Photo Equipment: I still don't like to bring Digital SLR Camera in my travels as these cameras as to bulky and cumbersome to operate and you must change the lens often and since I'm not a professional Photographer, prefer to bring a pocket ultrazoom camera that you can combine taking pictures and videos at the same time like an Olympus SZ MR-31 and a water proof camera like the olympus 810 tough for the beach and water sport pictures. Bringing point and shoot camera is still the best option for the traveller and having a pocket ultra zoom camera is the best! also bring extra camera batteries and charger as you don't want your camera to lose power while taking photos and videos as these memories are priceless only of you have records of them, so keep on shooting pictures and videos with plenty of memory space and extra battery power.
Luggage and bags: always make it a point to bring a large but ultra light luggage in any of my travels, both near and far as you would not know if you would buy a lot of stuff at your destination or not and it is better to come prepared! I also bring a foldable bag with stroller inside the luggage bag of mine as to take advantage of the 7 kilos (16 pound) allowance every airlines allows you to hand carry. these foldable bag awith strollers are better than the carry on bags as you can just stroll them instead of carrying them and make you shoulder sore! And the best deal is that you don't need to buy an extra bag for you shopping stash if you bring these extra floldable bags or strollers!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: if you plan to shop till you drop in Phuket on a multi day tour, beach, bar and more shopping! and you worry about paying for the atrociously high excess baggage fees that your airline will charge you (it costs 320 baht per kilogram average for excess baggage or 150 baht for excess per pound) then the best thing to do is bring just a few t-shirts instead of the heavier collared polo shirts and then use the souvenir t-shirts you bought as well as these things will lessen the baggage load of your baggage and make it less likely for you to get over the baggage limit. also bring light and easy washable underwear and the light but dark colored jeans so that you can use just one pair of light jeans for 1 week without washing!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: This is a must if you are Going to Phuket! more so if you plan to be in the center of the many beach activities that are available in the beaches in phuket and will go on daylong beach bumming or swimming. if you have a fair complexion and is afraid of getting sun burned or having an accidental tan when walking around the hot Phuket area, then it is best to bring sun block lotion or spray with you that is small and portable so that you can splash it easily to your face, neck, shoulers and hand! you can do this every 2 hour interval to lessen the chance to get a sun burn or a tan. if you are here in phuket for more than 4 days, then bring a larger container of sunblock! as you would use it more often! ir just buy at the convenience store around Phuket.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: if you plan to visit thailand in general and Phuket in particular, during the rainy season in thailand (usually starts from june to october in phuket) like we did in october this year (2012). then prepare to bring a small and lightweight portable umbrella that you can neatly fold for easy storage on you bag or just by them at any of the markets, night markets, convenience stores and malls around the Phuket area and these small and portable umbrellas are very cheap and you can buy them for only 150 baht or less. at least the showers here are relatively mild as compared to the typhoon visited areas of south east asia like the philippines or vietnam or cambodia. or you can just buy the water proofed plastic overalls which are disposable at any convenience stores or markets too (costing 100 baht per piece) but the downside of these water proofed overalls is that they are bulky when you remove them off and hold them after the rains stop. you're best bet is still the small and foldable umbrellas.
During the high season, you don't need much clothes because it is warm - even if it was cloudy or dark. Bring comfortable sandals though if you are walking a lot and possibly an umbrella - unless your hotel provides one.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are really well stocked pharmacies in Phuket including the local ones as well as Watsons on the main beach road and Boots in Jungceylon shopping centre. Pharmacists luckily often speak really good English, so there is no problem there. However, the girls in the chemist don't, so don't rely on them.
Miscellaneous: Definitely take mosquito repellent with you in case you want to go to the beach after it gets dark, I got bitten and my legs were really itchy for days despite having some cream
You will NOT need a jacket in Thailand, I dont think at any time of the year! The only time I wore my light cardigan was on the plane there and home!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you are going to have your periods in Thailand and you use tampons, please take these with as Im pretty sure I only ever saw pads for sale!
Also take lots of small pocket tissues and carry with you everywhere to use for toilet paper!
Photo Equipment: Take plenty of lithium batteries with you as you will be bound to take lots of photos, and we never saw them for sale anywhere.
Miscellaneous: The power points we came across in Phuket were all the same (as the pic Ive put up) and you needed to take an adaptor plug with the 2 round prongs if you wanted to plug in appliances from your home country (if different to Thailand outlets)
Miscellaneous: I couldn't find any good chocolate!! sounds funny but it was expensive and not nice. If you love chocolate like me it is hard. I didnt die and you can always eat plenty of chocolate when you get back home. but there you go : )
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
But it all there, the little mini supermarkets are everywhere and it is so cheap!! except for good sunscreen, I guess in Australia we value good quality 30+ sunscreen, so luckily we took our own.
Miscellaneous: dont get your laundry done in the hotel it is way too expensive, take a walk down the road and find a laundry you can get all your washing done and neatly packed in a plastic bag for $5 AUD. Our friend of ours told us they got their washing done by a young Thai couple who pulled up in their car every morning and evening near the hotel. It supports their businesses and your clothes come back so clean and neatly folded.
If you travel economy class then your check in luggage weight limit is 20 kilograms per person.
So make sure you have lightweight suitcases, our cases are huge but they only weight just under 5 kilo's.
Don't bring home anything you can do without - throw or give away all your toiletries, shampoo, conditioner etc, all the little things that add up in weight.
Load up your hand luggage with any heavy items you have bought, its surprising how much shopping you can cram in a backpack. You are allowed 7 kilos in hand luggage.
Most airlines will let you be a few kilo's over, we went for years coming back home overweight, until last year when we were done by Malaysia Airlines for nearly $300 in excess fee's!
If you have filled your cases before you leave home, then unpack and start again - half the amount you had in there.
You do not need 10 changes of clothes, 5 pairs of shoes, 20 ton of toiletries.
Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore etc are hot, you only need lightweight clothing, the laundries are cheap there and if you run out - buy more there.
We go shopping when we arrive to buy our toiletries, extra tea/coffee, fly spray etc.
This is the adaptor we always use in Thailand, its the same adaptor used in Cambodia and Bali.
Click below - For more adaptors from around the world
We also take a small Australian power board with us, then we can charge mobiles, camera's, and laptop at the same time if need be.
I hate using an umbrella but we do pack a couple of tiny fold up ones for our backpacks.
It's surprising the amount of times we have needed them, especially during those sudden tropical down pours.
Luggage and bags:
Traveling bag/luggage & small backpack for family or business trips
Backpack & sleeping bag for budget travellers or backpackers
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light and comfy clothes & shoes
Raincoat (for rainy season)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Basic toiletries (Hotels will have the basic bathroom toiletries, so don't worry too much)
General & prescribed medicines in case of any sickness
Photo Equipment: Digital camera
Extra batteries & Memory card
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Tents for campers
Men's swimsuit - Bikini, Square Cut, Jammer, Board Shorts (Thong/G-String if you're open-minded & brave)
Women's swimsuit - 2-piece bikini, 1-piece swimsuit, Swimdress (Thong/G-String if you're open-minded & brave)
Goggle, Swim fins
Exercise apparels (depend on what activities you're doing, but most likely will be jogging/running, beach volleyball, soccer, jet skiing) - t-shirt/singlet, shorts/spandex tights, or maybe nothing but your swimsuit
Miscellaneous: Sports walkman/mp3 player
iPod Video/mp4 player
Beach towel & mat (if you prefer)
Condoms (just in case hehe...)
Any other things you can think of? Please don't hesitate to share with me, ok? Thanks... :-)
Miscellaneous: When you travel overseas people are always so interested in where we the traveller come from. A picture book with photos of Australian animals and/or scenery would probably be a good idea. Someone recently told me they took a small atlas for use in a primary school. I agree the colouring book with pencils, textas or paints would be great especially if it features Australian animals. Good quality art paper is very hard to come by in other countries (so expensive) so next time I plan to take some artist sketch pads with me and the proper soft lead pencils for sketching as these we found hard to find. Balloons are a wonderful idea as we tried to buy some in Bali for my Mum's birthday & they burst as we blew them up. whatever you take will be greatly appreciated by the children & their family. Enjoy Phuket we love it
Just to give anyone travelling to Australia from Thailand forewarning that these electric/battery operated mosquito zappers are illegal. Australia is the only country in the world to ban the importation of them and they will be confiscated from you at Customs - AFTER you've unpacked your bags and done all the paperwork.
I explained that they're so safe I couldn't even zap Steve when I wanted to, and that young children use them in Thailand, however they say that they are classified as Tazars here. Customs said that we may splash old people with water, then zap them which could cause injury.
How did they ever find out about our favourite new hobby?
Luggage and bags:
PACKING WAS EASY FOR THE AREA OF ASIA.. .JUST NEEDED SOME LIGHT CLOTHING. .WHICH GAVE ME MORE ROOM IN MY ROLLING BACK-PACK!!! lLOVED IT !!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: TAKE COMFORTABLE SHOES FOR HAPPY FEET!!!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I TOOK SOME BANDAGES .. .BUT FORTUNATELY DIDN'T NEED THEM!!!! : )
Photo Equipment: I TOOK 3 MEMORY CARDS AND THREE BATTERIES...
Miscellaneous: SMALL MAPS CAN COME IN HANDY SOMETIMES !!!
Miscellaneous: You might need a univesal adaptor (preferable 2-pin) for your electronic gadgets. If you forgot to bring this along, don't worry. You can get it in Carrefour Hypermarket in Jungceylon, Patong. Or you can also rent it from the hotel reception with a small amount of refundable deposit.