No more airport departure tax
Miscellaneous: You don't have to pay the 500 baht airport departure tax anymore. Apparently it's now included in the ticket price. But do keep some baht with you at the airport to buy food with. Flights are not always puntual - and it seems to be habitual - I waited at least 30-45min for my Tiger Airways flight.
Forget bringing shave gel or foam
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I cannot stress this enough. Avoid bringing cotton Ts. They soak, become heavy and takes a long time to dry in humid climates like Phuket. Bring along light 100% synthetic material sportswear Ts. These are not cheap but they are so much lighter, packs tighter, don't weigh a ton when soaked, dries faster and dries even in rainy weather. Depending on where you come from, Dry-Tech Ts are more affordable compared to Nike's Dri-Fit and Addidas' Climatech. All my travel Ts are Dry-Tech 100% polyester jacquard T mesh.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you use blades like I do, don't even bring any cans of shave foam, gel or cream. Use the resort/hotel supplied hair conditioner. Works just as well. Visit Badger and Blade and search the forums for "hair conditioner". I used it as preshave but now use it exclusively. Save heaps and you can eliminate one more item from your toiletries.
Photo Equipment: Get a dry bag for your photo equipment if you go for canoe tours
- Family Travel
- National/State Park
30kg not hard to make
Miscellaneous: Well, Singapore airlines has spoken and a 30kg limit has been capped on each of us. Well it didnt take long to meet that, so out came some of the mammut chairs and now its back to packing the bags..................................................................................................
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Pharmacies in Phuket are great and very cheap, we buy only what we need once we get there.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Take a small umbrella, you never know when you will need it!!
Miscellaneous: The adaptor for Thailand is the same one used in Bali and Cambodia.
We always take a small Aussie powerboard with us as well, then we can charge everything at once if we like, eg mobile, camera, laptop etc.
Adaptors for Everywhere
Toiletries & Medical Supplies
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: We dont take any of this with us as its so cheap to buy in shops there, especially the Pharmacies, if you can buy it here then its available there at a fraction of the cost eg, Cafergot (migraine tablets) cost me $26 for 20, in Phuket I can buy 100 for that price.
(Of course I am only talking about general medical items like pain relief, diahorrea tablets, etc)
Luggage & Bags
Luggage and bags: As most of us can only bring back 20 kilos of luggage (not counting hand luggage) make sure you have lightweight suitcases, our cases are huge but only weigh just under 5kilos.
Dont bring home anything you can do without. Throw (give) away all your toiletries eg, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants etc, all these little things add up in weight.
Load up your hand luggage with any heavy items you have bought, its amazing how much shopping you can cram into a backpack.
prepare for rain!
Luggage and bags: You really could just take one small suitcse with your essentials in, then after you have been shopping and restocked your wardrobe with fake billabong etc you can buy another suitcase for a fraction of the price to take it all home in!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cotton clothes are best as its very sticky, light and loose is more comfortable!
Take sandals and a rain coat if youe dont like getting wet! the rain is warm, but it can be heavy! I actually quite liked it, it was nce after being sticky and hot!
Rash vests are a must they are only around £15 each and have a spf of 50+ great for everyone especially kids, snorkellers or anyone! ( they are like t-shirts made out of swimwear material)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: no real need to panic about these, there are tons of chemists in Phuket and they all sell the top brands at a lot less than you can buy them at home!
Photo Equipment: Well, either bring lots and lots of film or an extra memory card for your digital camera. there is so much to see you will take far more pictures than you will imagine!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Just the usual cossies and towels, a water carrier/cooler are always nice for carrying your bottled water around in and for keeping it cool. You must remember your hat, the sun is a bit of a scorcher, so you will burn! Sunglasses too were a godsend, that white sand does really reflect the sun!
Miscellaneous: a sarong always comes in handy, I used my every day , as a skirt, to cover my shoulders, to cover my legs etc etc......
also take a small backpack fo any boat tripsetc, if you can get a "dry bag" these are brillant for canoeing or caving or anything to protect your valuables from getting wet!
- Family Travel
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Less is More
Luggage and bags: Don't overpack because you will find that you will need the extra space in your suitcase, to bring all the stuff you buy, home with you.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Less is More. Forget the stiletto's and fancy dresses and suits. All you will need on this holiday is shorts and singlets. It is hot all the time, and when it does rain you dry off in 5 minutes anyway.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Definately bring some seasickness tablets if you get seasick, as you may want to take a boat tour.
If your stomach is sensitive you may want to bring some anti diarrhea tablets.
Photo Equipment: Any camera will do.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A beach towel and sunscreen are a must if you are going to visit the beach
less is best
Luggage and bags: Day pack
Small luggage bag.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sarong/s, bathers, shorts, singlests. Long sleeved shirt and long shorts or skirt if visiting temples. Good hiking sandals. Flip flops.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Normal basics plus sunscreen.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring your own snorkel gear if you have it. Beach towel. Hat. Sunglasses
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Women's Travel
- Adventure Travel
Aqua socks (booties)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Booties are good if you want to walk/swim in the coral reefs and beaches (and if fins are not for you). My feet stays well protected, no cuts or pain from walking on shells, corals, broken glasses (yep, I saw some on the beach) and the occasional sea urchins (saw lots at the reefs, be careful)
I bought made-in-china ones for USD14 (in Singapore). Made from neoprene material, quick drying and good for use the next morning. Not too sure where it is sold in Phuket. Maybe try the dive shops.
Luggage and bags: depending on how long you stay, but actually one doesn't need much there !!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: light clothes! even in the rainy season it's hot and humid!!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: probabaly bring sth. against stomach problems, you'll never know ...
Photo Equipment: Get hold of or bring a water-proof underwater camera, you can take really cool pics in the sea or even the pool then !!!
Umbrella/Raincoats for the kids
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are planning to visit Phi Phi Islands with kids, better carry a raincoat. The speed boats travels very fast, splashing sea water all over and the clothes are wet in no time.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you are prone to sea sickness, it is strongly recommended to carry anti vomitting tablets. hey prove very helpful. Also, avoid having heavy breakfast/lunch before boarding the speed boat
Photo Equipment: Try to wrap the camera in a plastic bag while going for a speed boat ride.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Carry spare dresses wrapped in polythene bags to protect them from getting drenched, while doing a speed boat ride.
- Sailing and Boating
- Family Travel
Pack it light
Luggage and bags: Just a normal backpack will do, less you're enroute to a long trip.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As Light as possible, bermudas, shorts, t-shirts, singlets, sandals....its the beach anyway.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Medical supplies like panadol , cough syrup, bandages are readily available at most convenience stores.
Photo Equipment: Easily available
Keep it light!!!
Luggage and bags: Take a nearly empty suitcase with you. Fill it up when you get there
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts and singlet tops.
sandshoes for walking if you want.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: lots of sunscreen
mascara (leave your other makeup at home!!!)
Photo Equipment: take your camera and take heaps of photos. It is an amazing place
Miscellaneous: There are pharmacies where you can buy all your medications and pharmacy needs.
Go to the big shopping centres in phukettown and buy your moisturisers and cosmetics. they are so cheap!!!!
Lightweight, loose clothing
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You will find it fairly to excessively humid here, depending on the time of year. Sudden showers of rain or perspiration will leave you wet, 'though not cold. If you wear loose, light clothing, your body will be able to breathe and the fabric will dry quickly.
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