Vietnam is an incredible place to explore for those who have a knack for history and culture. Many people are here for the adventure, to explore the green environment, and to engage themselves in the beauty of Vietnamese culture, one that is said to be a unique culture of its own, not to be found elsewhere. There are some people who also love to backpack in Vietnam, deeming it a way to be able to get the best out of the local lifestyle. If you are one of such person and are packing for your next backpacking or travelling adventure in Vietnam, we have prepared a packing list for you to keep track on all the things you need to bring along with you when you venture into the beautiful place. Read on to find out what’s on our packing list for Vietnam!
1. Insect repellent
As you might be involved in a range of outdoor activities, insect repellent is a definite need for you to bring along. Apply it when you are exploring the mountains. On hot summer nights, you might also find the insect repellent useful to prevent the bugs and mosquitoes from waking you up from sleep! If you want to ensure that your travel to Vietnam would be one that is comfortable, this is something you must carry.
2. Talcum powder
Talcum powder can keep your skin healthy by helping you to absorb moisture and cut down on friction on the skin. This is especially useful when you are expecting a sweaty day out and that you won’t be getting the chance to take a bath or a shower anytime soon. Besides, talcum powder is also useful for women, who would like to keep their skin in the best state for as long as they can, even when they are out in the wild.
3. Rain jacket
You never know what kind of weather is waiting for you in Vietnam. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so of course, a rain jacket is definitely something that you should stuff into your backpack when it comes to packing. The idea of having to walk under the rain, drenched from head to toe, sounds awesome when you know you can go back home in a while, but staying wet for hours, and travelling no matter what can not only spoil your day but also your trip. We definitely do not want you to go through that, so remember the rain jacket!
4. Indoor clothes line
The indoor clothesline is especially useful when you need to have your laundry done but the weather is not helping and there is no space for you to hang your laundry. You can either buy it from a DIY shop or, if you are ambitious enough, you can even make one yourself! Don’t forget to keep the length in mind when you prepare for one.
5. Anti-diarrheal tablets
Medicines are definitely important for a trip to Vietnam. But don’t forget to bring along anti-diarrheal tablets! The new kinds of food you are going to taste in Vietnam will definitely need some getting used to. You never know what kind of effect they will have on you, so this is something you might really want to prepare for, just in case.
6. Antibiotic ointment
Now that you will be setting foot into the unknown wild, it’s best to keep in mind that there are all sorts of bugs in there. Even the weather can be your worst enemy at times! So an antibiotic ointment needs to be in your bag so that you will have something to treat skin infections such as wounds, burns, acne, and so on, just so it won’t affect your travel.
7. American currency
There are a lot of places in Vietnam that accepts American currency too. Just in case you don’t have enough Vietnam Dong, you might want to stock up some American currency too to balance out your money usage. Many big shops and hotels in Vietnam actually accept American currency, so bringing along some dollars that would be very handy when the time comes.
8. Water bottle with water filtration system
To keep your drinking water clean and healthy, a water bottle with water filtration system needs to be in your bag so that it can reduce the chlorine taste and odour found in tap water. It’s also easy to clean, ruling out the trouble for you to spend too much time with your water bottle. While we are on this, don’t forget to always fill up your water bottle with water too. It’s important to make sure that you’re not dehydrated throughout your journey here in Vietnam!
9. Prescription medicines
Know your own body, know your own health, and prepare all the prescription medicines you need for the journey. This is extremely important especially for those who need to pop their pills on time. You don’t want to be visiting a hospital or a clinic in the midst of your exploration so don’t ever forget to bring along your prescription medicines. This should be on the priority list of things you need to bring!
10. Money belt
Bringing your money in a money belt will help you manage your money to a great extent. Sometimes, things move in such a rapid pace in Vietnam that you barely have any time to respond. And one of those times includes one when you need to pay for something, especially on the street. You don’t want to be struggling with searching for your money when you are being squeezed in the crowd. So a money belt will really rule out that concern, ensuring you a quick and smooth transaction process in Vietnam.
Get ready for your exploration
As you can see, the list of things you need to prepare for your adventure in Vietnam is actually not complicated at all! These are all things that you can easily find in a shop and some, you can simply find at home. Yet, it’s also important to note that some of the items on this list are crucial to ensure that you have a comfortable and convenient visit to Vietnam. So remember to check through them again before you depart, just in case!
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