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Packing for Thailand

Richmond, Virginia
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Packing for Thailand

We are packing for THE trip to Thailand (Northern, too) and Singapore. We will be there Nov. Any suggestions of must-brings, including thoughts on plug-in mosquito repellers?

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November is not in a bad mosquito season, so having plug-in mosquito repellers in your room will not be very important. In any case, I don't think that the ones bought in the USA for 110 voltage will survive the Thai 220 V mains power, although laptops and phones nowadays tend to have chargers that accept any international voltage.

You can really buy most stuff relatively cheaply in Thailand, The typical advice is to bring an empty suitcase, since many people end up buying a lot.

Pack comfortable shoes and/or sandals. You can buy cheap flipflops in Thailand, but many people find that they will chafe their feet badly, even up to having actual wounds which can easily be badly infected in a tropical country. I

Pack any prescription medications that you may need. The brands available in Thailand may not be the same as at home, so you might have difficulties in figuring out what to buy locally.

If you must wear really large-sized clothing, you cannot expect that you can buy those anywhere in Thailand, although major tourist destinations have shops offering clothing in sizes much larger than needed by local Thai residents.

Pack an unlocked GSM mobile phone so that you can buy a local prepaid SIM card to make cheap calls. You can still see phone booths in Thailand, but they look quite filthy. If you are using Verizon or Sprint in the US, those phones are unusable in Thailand, but it is easy to buy a cheap unlocked mobile phone once you are there, though.

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Thanks, so much!

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And know that laundry shops are commonplace and very cheap, so you can have clothes washed instead of trying to pack clean clothes for the entire trip.

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Dengue fever is a problem in Asia and Thailand now even in November. It is spread by mosquitos in the daytime. Suggest you bring some repellent and where long sleeves and loose pants when out in certain areas especially outside the city. DEET is recommended.

As for packing an empty suitcase --I wouldn't bother. Just leave room in your checked baggage allowance for your return in case you decide you do want to bring back another suitcase of purchased items. You can buy very cheap suitcases even from small street vender sidewalk markets in many areas of bangkok or other cities. No sense hauling one over there if your not sure you need to.

Phones are very cheap in thailand to buy if you so desire. I always havea local phone both for local calls and international calss. Sim cards are free at several locations including the airport. You just "fill" the phone with advance credit for your calls and can add more credit at many places including nearest 7-11.

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