13 Tips on items to pack for Tropical Destination (plus a few things to get when you are there)
These are the items that I try my best not to forget to pack when we head off for our next trip.
1. Travel adaptor – You can get one fairly cheap (and easy) off of eBay, as you will only be using it while travelling there no point in paying a $80 for one from the airport.
2. Sea sick pills – If you need to get to your destination via boat or will be going on a tour via boat, save yourself some ill feelings (pun intended!), get some sea sick pills! These will save some heart ache and bad memories! I wish I had remembered these when we went sailing to Koh Pha-ngan. You can get these in most holiday destinations but if you aren’t in an area to shop or are going on a tour the 1st day of your holiday, its better to be prepared!
3. Spare camera battery – If you are anything like me on holiday, you take photos of anything and everything. I hate it when we get half way through our day or tour and find that our battery is flat and we don’t have a spare!
4. Memory cards – Make sure to bring a spare memory card, what if you loose one or it is damaged?
5. Sunnies – I can’t leave the house without sunnies! I’m like a vampire, if I walk into the sun without sunnies I explode into a puff of smoke! Don’t forget to pack these, remember that its not just beach holidays that are sunny, the snow locations are extremely glare-y and bright!
6. Book or game –Like most people, I can’t sleep on a plane. Make sure to pack a book to read or game to play on the plane. Or if you have an Ipad, they are really handy, you can watch, read or play! Just make sure to turn it onto the aeroplane setting before take off. Make sure you have something to entertain you for 8-24 hours!
7. Small bottle of sunscreen – Sunscreen can be expensive especially in Thailand or if you are in remote areas you may not have access to a store that sells it. Best to take some rather than getting badly sunburnt and ruin your trip or waste a few days stuck indoors.
8. Phone charger – This is one thing I am usually scrambling back into the house as we leave for the airport to get. Oh and don’t forget your cameras or laptop charger too! In saying that, my phone is usually just used as an alarm clock or extra camera when we are on holidays.
9. Extra Passport photos – If your passport is lost or stolen, you will be required to get a few passport photos for your temp passport. The loss of a passport can be stressful enough, without having to find out where you can get these photos taken in a foreign country. (It is also a good idea to get a photocopy of your passport in case you need to take it into the embassy to get a replacement/temp passport – some countries also require you to carry ID, I’m not personally comfortable carrying around my passport)
10.Mini first aid kit – I usually make a little first aid kit with Band-Aids, a bandage, a few panadol, a small pouch of tissues, sea sick pills and sunscreen (ladies – tampons, you might not be in an area that sells them..). These are things you can get in most countries, but I prefer to be prepared in an accident!
11. Pen – You will need to write on your arrival and departure cards, flight attendants rarely have pens you can borrow and you always end up standing in line forever waiting to use a pen near customs. Best to come prepared!
12.Your own toothpaste – I prefer to bring my own toothpaste, I have found some toothpastes in other countries taste funny I Also remember to brush your teeth with bottled water in some countries as tap water may not be good for you.
13. Passport – Last but not least – Don’t forget your passport otherwise you won’t be going very far!
If travelling to a tropical destination, don’t bother packing jackets or heavy clothing, they will just collect moth balls in the hotel cupboard.
What to get there –
1. Sim card – Best to get a sim card from the country you are travelling for local calls, international roaming can be very expensive.
2. Insect repellent – In some parts of the world, being bitten by a mozzie can lead to some nasty illnesses!
Make sure to put your main valuables in your hand/carry on luggage – laptop camera etc. That way if your luggage gets lost or sent to another destination, you have the important valuables with you. It also stops these valuables being damaged if the luggage men are rough.
Hopefully these 13 tips on items to pack can be helpful for your next trip.