Packing is exciting yet tiring at the same time, especially when you are traveling to countries which are so different from yours. In this articles, we provide tips as an insider who has been working in tourism industry for more than 10 years. What are the assumptions that travelers have when they pack things for their trips to Indochina? How to travel light and efficient? Should travelers pack food and medicine?
1. First assumption – Warm clothes during winter (December, January, February)
The peak travel season in Indochina is between November and February. That’s winter season in most of the Western countries. However, in Indochina or South East Asia in general, we have no winter. Instead, the weather is cooler during this period. The temperature in cities such as Luang Prabang or Hanoi is varied between 17 Celsius degrees and 22 Celsius degrees which is considered to be pleasant. It means a layer of cardigan would be good enough rather than bringing with you serious warm clothes.
2. Second assumption – One dress for all occasions
Comfortable clothes is essential when traveling. However, your trip to Indochina might include the visits to several temples. Most of the temples in South East Asia request appropriate attire:
- Long pants (covering the knee)
- Shirts that cover shoulders
- Skirts, small shorts, tank tops, and other items of revealing clothing are not allowed within temple grounds. Be comfortable but well-prepared.
Also pay attention to the day when you visit wildlife sanctuary. This activity might include trekking, boating, swimming,…so additional clothes should be prepared in advance as well as you might get wet.
It’s easy to find pharmacies in big cities such as: Saigon, Hanoi, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang, Yangon but that is not the case in other rural areas, especially if you are an adventurous travelers visiting the off-the-beaten tracks. That’s why it’s always wise to pack with you essential medicines and better keep it in your hand-luggage or handbag.
- Cold medicines and throat lozenges
- Diarrhea/laxative medicines
- Allergy medicines
- Hydrocortisone cream/antibacterial ointment
- Sunburn relief
- Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever
- Motion sickness pills or bands
- Altitude sickness pills (if you are planning to hike in higher altitudes)
- Eye drops
Medicines and vaccinations specific to the region/activity
Normally there are no vaccines required for travelling to Indochina. But just in case you are looking for a travel doctor, who will discuss health concerns, prescribe medications specific to your health itinerary before travelling, then Travel Clinics of America (www.travelclinicsofamerica.com) and International Society of Travel Medicine (www.istm.org) website provide information on local specialists. Ideally four to six weeks before departure is the best time to make an appointment with a travel doctor.
Some time during the trip you will miss the favors of the food in your home country. We occasionally see travelers asking for a good Mexican restaurant in town. So it won’t cost a lot of space packing with you some snacks you love to enjoy along the roads, especially when you are traveling with kids. But have peace in mind that there are plenty of international dining options available in most of the big cities in Indochina.
5. Don’t leave home without
- Moisturizer kit: choose the light one as it work better in tropical weather
- A cotton jacket / a cardigan: believe me it works well both in the summer and in the “winter” here
- Insects spray: you will need it for your trip to the jungles or Mekong DeltaSunglasses
- Electric converters and adapters: in South East Asia, electric current is mostly 220V. Sockets are generally of Sockets are both round and flat types. Three-pin plug adaptors can usually be found at local markets.
- Comfortable walking shoes
When you travel with Saffron Travel, you will get:
- A cap (upon arrival)
- A canvas bag (upon arrival)
- Rain jacket (on spot)