What to pack
First of all, pack light. You’ll be bombarded by exciting new trinkets, clothes and souvenirs that you’ll want to bring home, so make sure you’ve got some extra space in your luggage. Speaking of luggage, a rucksack or backpack is much easier to handle than a suitcase, plus it leaves both hands free to take photographs and eat some of the local delicacies as you go.
Laundry service is cheap and easy to find, so a few changes of clothes will be more than enough. Most importantly, arrive with an open mind and a sense of humor. You’ll see, hear, smell, feel and taste things that are completely foreign to your western sensibilities, but isn’t that the fun of it all?
- Insect repellent
- Light breathable clothes
- Waterproofs for rainy season
- Warm clothes for cool nights and AC buses, trains and planes.
- Plug adaptor
- Passport with 6 months validity
- Visa (if necessary)
- Next of kin details
- Medical prescriptions (if necessary)
- 2nd photo ID
- mp3/digital music player
- A good book