Make Sure These 5 Items Are in Your Backpack Before You Go to Thailand
Everyone knows the basics of packing for Thailand, like mosquito repellent, sunglasses, your passport and so on. On top of that, you can buy anything you missed after you arrive. However, there are a few things that you don’t want to get caught without. Make sure you have these items before you set off!
Everyone gets “Bangkok Belly” in Thailand, which can range from – if you’ll excuse the graphic language – a little looseness, to sheer explosiveness. Normally it’s best to drink more water and let your body flush it out.
However, there are times where it’s desirable to (apologies again) close the hatches. For example, enduring a 12-hour coach ride with “Traveller’s Tummy” in the absence of Imodium is a sorry experience. Anti-diarrhea tablets like Imodium can make situations like this much more comfortable.
Eye Mask and Ear Plugs
Bring these. Just do it. You won’t regret it. If you’re staying in dorms, you’ll people coming home late (or early), watching movies, or even more, ahem, x-rated activities (in the latter case, please speak up, to help stamp out this uncivilized behavior!).
Many otherwise decent hotels have ineffectual curtains that let in the glorious sun as soon as it rises. Thailand’s sleeper trains are excellent, but they leave the lights on, which can be a big problem if you’re on a top bunk. There’s also the flight to and from Thailand itself. The point is: bring an eye mask and ear plugs.
Laundry in Thailand ranges from 40 to 60 Baht per kilo (2.2 pounds). Pretty cheap, but many people opt to save money by hand washing or using the coin-operated machines that you’ll see everywhere. The problem is, then you have a load of wet clothes.
That’s where the clothesline comes in — you can tie this up outside your room or on a balcony, and hang your clothes over it. If you’re not slumming it and have enough cash for the laundrette, don’t bother with it. For hand washing, also bring a sink-stopper — not all sinks have plugs.
Thailand’s intense heat and humidity create a breeding ground for bacteria. There are bacteria in the water, in the air. They are everywhere! You need to keep your hands clean to avoid getting this into places you don’t want it, so hand sanitizer is an essential item to bring. A separate antiseptic cream is also advisable; use it daily on any cut, bruise, scratch or graze you get until it has fully healed.
Microfiber Travel Towel
Most accommodation options provide towels, but not all, so bring a microfiber towel for those occasions you get caught short. If you haven’t seen one of these, they are much lighter than your standard towel, so they are ideal for traveling. They also dry very quickly, so you won’t be lugging a damp towel around with you everywhere. They are not something you’d enjoy using every day but make an ideal backup.