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!
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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
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.
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)
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.
Evian Mineral Water Spray
Miscellaneous: I take a can of Evian spray with me every time I fly. It is not only useful for cooling off when out in the heat, but sometimes I find the air on the planes to be so dry that my throat and nostrils begin to burn and my skin and hair dries out. I just spray the Evian into the air and onto my face for instant relief.
The small, light and inexpensive can fits into any bag easily. A travel must-have.
All You need is
Luggage and bags: Rucksack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: T-shirt, sandals,shorts
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Tothbrush, the medical care in Thailand are exellent!
Photo Equipment: Camera ofcourse and loads of film
Miscellaneous: Money (Credit-cardmachines everywhere), Buy all you need in Thailand, dont bather to bring a lot of stuff from home, buy a new suitcase or two and fill them with whatever You need
Luggage and bags: An empty suitcase if you intend to shop!!!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light casual clothes and sandals. Leave the makeup, heels and designer jeans at home!!!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All readily available. In fact toiletries and pharmacuticals are very cheap in Thailand. If you use regular prescription drugs yiu may be able to buy them over the counter at a fraction of the cost at home. My sister uses special psoriosis cream which is very expensive but was able to buy several tubes over the counter for less than 1 tube at home.
Photo Equipment: Take what you need with you.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sarong for the beach you can wear it over bather, use it as a towel to either dry yourself or put on your bed. A 101 uses.
Miscellaneous: If you need to see a Doctor as we did the Wattana International Clinic was very good it cost me approx $US20 to see the DR and a prescription filled for antibiotics. 78 Taweewong Rd Patong 66 76 341 344 excellent service.
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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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
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Hope this helps...
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... :-)
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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.
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Miscellaneous: 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?
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
General Packing Info
Miscellaneous: 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.
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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.
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