Miscellaneous: Where ever you go in the world, I would highly recommend keeping a 'travel journal' whilst you are on your holiday. I found it to be very handy when recalling specific events on your travels, especially a few years later when hunting down info for VT.
This travel journal was given to me for my 21st birthday, a week before I left for Thailand. I also stuck a lot of receipts and little bits and pieces from the trip in here.
Bring a small and portable umbrella
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.
- Hiking and Walking
- Budget Travel
Bring Sun Block
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.
- Sailing and Boating
- Water Sports
bring T-Shirts instead of Collared Shirts
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!
- Hiking and Walking
- Budget Travel
Bring a large luggage for the shopping!
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!
- Budget Travel
- Luxury Travel
- Business Travel
Bring two cameras with extra batteries
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.
- Historical Travel
Luggage and bags: an empty suitcase
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: what you have on at the airport, and your own undies.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: all personal products are expensive in thailand so bring your own, and alot of sunscreen for the day and insect repellant for night.
Photo Equipment: camera and heaps of film, or memory cards.
Miscellaneous: duty free bourbon, thai bourbon isn't the nicest.
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..................................................................................................
Definitely take mosquito repellent
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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
Miscellaneous: I take sugar lumps on holiday for the monkeys and elephants...they love them and you get great photos
- Family Travel
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: T-shirts, shorts, sandals are enough.
Occasionally, you will have rain shower. But who cares? This is a paradise you know.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen or something like that againt sunburn.
- Spa and Resort
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: T-shirts is essential... and more bikinis!!!! I didnt bring enough bikini so i bought some there... anyway, bikinis are cheap there..
Slip Slop Slap
Miscellaneous: In Phuket the day's heat can reach into the high temperatures and the sun can burn you to a crisp so dont forget your hat, sunscreen and close knit clothing so you do get burnt through the material.
- Adventure Travel
- Family Travel
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals and shorts, it sure does get hot and humid here, always wear suncreen, I learned the hard way. I was the lobster boy.
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