Packing tips for traveling to Vietnam

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Packing tips for traveling to Vietnam
Packing tips for traveling to Vietnam

Bring as little as possible, Vietnam has pretty much anything you can find back home.

Necessary documents: your  passport and  visa (with their copies); 2 photos (3cmx4cm), tour dossier (tour itinerary, address of travel agent or travel company operator, contact number) and others (if needed).

Cash in US$5s, US$10s, US$20s and US$100s (US dollars are commonly acceptable)

Packing tips for traveling to Vietnam
Packing tips for traveling to Vietnam

All the soaps and smellies are cheap and plentiful, and clothing, shoes and backpacks are all manufactured in Vietnam and available at a fraction of the price in the West. Tampons are available in all major towns and cities, but not in more remote areas.

A Swiss-army knife or equivalent come in handy, but you don’t need 27 separate functions, just one blade and an opener. A torch (flashlight) and compass are also useful.

Packing tips for traveling to Vietnam
Packing tips for traveling to Vietnam

Other handy things to bring are: name cards, as Vietnamese deal them out like a deck of cards; ear plugs to block the ever-present noise; a universal plug adaptor; a rain cover for the backpack; a sweater for the highlands and air-con bus trips; mosquito repellent to keep the bugs at bay; and a folding umbrella if you plan to visit during the rainy season (July and August are the wettest months).

The secret of successful packing: plastic bags ảe not only do they keep things separate and clean, but also dry. That means a lot at the end of a long, wet day.