Luggage and bags: A backpack makes travel in Southeast Asia that much easier. Not only is it practical in getting from point A to B, but often you get hassled a lot less by those trying to steer you to their "brother's" hotel. The train station seems that much closer and walking is cheaper than taking a taxi.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sturdy footwear is always a plus when carrying a backpack but sandles are nice to have when just walking around the city sightseeing.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Tampons are not readily available in Vietnam. If you need 'em, bring 'em.
Photo Equipment: A wide angle makes it easier to squeeze that whole temple in and at the market, a zoom is essential for taking candid shots of the hawkers.
Miscellaneous: A great travel partner like D makes any trip that much better. Thanks D.
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Good to know in Hoi An
Luggage and bags: Bring or buy an extra bag if you plan on having lots of clothes or shoes made
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lightweight long pants/capris and shirts that cover shoulders - it's quite hot and shorts and tank tops are not really appropriate (despite the number of tourists I've seen in them). It also gets cool at night, and with the mosquitoes, it's nice to cover up but not the end of the world if you don't.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellant and anti-itch cream! This was the only place in SE Asia that mosquitoes were a problem for us this time of year - we'd been expecting it more in Laos but were thankfully free of them until we got to Hoi An.
Photo Equipment: Bring batteries and/or battery charger! In both Hanoi and Hoi An, I realized that after a couple of battery purchases, there are lots of people selling used batteries. I finally found a camera shop that sold Energizers in their original packaging. They tried to sell me a package that had been opened and then retaped, so make sure the original packaging is intact. The batteries that come shrink wrapped and without any other packaging are likely to be used batteries.
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CARRY A RELIABLE MOSQUITO REPELELLANT
Luggage and bags: I ALWAYS CARRY A SMALL BACKPACK FOR ESSENTIAL DAILY ITEMS:
MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS CARRYING PLENTY OF BOTTLED FRESH WATER
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: GOOD BOOTS/SHOES ARE ESSENTIAL:
I CARRY A SMALL ROLLED UP PONCHO FOR THE FREQUENT TROPICAL STORMS:
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A SMALL BOTTLE OF ANTISEPTIC HANDWASH:
A PACKET OF WET WIPES:
A SMALL PACKET OF TISSUES...JUST IN CASE:
A TUBE OF MOISTURISER:
Photo Equipment: A DIGITAL CAMERA BATTERY CHARGER: AND SPARE MEMORY CARD:
A RELIABLE INTERNATIONAL MULTI-POWER POINT ADAPTOR
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: CARRY AND USE A STRONG RELIABLE MOSQUITO AND INSECT REPELLANT HERE IN THE TROPICS:
A GOOD WIDE BRIMMED HAT:
A PAIR OF SUNGLASSES:
A TUBE OF RELIABLE SUNSCREEN:
A TUBE OF LIP BALM:
Miscellaneous: A SMALL SELF POWERED TORCH IS ESSENTIAL
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Hat and water
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure you have a hat, sunblock and water bottle that you carry with you at all times. If you can get a carry case that is a "cooler" even better especially if you are travelling around August when we were!
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