But I just can't help it! I'm like a little kid waiting for Christmas, a birthday, or any other day when something freaking awesome is going to happen. Except this awesome thing is Thailand. So I'm packing because I have to channel this enthusiasm!
This is far from the first time I have preemptively pulled out a suitcase. When I went to the Philippines last year, I had a suitcase packed two weeks ahead of time.
So far, it's "just" my travel essentials that have made it into my backpack. These are my must-haves, learned through trial and error. I recommend them for absolutely any trip you take also:
- Kindle. I don't care what you say about the authenticity of a paper book. I care about the weight of my bags.
- Swiss Army Knife. a life saver for all kinds of weird problems that come up. And for picnics. Mostly picnics.
- "First Aid Kit;" AKA band aids, antibiotic ointment and various pills for headaches and colds. Sure, you might be able to get all this wherever you go. But trust me, it's nice to have remedies you trust when the local cure is scorpion tea.
- This is obvious, but I've seen hostel-goers forget shampoo and body wash. Get travel sizes of each or a full-size bottle of a body-wash-and-shampoo. Oh, the glamour of travel.
- Hand sanitizer. Lots of it.
- Mosquito repellent and bite ointment. You might smell like chemicals. But it beats malaria.
- Sunscreen. Your pictures will not be amazing if you look like a lobster.
- Sweatshirt. Regardless of your destination, airplanes are cold.
- Beach towel. I once forgot to bring a beach towel...to the Philippines. Never again.
- A swimsuit. This is a must for anywhere you go. Trust me.
- A micro-fiber, rapid-dry towel, if you're staying at a hostel. Did I mention travel is glamorous?
- A small type of laundry bag to keep worn clothes separate from fresh ones.
Those are my essentials! What are yours? Any travel necessities I've forgotten? Tell me what you recommend!