What should you bring to Vietnam ?
Passport and Visa- Addition to the Originals keep photocopies or canned copies of your passport and visa in case you lose passport.
Cash – keep enough cash with you as many stores and restaurants only take cash.
- Appropriate Luggage
Daypacks or backpacks – For short excursions . Treks and day trip around the city , a daypack is the perfect thing to keep all your belongings with as you go about your day.
Brand name medication – The medication regulations in Vietnam are different than in other countries such that medicines are both cheap and readily available . Many of the brand like medicines Pepto Bismol and Tylenol are quite expensive but their non brand name counterparts are very cheap . If you prefer to take certain brand of medicine , bring extra.
- Bathroom Supplies
Toilet paper – It may be beneficial to keep toilet paper with you while traveling, especially on long bus rides. Most hotels , without toilet paper.
- Sun Protection
UV protection – The sun is very powerful here so high SPF lotions or sprays are a must.
Aloe vera gel – Aloe vera gel in a bottle is very difficult to find here but fresh aloe vera is readily available at the market.
- Insect Protection
Insect repellent with Deet – Dengue fever and malaria are transmitted by mosquitos so an insect repellent with Deet is a good thing to have. Although malaria is rare and is confined to the rural areas, dengue fever is more prevalent.
Cortisone cream – Bites can be highly unpleasant and the last thing you need is an infection too much!
- Proper Information
Travel books – Travel book can be invaluable here for important information about hospitals, money and more. Keep in mind.