You would have already seen our top essentials needed in Bangkok post and I touched on toiletries and medication briefly. I’m here to talk about it in a little more detail to make sure you’re going to have everything you need. One thing I will say before I start is it doesn’t matter if you take too much on the way over because you will use it up or you can leave some behind and it won’t matter on your weight coming home.
#1 ~ Aftershave or perfume
Everyone likes to smell good, although when you visit Bangkok you need to think smart. You will want to take some sure but take one that is half full and not full up. If you’re worried about weight on the way back and can use up the aftershave and throw the glass bottle, you’re saving on weight. At the same time you’re not going to want to lather yourself in it because it can attract mosquitoes so you want to use less than you normally would at home.
#2 ~ The Bathroom
Now we decided to take Shampoo and Conditioner, both of these were new and never used. We didn’t even go through it all so we left it behind. We also took one shower gel although we did use all this so had to buy some more while out there, thankfully it was on offer. We also took some roll on deodorant, Savalon / Aftersun and of course toothpaste and toothbrush. We stayed in a fancy hotel so we had some bits provided each day although tended not to use it.
If you’re going to be walking a lot I would highly recommend Savalon or E45 cream, you don’t want your legs burning in the morning! Also a shower scrunchie helps and they are so light weight you can leave them behind or bring them home!
#3 ~ Other Random Bits
There’s not a lot to put in this one, but I’ll cover what I can. We took some travel wash which I spoke about in our essentials post, we used it all up and didn’t need to worry about what to do with it at the end of the trip. We take some on every single holiday we go on and this way it just means we’re not having to pay for a launderette while away and we don’t have to over pack as we can wash our clothes. I would say that if you have sensitive skin don’t use too much in one go.
You’re going to want to take some pocket tissues, toilets are weird out there. You almost always have to pay to use them and then pay for toilet roll on top. If you take your own pocket tissues then you have toilet roll with you, it’s probably cheaper to buy a big pack in the pound shop while in the UK and it’s much better quality.
I’ve touched based on this in my essentials post but I’ll talk some more here. You want to take any tablets in your suitcase, paracetamol, ibuprofen and prescribed. If prescribed make sure you have some form of evidence that it’s yours just to cover your own ass and make sure you take ibuprofen as they don’t sell it anywhere in Bangkok, although you can pick up face masks for next to nothing!
There you have it, everything we stuck in the bathroom while we stayed in Bangkok for two weeks. The only thing we had to buy while out there was more shower gel, that was because we had ran out, they were on offer and different to any I’ve been able to find in the UK. You want to make sure you’re prepared before going as you don’t want to spend a fortune while out there, if you can even find it!
I would also suggest that any liquid based stuff you take, such as shower gel and shampoo be placed into a sandwich bad and tied. I mean the last thing anyone wants when getting to their destination is to find that everything has exploded in their suitcase and everything is ruined!