Thailand packing list
medication - If
you are allergic to bee stings, you are likely allergic to
jellyfish stings also. Bring your medicine.
hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, insect
or sunblock (SPF15 or greater). Zinc sunblock is
recommended for sensitive skin.
and/or 'warm-when-wet' types of clothing such as some of
the new synthetic cloths. December through March is
usually very dry. Highly recommended hats and clothing.
The longtail (boat) ride in Khao Sok is often quite wet
that is light weight, light colored, and throw an extra
hat in too.
and safety strap. An extra pair of sunglasses is a
small waterproof flashlight.
shoes - Wetsuit booties are a bit too hot. Crocs
don't stay on feet properly in water. Strap sandals are
ok, though velcro and sand don't work together well.
extra pair of sandals (Dave learned this the
hard way when he had to wear a pair of undersized light
purple flowery shoes for a whole week in Laos on one
trip... they were the only pair in Vientiane close to
his required size 13).
you're coming on one of our hiking or mountain climbing
trips, you'll need a pair of sturdy hiking boots
with lugged soles. Sturdy sports shoes will suffice.
gloves with non-slip gripping surface if you have
tender hands. This is also a good idea of you have
sun-sensitive skin. A sunburn on the back of your hands is
light-colored, long-sleeve shirt if you are
sensitive to the sun. Wearing protection against the sun
during the midday hours is a good idea for anyone coming
to an Asian country.
you bring a non-waterproof camera, you may wish to
bring your own pre-tested watertight container. We
provide a quality dry bag for each person, but in a humid
climate, moisture can sometimes be sealed in along with
the camera. Bring a hand towel or small towel to wrap your
camera while in the dry bag. It's good padding and it's
helpful in case you've got sweaty or wet hands.
memory cards and batteries.
(a nice addition for a Khao Sok trip). We do not supply
binoculars however we have dry bags for your camera and
only need a small amount of money for incidentals,
personal items, tips, etc.
you are a light sleeper, you might want to bring some
EAR PLUGS. Frogs and other night sounds can get pretty
loud. At times the other guests in Khao Sok can be noisy
too. We have no control over the national park
- Your personal
paddle if you wish.
Nga Bay and Khao Sok - bring about 10 feet of light
string to make a clothes line. Bring a few clothes pins
and make-up are not necessary. If you don't
bring it, you can't loose it.
Naturally we respect Thai cultural values. This means the
local people can be easily offended by scantily dressed
Westerners. It is particularly important that women realize in
Muslim areas, it is very important not to appear in bikinis or
other clothing that people of more traditional cultures would
consider provocative or offensive. In other words, you won't
be able to wear your bikini around the fishing villages. A
pair of shorts and a shirt will do. Once on the water, you can
do as you please.
In our experience, Thailand is a safe, healthy country for
Thailand does not necessarily require any particular
immunization for your visit. Cholera, Yellow Fever, Tetanus
& Diphtheria, Typhoid, and Gamma Globulin are some of the
vaccinations that you should consider. We still recommend that
you consult your physician for recommended inoculations before
departure to Asian destinations.
For medical advice, check out the following sites:
Note: Malaria and Dengue Fever
are present in Thailand in areas where it used to be uncommon.
During the rainy season, April through November, it is advised
that you take all precautions to avoid contact with the
Acquiring travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss and
medical treatment is recommended. Make sure the insurance also
covers the activities that you will be undertaking during your
stay... such as kayaking. If you are participating is a
strenuous/extreme activity, it makes sense to buy evacuation
insurance too. Cancellation insurance is a nice option too.
Personal Medical Kit List
Note: We have a first aid kit on
all of our trips. For legal reasons however, tour operator
first aid kits do not normally contain lotions and potions. A
First Aid is just that, the first medical care you receive for
accidents and injuries. This is initial wound management only.
If you would like to bring your own or if you will be
traveling to other destinations before or after your Paddle
Asia adventure, here is our suggested list of contents:
very useful addition to any first aid kit is New Skin.
This is a liquid bandage, which is both an antiseptic and
waterproof. It creates a plastic shield over the wound.
This is very appropriate for the tropics.
or Panadol - for pain or fever.
- useful as a decongestant for colds, allergies, to ease
the itch from insect bites and stings or to help prevent
- useful if you are traveling well off the beaten track
but they must be prescribed. You can however, get
antibiotics over the counter in Thailand.
preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil - for upset
stomach or diarrhea.
mixture - for rehydration as well as treatment of severe
antiseptic - mercurochrome, antibiotic powder, or similar
'dry' spray - for cuts and abrasions.
lotion - to ease irritation from bites or stings.
and Band-Aids (plasters) - for minor injuries.
block and/or suntan lotion.
tablets if you plan on camping... not needed on our guided
- for blisters.
10% eye drops.
A simple medical kit can be very useful and won't take too
much space in your baggage. Prevention, of course, is the best
form of medicine.
caution in what you eat and drink. Stomach upsets are the
most likely travel health problem but the majority of
these upsets will be relatively minor.
bottled water only. Don't drink water with ice unless the
ice has a "hole" in it, although sometimes they crush this
type of ice too. In Thailand, the ice with a hole is from
proper drinking water. Basically, no one in Thailand
drinks tap water nor uses tap water for ice.
- To play
it extra safe, tea or coffee is recommend since the water
would have been boiled.
cautious when drinking fruit juice, particularly if water
was added. Canned fruit juices are OK.
and fruit should be washed with purified water or peeled
cooked food is the safest but not if it has been left to
cool. Many restaurants cook their food in the morning and
leave it out all day. It's usually OK, but if you are very
sensitive, you might get a bit of an upset stomach.
your hands regularly. It's quite easy to contaminate your
should brush your teeth with purified water rather than
shoes. You can get worm infections through bare feet. It
is important to wear shoes at all time in Khao Sok as the
bungalow walkways and all flooring is made up of rough-cut
wood or bamboo. Splinters are never fun.
- Try to
avoid insect bites by using insect repellents or by
covering bare skin.
Losing your passport is a big deal. You can get a new one at
your country's embassy in Bangkok. To make this nightmare
easier to handle, carry a copy of your passport and birth
certificate in a different place from where you carry your