It can't be stressed enough how Phuket is so different from the rest of the world. The island itself is far from the likes of Bangkok and other parts of the country, what more with the different countries and continents? This is why when you travel here, you'll need to pack wisely. It's not a stretch to say that what you bring to Phuket may make or break your trip here. It can either make your stay better or ruin your entire trip altogether. So if you want the former, be sure to pack these essentials for your trip to Phuket.
Water Resistant Bags
On an island like Thailand, it's highly likely you'll spend more time wet than you will dry. You'll go to the beautiful beaches
to swim, go island-hopping across the sea, hike through moist rainforests, or even end up covered in sweat after exploring the island. In any way shape or form, there's always a good chance that you'll become wet in Phuket. Now, that's all well and good for your body, but what about your belongings? If they get wet, they'll probably get ruined, right? This is why you ought to bring water-resistant bags when you go to Phuket. Putting all your stuff in one will ensure that they'll stay dry no matter what you do.
It's no secret that Thailand, as a tropical country in Southeast Asia, is among the hottest in the world. In fact, not only is it hot here, but it's also humid. You'll likely sweat buckets every single day and, if you're not careful, be at risk of getting a heat stroke. Of course, a great way to avoid all that is to wear light clothing. It's a good thing that the tropical lifestyle is common in Phuket. You can get away with wearing beachwear throughout the different districts on the island
, even in the busier and more urban areas.
For a place like Phuket, comfy footwear isn't enough. You'll also need to pack along some active footwear so that you can do all sorts of things
on the island. For instance, if you want to go on a hike all the way up o the famous Karon Viewpoint, putting on some hiking boots instead of any old pair of sneakers will prove more useful. And while most of Phuket's beaches are soft and sandy, wearing a pair of aqua shoes while you swim won't be such a bad idea. No never know what your feet might hit as you splash around.
As already mentioned, Phuket is a pretty hot place overall. During the day, the sun shines so brightly that you'll feel as if you're being roasted through a magnifying glass. That's how hot and sunny Phuket can get. Because of this, you really shouldn't forget to pack your sunscreen with you for your trip. And every morning, before you go out, you have to put at least one or two coats on. This is the only way to explore the island without the risk of getting sunburned. Best believe that a bad case of sunburnt can ruin your entire stay in Phuket!
As beautiful as Phuket—or the rest of Southeast Asia, for that matter—is, one unfortunate thing about the place is that it's infected with bugs. It's not exactly a plague of biblical proportions here, but it can get pretty annoying and, if you're not careful, can also pose a health risk. To ensure that you get to have a pleasant and healthy stay in Phuket, don't forget to bring along some insect repellent. Just like your sunscreen, it's good to put some on before you go out as well as before you go to sleep at night. Be it lotion or a bug spray, as long as it will protect you from insects, you're good!
As developed a city as Phuket is, you still shouldn't risk your health by drinking tap water. It's better to simply buy bottled water than drinking straight out of a faucet. Now, when you drink water in Phuket, it's always better when it's cold. As already mentioned, it can get excruciatingly hot on the island and if you don't have some cold water to cool you down, you're in trouble! Bottled water can only hold on to its cool temperature for so long so it's better to bring a tumbler instead. Go for those that will keep your water cool and fresh all day long!
Phuket is a pretty complete city with fine hospitals
, efficient healthcare centers, and well-stocked pharmacies. No matter what happens to you, rest assured, the city's healthcare institutions will take good care of you. So why would you still need to bring your own medicine? The language barrier. You can overlook being served the wrong food and such but when you're in desperate need of specific medicine and you can't understand the pharmacist because you don't know Thai, you're in trouble. In this situation, it's better to bring your own medicine and, if you have time, learn a bit of Thai
A destination like Phuket will have you spending more time outdoors than indoors. From the stunning coastline to the grand temples, you'll be running all over the place that you'll be surprised at how your feet ever handled it all. With that said, what if your gadgets go low on battery? Do you stop inside a shop and charge them there? That's a good option, yes, but what's even better is to bring a power bank and charge your gadgets as you travel. By the end of your trip, out of all the stuff your bought, you'll thank your power bank the most!
Who says traveling to Phuket is easy peasy. It may be a great destination to visit but if you're not careful, you might end up having an unpleasant experience here. But don't worry! As long as you pack these travel essentials, you'll get by in Phuket just fine!
Though not necessarily one you can pack, another way to ensure you'll have a great stay in Phuket is if you get a luxury home