What to Pack for your Thailand Trip


Thailand BackpackPacking for that family holiday can be a very daunting experience, especially for first time travellers.  We have compiled this list which we hope might be helpful in fine tuning your luggage requirements.

What to pack in your carry-on luggage…

  • Your passport for all overseas travel.
  • Wallet or purse.
  • A list of all your important phone numbers and email addresses, including those emergency ones, hotel contacts etc.
  • Photocopies of everything important (passports, traveller cheque numbers etc.), leave a copy at home, on the internet (internet mail account) and if possible with your travelling partner.
  • Mobile phone (charger can go in your checked luggage)
  • Driver’s License and/or other photo identification required for domestic travel.
  • Insurance information.
  • Credit cards.
  • Travellers checks.
  • Airline, Cruise or Train tickets.
  • Itinerary with confirmation numbers and addresses and phone numbers of where you’ll be staying and home numbers.
  • Small change or bills for tipping
  • Jewellery/ Camera and any other valuables which should not be packed in your checked luggage.
  • Prescription Medication.
  • Prescription Glasses/ Sun Glasses.
  • Snacks/Juice but check airline regulations regarding carriage of liquids.
  • A good book to read for those longhaul flights.

A few important  packing tips..

  • Pack anything in your carry on that you cannot live without in case your luggage is lost or delayed (glasses, prescription medications etc)
  • Pack your valuables in your carry on. Do not pack money or valuables that could be stolen from your checked luggage.
  • Do not pack anything in your carry on that could be considered a weapon like scissors or nail files – they will be confiscated!

A few more general packing Tips…

  • Very useful for everyone in the family are pants that become shorts when the bottom parts zips off.
  • Bring lots of t-shirts including a few oldies that can be thrown away.
  • Even in a hot climate, bring a jacket or sweater: air-conditioned restaurants and hotels can get cold.
  • You may think that you need everything but if you are really pushed for space, don’t pack anything that you can buy at your destination.

First Aid Kit

First Aid KitIt is always best to travel with a personal medical kit. Why?  Primarily because you need this stuff quickly and readily available – and that’s not always convenient when you’re travelling.  Additionally, you’ll find that in remote destinations much of what we take for granted as “basic” supplies is simply impossible to find.

This list can be expanded depending on where you are going and what your doctor advises, but the basics should include:

Basic Kit

  • Antiseptic cream/lotion
  • sunscreen
  • headache tablets
  • band-aids/gauze
  • small scissors/tweezers
  • any antibiotics or prescription drugs (with a letter and a copy of the prescription from your doctor)
  • crepe bandage + safety pins or butterfly closures
  • hand sanitizer… (Basic hygiene also goes a long way to ensuring you don’t get sick in the first place)

If you are going off the beaten track or to developing countries, also pack:

  • anti-diarrhoea tablets and laxatives (for changes in diet and water quality)
  • fluid and electrolyte replacement medications (eg. Gastrolyte, a water-soluble powder)
  • water purification tablets
  • Malaria tablets – this varies according to the destination and the mozzies’ resistance levels.
  • antihistamines – very useful for savage insect bites

Travel with Kids

And if you’re travelling with children, our two top First Aid tips are:

  • packets of antiseptic hand wipes for cleaning sticky fingers before and after meals
  • enough liquid paracetamol or similar to get you through at least a week of a bad fever.  Whilst it seems commonplace to buy this over the counter in many Western countries, it simply does not exist in developing nations.
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