What To Pack For Your Vietnam Holiday?
Travelling to another country can be an exciting journey, but if you don’t pack the right items, or know a little about the country, it can become stressful rather than relaxing.
My husband Simon and son James loved our holiday in Vietnam and hope with the following information, you too will enjoy your travels to this beautiful and amazing country.
1. Breathable Clothing
It is hot and muggy even when the rain is pelting down, and you will perspire. So, to be comfortable and happy I recommend clothing with natural fabrics that can breathe, like bamboo, cotton and linen.
2. A Sense Of Adventure
We booked tours that included Vespas, motorbikes and pushbikes. These tours were fun and took us to places a bus can’t access. The extra bonus to booking private tours is that the guides are full of local knowledge and you get to experience the culture in a small group in places you might normally not go.
When on the back of the Vespa or motorbike, either shut your eyes or go with the flow; the traffic is crazy, especially in the bigger cities like Ho Chi Min and Hanoi, but wow, what a blast!
If you don’t pack in a hat you can easily purchase one at a local market. The humidity destroyed my hair so being able to wear a hat daily will not only save your face from the sun, it will save you blow drying time and give your hair a break from heated products if you use them regularly.
4. Old Shoes and Rubber Thongs
With the rain and dirt around, I don’t suggest wearing good shoes as they will be ruined. Wear rubber thongs or old slides, but also pack in a pair of old shoes that cover your feet depending where you are going for the day.
5. Extra Cosmetics and Creams
If you are like me and love to look after your skin, then pack in your favourite serums and creams, including a body moisturiser as some hotels don’t supply this. There is nowhere for you to purchase these items so better to be safe than sorry.
6. Sanitary Hand Wipes and Lotion
You will often be in a place where the toilets are not up to Australian standards and don’t have toilet paper or anywhere to wash your hands. Pack hand wipes and hand sanitiser and carry them with you on your outings.
7. Limit Items
When travelling on day trips, try to limit items, such as wallets and phones to one per family. Store everything else in your safe at the hotel. The less, the better, as you want to enjoy your day without the stress of being robbed.
8. Good Books
Pack in many books you can share around with your family, especially if you are catching internal flights within Vietnam. I packed in three books, which wasn’t enough, so I pinched some from James. Simon is reading my books. Sharing is caring. You can also download several eBooks to your phone or iPad, carrying many books without the weight! (Harder to share though.)
Some extra items that will help you:
As there are so many vehicles, crossing the road can be a scary experience if you don’t know what to do. The trick is to walk slowly and steadily across the road so that the traffic can anticipate your pace and move around you. When they toot their horns, they are not angry at you so don’t be scared; they are merely letting you know they are coming.
The official currency in Vietnam is the “Dong” and is the preferred method of payment throughout the country. ATMs are easily located in many cities, but often only allow you to take out a certain amount at a time. Credit cards are accepted by all hotels and many shops.
Be aware that violent crime is rare but be careful with pickpockets and bag snatchers, especially in crowded cities such as Ho Chi Min and Hanoi. We didn’t see any such crime, but it is advised not to wear expensive jewellery and only carry a shoulder bag. Please leave valuables locked in the safe at your hotel.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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