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Photo Equipment: the best way to enjoy Singapore is to really have powerful compact ultra zoom cameras like the Nikon cool Pix 810 which has a 42X optical zoom or a Canon Powershot SX 40 with a 35X Optical zoom plus having an extra camera that is water proof and drop proof like an Olympus Tough 810 Series of a Panasonic Lumix Series. You need it to be able to zoom on far away shots of the singapore skyline or at the sentosa island or at the Universal Studios. and you better have 32 gigabyte SD and/ or Mini SD cards ready or the current 64 Gigabyte SD Cards if you are prolific at shooting pictures and videos like me hehehe plus bring extra SD or Mini SD cards at with waterproof covers and extra camera batteries as you would never know when you would run out of juice or memory space.
I don't use a Digital SLR because they are bulky and you cannot do any ultra zooming of places for the videos and pictures and you need to change the lens to be able to get an ultra zoom shot and the ultra zoom lens of DSLR's are very heavy!
Written Jun 26, 2012
Luggage and bags: It really depends on you. I always travel with a big Longchamp shoulder bag which houses all my gadgets, makeup and wallet. But most guys travel with knapsacks. Don't worry too much as Singapore is a safe country. I haven't heard of any theft or snatchers here.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: COMFIEST shoes you can ever find. You'll be walking all over.
Bring disposable slippers. Most places/houses/hostels will ask you to leave your shoes at the door. You'll end up going barefoot inside. I stayed in a hostel once and saw most people in socks or barefoot. Good thing I had brand new disposable slippers. Singaporeans are fussy about bringing dirt from the outside into their homes.
Have a small foldable umbrella in your bag. The weather can be super duper sunny then all of a sudden, will rain in the afternoon.
As for clothing.... the coolest you can find. Thin material if possible. Singapore is a HOT place. I usually survive my 4-5 days there in shorts and the thinnest tops I have. Prepare clothes for hot weather.
**bring a sarong to tie around your waist. :) Some temples provide some for you to wrap yourselves in but... if you're icky about using stuff that have been used before...bring your own sarong.
Sunglasses/hats might be good too. :)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Your medical supplies is up to you. But what you should always have with you are TISSUES. Hand tissues and/or WET ONES. Here in singapore, most places (hawker centers) won't give you tissues/napkins when you order your food. If they do...there most likely be a hidden charge/payment. Just always have tissues, wetones, and/or a hand sanitizer. :)
Photo Equipment: Almost every traveller has a digital camera right? Just make sure you pack a universal adaptor. Singapore plug outlets have the big 3 prong one...all of them flat.
Updated Jul 25, 2011
Luggage and bags: Leave that luggage if you are not going to stay too long. As you can almost get anything u need here & cheap. there's always a shop near the corner and lots of 24hours store to purchase those. Even if you are ready to make a big spending on your shopping. You can use the Singapore Postal Service to Mail your shopping item home.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: if you don't need to dress for the occassion, slip-on is the best. or your walking shoe for the long hours of shopping. Or just go shop for one. Singapore is a big shopping paradise, from branded goods to home designer. you can get a large variety of design here....however do take note that you can hardly find anything you want that suit a cooler environment..
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I really suggest you get a good SUN BLOCK in Singapore. as you tend to get alot of sun in singapore. SUN burn are common for those who visit singapore from Europe. Do not sit under the sun too long.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Make sure you bring your SUN BLOCK. alot of foreigner thought that a little while on the cool near beach is ok. However, the warm sun in singapore is really very bad for the skin. Even Singaporean get bad SUN BURN. Use those Mosquito Repellent with skin moisture that help your skin from dryness by the huminity.
Miscellaneous: Be sure to have your identity card or passport for the frequent night spot check by the police. If you are afraid to loose them and leave them in the hotel save..f. a copied of your passport is ok. Note that smoking in public and under age could get yourself in trouble. most aircondition places, smoking are not allowed. Some open concept food stall have mark up an area for smoking
Updated Oct 14, 2008
Miscellaneous: There are taxes for bringing tobacco and alcohol into Singapore. You have to declare what you bring in and be taxed accordingly. If you try to hide it to avoid the tax and get caught, there is a hefty fine.
Customs information can be found here:
Written Aug 26, 2008
Miscellaneous: At Changi Airport, at check in, all carry-on luggages must follow strict LAG rules for Liquids, Aerosol and Gels for hand-carried luggage.
If in doubt, call up in advance.
You can also refer to website below:
Updated Oct 14, 2007
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: My daughter suffered a swimmers ear infection while in Singapore. The doctor put her on antibiotics and I asked them if Singapore sold "Aqua Ear". He told me that Singaporeans do not suffer from swimmers ear, which I found interesting as they live in a tropical climate. If you forget to take some from home, buy some surgical methylated spirits.
Written Feb 19, 2007
Luggage and bags: Just bring your essential item, you can purchase easily in Singapore
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure you have a good walking shoes & flip flop
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you are contact lens users, make sure you have enough storage solutions & eyedrops with you. Singapore may be too dry for some & during October of the year you may encounter haze. It is also hard to find any storage solutions for contact lens after 10pm, as most of the 24/7 stores do not sell them.
Photo Equipment: Make sure you have your charger & universal plug with you. some of the hotel will provide upon request.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Make sure you have your swimming gear, Singapore is an island surrounded by sea, make a trip to the sea, most hotels also has a swimming pool.
Miscellaneous: SUN BLOCK/shield/tanning lotions, Singapore is a tropical island & like summer throughout the year, make sure you don't get sburn.un Most of my friends (oversea/local) did not notice this & been enjoying themselves in the Sun, walking around the city & sun-tanning by the beach & got really burn. Do take note that you have to re-apply the lotions estimated after 2 hours or it would be as good as not applying them.
Updated Dec 14, 2006
Luggage and bags: Singapore's a shopper's paradise. I would suggest bringing a foldable bag in case you should buy more than you had planned to.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Your hotel/hostel should provide you with toiletries and medical supplies. If you don't have them (especially at the hostels), just ask. No harm in asking. Singaporeans are usually quite helpful. But if not, there are convenient stores and supermarkets at most parts of the island and these items are normally not expensive.
Written Sep 25, 2006
Miscellaneous: Unlike some countries, Singapore has alot of money changing facilities and you can change foreign currency easily. No need for passport or filling in a form. Almost every shopping mall will have a "money changer", usually manned by an Indian man.
Rates differ slightly. Lower rates at banks and better rates at the money changers. In Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza has the most number of money changers; you can choose to compare rates before you change your currency. But if you're in orchard, I personally like to change money with the money changer at Takashimya, Basement 2. He gives pretty good rates.
Updated Mar 20, 2006
Luggage and bags: If you are transiting in Singapore with a few hours to spare, you may possible want to go to the city just to look around, have a meal, or catch up with friends. Often, the hassle associated with this will be that you have to lug your heavy luggage around.
There is an easy solution to this. Both Terminals in Changi Airport offer a baggage storage service in their transit area, that allows you to store your luggage while you go to the city. There is no limit on how many days you can store your things and the per* item charges are as follow:
First 24 Hours Block: S$4.24
Subsequent 24 Hours Block: $5.25
This service also very useful if you are on a short stopover holiday for just a day or two want to leave most of your stuff in the airport, so that you can travel light.
For more information, you can reach Changi Airport enquiry lines as follow:
Terminal 1: 62140628
Terminal 2: 62141683
Miscellaneous: Another use for it is if you are have a stopover holiday here and plan to bring certain controlled and prohibited items (except drugs, which may be punishable by the death penalty) in Singapore from the originating country to the destination country.
For example, a traveller from Australia may have bought some cigarettes from Thailand, where they are very cheap, for his personal consumption in Australia. However, he is planning to stopover here for a few days. Any cigarettes brought out of the transit area will be subjected to Singapore cigarettes duties, which is one of the highest in the world.
Since he is intending to only use the cigarettes in Australia and not over here, the traveller can simply leave them with the baggage storage service in the transit area* and it will not be subjected to these taxes. On his way back to Australia, he can then just collect the cigarettes before he goes to the gate to board his plane. For storage of less than 48 hours, the total charge is S$4.24 + S$5.25 = S$9.49.
Written Feb 1, 2006
Phone: T1: 62140628, T2: 62141683
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