Random Packing and Other Travel Tips.
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One more day of waiting to get on that plane and start my adventure. To fill the time, I prepared a few tips for when I travel. Hope it's helpful!
Packing Tips: Whenever I travel, I prepare a packing list so I don’t forget anything. (I have a standard form which I customize for each individual trip.) For my trip to SE Asia, I am bringing the following key items:
- Breathable, fast drying clothes. Work-out clothes are actually quite useful because they dry super fast and are super comfortable. A lot of these hotels will launder your clothing for cheap (or you can buy cheap clothes), so no need to pack a lot of clothes.
- A few modest pieces of clothing. Many Asian countries are quite modest and require your arms/legs to be covered, especially when visiting their temples and other religious sites ��" so be respectful and pack a few long shirts/skirts/pants.
- Comfortables shoes and flip flops. Even if you don’t wear flip flops out, you can use them in showers.
- Insect repellant/sunblock
- Stomach medicine bring a variety of tums, pepto, immodium, etc. just in case.
- Extra passport photos useful for visas-on-arrival, tourist passes, etc.
- Lots of plastic/Ziploc bags for dirty laundry, for organization, etc.
- Camera, charger and lots and lots of memory!
- Small calculator good for bargaining
- Toilet paper just in case … at Target they sell portable little rolls.
- Purell/handy wipes always good to have!
- Envelope for receipts organize for customs if you are an avid shopper (like me).
- Thank you cards (not essential, but I carry some to give to tour guides, drivers, concierges, etc., with tips)
- USD in small denominations a lot of the places actually take dollars so it’s useful to carry a lot of $1, $5, $10. No need to exchange currency, but oftentimes they can’t make change so it’s better to have small denominations.
- Sample clothes for tailors - If you plan to have clothes made, bring actual clothes or pictures of garments you want made.
Visa tips ��" Always check before you leave to determine whether you will need to get visas for the countries you are visiting. The following is applicable for
- Make copies of your passport, itinerary, airline/hotel tickets/confirms leave a set in your luggage and give a set to a trusted relative/friend back home. Also a good idea to email yourself a pdf of a set so you can retrieve it online in case it gets lost.
- Keep a list of emergency contacts: personal friends, applicable embassies, credit card company numbers, etc.
Get immunized! A lot of these countries recommend that you get immunizations for Hep A/B, polio, TB boosters, etc. The Hep A/B immunization requires a series of shots over the course of several months so start early! Some people also get malaria pills, but I’ve heard they make you feel ill so I opted not to do it.