joy) and a great temperature day and night so you can wander around in summer dresses all the time.

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    Sweating Like a Crazy

    by cwhit21 Written Oct 7, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: The lighter the better Singapore was hotter than hell to be humping around with a huge backpack.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring or when there invest in a dewrag. Something thatll dry cuick but soak up all the sweat on your face as your walking around

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Mosquito repellent, on Joo Chiat there were 5 case of Dengue Fever the week I was there. Doesnt sound like fun.

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    An Umbrella is required.

    by Travel2write Written Oct 6, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: "The American people never carry an umbrella. They prepare to walk in eternal sunshine."
    Alfred E. Smith
    A little quote that seems actually true. Although if you fail to have one handy in Singapore, you will end up real wet. It rains here almost daily.

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    An umberella is useful!

    by TracyG Updated Jun 14, 2005

    Luggage and bags: I find it easier to carry things in a pack, particularly if you are planning to travel overland. However, I have also used a holdall, and that worked fine.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It gets very hot and humid all year round, so anything that is breathable and light weight. Also it is a must to take at least one smart outfit and shoes for nights out and restaurants.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You really shouldn't have any health problems. So the usually first aid kit should suffice. Anything that you do need, you should have no problems buying.

    Photo Equipment: A photo paradise - absolutely no problems in getting anything (also probably things that you have never seen before!) It is also a great place to think about buying a new camera.....

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A rainjacket could come in useful.

    Miscellaneous: An umbrella will come in handy at any time of the year.

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    Batteries are different size

    by kyoub Written Apr 20, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Take what ever you want. Most hotels will let you store your luggage there while you go elsewhere. Some of the planes to Malaysia, for instance, let you have limited weight so we leave our extra stuff at the hotel until we get back.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take lightweight stylish clothing and most of all comfy walking shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There is nothing that you cannot find in Singapore. You may have to go to a few different places but you will find it.

    Photo Equipment: Be sure to take your camera and lots of memory. You can buy film anywhere. You can also get a good deal on a camera, if you are looking for one. Memory is expensive and batteries are a different size than my camera uses. I always thought all AA batteries were the same volt, not so.

    Miscellaneous: There is nothing that you cannot find in Singapore. The problem is knowing where to look. Most groceries and health items are in the basement of the shopping complexes.

    High and low
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    Tropical gear

    by Vita500 Updated Mar 15, 2005

    Luggage and bags: Suitcase or trolley... it's all up to you. But try to bring a rucksack for carrying your gadgets and drinks around.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light and airy clothing; comfy shoes: exploring the city on foot is tiresome but worthwhile

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring something against diarrhea... just in case. Also: Sun protection!

    Photo Equipment: Camera and lots of film rolls... or a big memory card for your digi-cam!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you have time to explore Singapore's lovely beaches, bring your swimsuit along.

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    Map and Small Towel

    by traveldream Updated Mar 2, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear clothes from fabric that absorb sweat - cotton clothes .

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The climate is hot and humid, so don't miss a small towel when you go out for a day trip. Bring your face-cleaning foam together with you on a long day trip. You might get sweaty and greasy and need to freshen up a bit during your trip.

    Miscellaneous: Bring a map that includes the transportation system - you can get it free when you arrive at the airport. It helps you planning your day trip routes and which transportation you will use. And last but not least, drinking water .

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  • It's hot, hot, hot!!

    by funkylian Written Oct 15, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothings please. This is sunny tropical climate, with occasional showers. Go from as bare minimal (sandals, shorts, tank top, shades & cap) to simple casual (loafers, jeans, collared/round-neck tee & shades).

    Most hotels/bars/clubs are fine with simple casual as described above.

    Pack a shirt n slacks too, just in case. (Prospective mum-in-law??)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No worries as common toiletries n medications are available at pharmacies/personal care stores (Guardian, Watson's etc).

    Photo Equipment: Digicam for sure ;-)

    Miscellaneous: Good to have a bottle of water with you wherever you go! Expect to walk a lot but u'll enjoy it!

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