Emily and I are flying out to Bangkok today, for eight exciting weeks in Thailand. We're hugely looking forward to it and we're busy planning our route and activities for this adventure. We've also been packing up our snowboarding and winter gear, after ten excellent weeks in the Alps and have bought some new summer and travelling gear.
We spent ages wondering around various outdoor shops, before I finally chose this Lowe Alpine rucksack. It's a 65 litre + 10 litre rucksack, which has loads of space and pockets, along with a rain cover, in case we get caught in any showers. I also want to use this rucksack for the many festivals I go to each year and think this is ideal. Importantly, it's super comfortable for me too. Check out the Blacks website for loads of great rucksack options. I'd definitely recommend buying from the high street so you can try the rucksack on. Blacks were the best retailer for different options and brands, from all the various shops we tried.
We've looked on various websites and forums to decide whether or not we need a mosquito net. The general consensus seems to be that most hostels and hotels have them available, but that considering how small they pack up and how light they are, it's a good idea to carry one. We've opted for one large one between us, which we could use either sharing a single or double bed, or by pushing two single beds together. We'll also be taking string and gaffa tape, to help attach the net to the ceiling if the accommodation doesn't have hooks. The double mosquito net we chose was £22 from Amazon, available here.
There's nothing worse than packing a damp towel back into your luggage on holiday, so we've opted for micro-fibre towels. They dry very quickly and fold up incredibly small; about the size of a coffee mug! Our micro-fibre towels were £6.99 each from Amazon, available here.
We've been advised to take sleeping bag liners / sleeping sacks with us. This is because the beds and bedding in hotels and hostels isn't always all that clean, plus it gives you something light to sleep in if we end up sleeping on the beach. The sleeping sacks we chose were £10.33 each, available here from Amazon. We'll also be taking a couple of pillow cases too.
We've bought this Lonely Planet guide book, which we've been flicking through to help get ideas of where we want to go and what we want to do while in Thailand. We bought it from good old Amazon for £12.33, available here. It also has a pull out map of Bangkok, which I'm sure will come in super handy when we're trying to navigate the busy labyrinth of the Thai capital.
I'm going to be packing super light, so that my rucksack doesn't weigh too much and so that I can buy souvenirs along the way. Including what I'm wearing for the flights, I'll only be taking two pairs of shorts, a pair of swimming shorts, four t-shirts, a few pairs of socks and underwear and basic toiletries. I'll also take a think hoodie and a very think packaway rain jacket, in case I get caught in any showers.
I bought the two pairs of shorts from River Island. You can see the Tan Chino Shorts below in the photo, available here and I also bought the same pair on grey, available here. I hate high street shopping, so was delighted to get all my shorts in one quick trip to the changing rooms, also buying the purple swim shorts you can see below, also available here from River Island.
We're flying out later on this evening. I've never been further than Europe and Morocco before, so I'm very excited about the long flight and hopefully some good films onboard too! I'll be posting a few blog posts about our Thai experiences when I get back at the end of April.