What to pack?
We know you will have questions about what it’s like in Thailand, so here is a quick guide on what to pack and what to expect.
Pack light. Any well seasoned traveler will tell you that it’s easier to pack light and buy what you need later than to lug around a ton of unnecessary stuff. That being said, there are certain things that you will want to make sure to bring with you.
1. Passport (as well as a copy) that will not expire within six months of your return to the US.
2. If you plan to stay in Thailand longer than 30 days, you will need a visa to do so.
3. Bring immunization and health records in case of an emergency, as well as insurance cards and phone numbers.
4. You will also need an additional photo ID such as a drivers license or state ID-it must be a legally recognized ID, so your school ID will not work.
5. As well as your credit cards, make sure to bring copies of them, and their customer service numbers.
6. Cash is always great to have on hand when traveling in a foreign country. About $100 will do, which you can convert to Thai Baht before leaving (some banks offer this service for free) or after arrival (you will have to pay a fee to have this done).
7. Any prescriptions that you may take-bring enough to cover the entire trip.
8.Over-the-counter drugs such as aspirin, allergy-relief, and anti-diarrheals are good to have on hand. Pedialyte is great for keeping hydrated and up on your electrolytes.
9. Voltage converters if needed. Thailand doesn’t use different plugs, but outlets do have a higher voltage output (Thailand: 220 volts, US: 110 volts). Many electronics such as all Apple products can handle 220 volts, but check before leaving.
10. Feminine supplies if needed.
11. Laptop and charger (tablets work just as well, are easier to transport, and take up less room). You’ll be doing a lot of typing, researching, and sharing of documents, so make sure you’re comfortable with all of those things on your device before leaving.
12. Phone with charger and international SIM card. This is not required but the more people in our group who have them, the better.
13. About one week’s worth of neat, modest clothes for hot weather (see more in FAQ).
14. Two sets of “nice” clothes, for meetings with officials. Polo shirts, dress shirts, and khakis are useful.
15. Packable water bottle-you’ll be given bottled water (don’t drink the tap!) but the bottles are cumbersome. Bringing a water container that packs down will let you carry lighter loads.
16. Sunscreen- it’s expensive to purchase in Thailand.
17. Bug spray/wipes. Permethrin clothes wash is a great way to bug-proof your clothes before you leave.
18. A hat with a brim for sun protection, as well as sunglasses.
19. Shampoo, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant (though these can be bought there if forgotten).
20. Light-weight, packable waterproof jacket. It does rain.
21. Layers! It can get cold at night, or the sun can be harsh, so bring something long sleeved but light to throw over a t-shirt.
22. A journal to record the experience (these will be collected for the course and returned at the end of the trip). These can be digital journals, and you may want to bring a separate one for more personal journaling.
23. A small day pack for water bottle, sunscreen, notebook.
24. Camping towel…something absorbent but packable.
1. Contact solution and extra lenses if needed.
2. Camera, charger/batteries, memory cards.
3. Snacks such as granola bars!
4. Basic first aid supplies.
5. Thai language guide.
6. Gifts for hosts, meetings, new friends.
7. Donations for Warm Heart
Do NOT Bring
1. High voltage electronics such as hairdryers. If absolutely necessary, bring travel sized options.
2. Expensive jewelry, gadgets, family heirlooms.
3. Large amounts of cash.
4. Legally restricted substances.
6. Sharp objects.
7. Bed linens.