Either you’re one of the people who loves to pack or someone who absolutely hates it. But whether we like it or not, packing is essential when you’re going to travel, and some things are crucial to remember when we’re jetting off somewhere. If you’re one of the lucky people who are going to Vietnam to relax on the pristine beaches, enjoy the tropical heat, eat tasty street food and see stunning landscapes, there are a few things you must remember to bring to your trip to Vietnam. Read on to see what those things are.
This is the most crucial thing to have with you since there’s absolutely no way you’ll get to fly if you don’t have your passport with you. This is one of the first things you should pack in your bag. Put it in a place that’s safe, but also easily accessible, so you don’t have to dig in your backpack.
Depending on where you come from and how long you intend on staying in the country, getting a Vietnam visa is crucial. You must remember to apply for one and getting it approved before arriving to the country. Otherwise, the immigration officers will deny you entry to the country. Luckily, the visa process is easy, fast and affordable. The recommended way to get a visa is by doing it online. The two online visas are called Visa on Arrival and E-Visa. If you want to stay for longer than one month, or you simply can’t apply for an E-Visa, then the Visa on Arrival is an excellent choice. The E-Visa is only a 30 day, single-entry visa, so you can’t exit and reenter the country with this type of visa. If you’re planning on arriving to Vietnam by land, for example from Cambodia, you have to get a visa via the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. If you’ve been in Vietnam before and want to come back, you have to wait at least 30 days after the day you left Vietnam before you can come back. It might sound like it’s tricky, but it’s really not. You can safely apply for an online visa from home or wherever you are.
3. Travel insurance
Even if you’re not planning on doing anything “risky”, it’s still highly advisable to be insured. Many things can happen to you while traveling and if you need to go to the hospital, you’ll want to feel safe knowing that you’re insured.
4. Bring two credit cards
Let’s say you lose one of your credit cards, it gets stolen or something else, it’s good to have another credit card as a backup. You can also notify your bank that you’ll be traveling to Vietnam during these dates so they can block your card if they suspect anyone is trying to copy the card and withdraw money from your account. This happened to me in Bali and luckily I had another credit card, I blocked the other card and got the money back because of insurance. Never underestimate that these things could happen to you as well. It’s always better to come prepared!
5. Travel pillow
Your neck will thank you for this! You’ll most likely find yourself sitting in flights, buses, and trains for long hours to get to your next destination. A travel pillow is a lifesaver during these moments and will make sure your journey isn’t as uncomfortable.
6. Appropriate clothing
Pack accordingly to weather and a bit more! Always be prepared for rain, cold winds and don’t forget to bring your appropriate temple clothes! It’s always best to pack lightly when traveling since you don’t want to be carrying too much on your back, but some things like a raincoat, long pants, a warmer shirt and warmer socks are essential things to bring just in case. Even if you’re going to a tropical country, anything could happen, plans can change, and weather as well.
7. Comfortable footwear
What’s worse than having blisters all over your feet and having to walk for several hours? Be smart when it comes to the shoes you’ll bring with you. You’ll most likely walk a lot when you come to Vietnam, perhaps even go trekking for days, so bring some comfortable footwear, band aids and fresh socks.
It’s never a smart idea to skip sunscreen, especially when you’re going to a country that can get scorching hot. Even during cloudy days, you can get burned if you’re not careful. Always have a bottle of sunscreen with you wherever you go and remember to reapply after a few hours or if you’re sweating excessively.
9. Insect repellent
You’ll most likely come across a few mozzies… or make it hundreds. All tropical countries have annoying bugs and Vietnam isn’t the exception. Around dawn and dusk is when the insects tend to be more active, so remember to bring a good insect repellent with you and wear long trousers and long sleeved shirts in order to avoid getting bitten.
Planning on staying in hostels in Vietnam? Then for heaven’s sake, don’t forget to bring your earplugs if you want a good night sleep! Imagine sleeping in the same room as 16 others. At least one of them will make some unwanted noise during the night, such as snoring… Or sometimes worse things than that. To keep your sanity, bring earplugs wherever you go.
Most rest stops in Vietnam doesn’t have toilet paper so always remember to bring your own, just in case. It’s better to come well prepared than not come prepared at all.
12. But most importantly, remember to bring…
A good mood! It’s YOUR vacation after all and the most important thing on your trip is to have fun, be open minded, don’t let bad things get to you and enjoy everything that beautiful Vietnam has to offer. A good mood will guarantee that no matter what happens, your trip will be wonderful.