Sunday, 20 May 2007

What to take

Here's the list of stuff we're taking with us:

  • Passport
  • Emergency telephone numbers
  • ATM cards and 2 credit cards (Mastercard and Visa card)
  • International driving license
  • Insurance details
  • 10 extra passport photos
  • Eye prescription
  • Vaccination book/ certificate

  • Spanish phrase book
  • Prescription swimming goggles
  • GoSIM SIM card.
  • Travel towels made of e.g. viscon, with tassles to hang it up to dry.
  • Umbrella!
  • Silk sleeping bag liner. We mailed then and they advised 2 singles is better than a doubel - more's the pity.
  • Plastic cable ties
  • Batteries for camera
  • Camera memory
  • Backpacks
  • Daypack – maybe not necessary, rather take a shoulder of messenger bag and use main backpack on day trips if necessary.
  • Money pouch/ belt
  • Combination padlocks
  • Large combination padlock for hotel door
  • Cable/ wire lock
  • Pen for filling in entry and departure cards
  • Ear plugs
  • Large paperclips to keep large wads of notes together
  • Inflatable travel pillow
  • Plug in mosquito repellent ‘mosquito vaporiser’
  • Gaffer tape
  • Ziploc bags
  • DIY seatbelt: webbing and a clasp
  • Pack of cards and 6 dice + 10,000 game rules
  • Universal sink plug
  • Superglue
  • Gaffer tape
  • Candles
  • Lighter
  • Swiss army knife
  • Plug converter
  • Travel washing line (twisted elastic, no pegs)
  • Safety pins
  • Torch
  • iPod
  • Shorts
  • Bikini
  • Shoes – trainers or ‘light trail running shoes’.
  • Shoe bag.
  • Something to sleep in – vest
  • 1 t-shirt + 2 polo shirt (t-shirt can be worn under polo shirt if it gets colder)
  • Sports bra
  • Anti-bacterial liners for trainers
  • Netted bag for underwear
  • Few vest tops
  • Beach towel – thin and long
  • Long sleeve polypropylene shirt that can also be worn in a restaurant for Ben, at least one long sleeved top for Debs.
  • Micro fleece
  • Wrinkle free travel shirt – long or short sleeved
  • Cheap poncho
  • 3 or 4 pairs of socks
  • 2-4 sets of underwear – travel underwear dries quicker and lasts longer.
  • Ben: 2 pairs of trousers – 1st not black, but dark enough to hide dirt. Lightweight, wrinkle free, comfy, stylish, easily washable with deep pockets, 2nd pair hard wearing (converters if you like the look of them). Debs: 1 pair of trousers and a skirt/ dress.
  • Thin cardigan to cover shoulders when wearing vest top (for temples etc). Alt. pick up a long tunic-like top en route.
  • Teva sandals
  • Collapsible hat
  • Bandana
  • Sarong – can pick one up en route if don’t find one before

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush & cover for end
  • Foot file
  • Deodorant
  • Contact lens fluid
  • Lip balm
  • Nail clippers
  • Hand sanitizer (no water required)
  • Brush
  • E45 (works as after-sun too)
  • Razor
  • Sunscreen
  • Wash bag with built in mirror and hanger
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
First aid kit (make own by filling tupperwear container with:
  • Blister plasters
  • Elastic wrap bandage
  • Pain killers
  • Mosquito repellent - spray to apply to feet
  • Click don’t scratch for insect bite relief
  • Insect repellent spray for clothing
  • Lidocain cream – for stings and bites
  • Antihistermines – for allergic reactions
  • Hydrocortizone cream – for rashes and skin irritations
  • Laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhoea medicine (Bismuth is an upset stomach and diarrhoea reliever).
  • Iodine for sterilizing cuts and drinking water (few drops).
  • Use water purifications tablets if iodine If tastes bad
  • Rehydration sachets – 4 each is enough to start with
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Malaria pills – Malarone, or is there a cheaper alternative? Doxycycline?
  • Thermometer - electronic
  • Tweezers – with sharp point for splinters
  • Sports tape to keep plasters on
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Tiger balm
  • Antiseptic cream
The guy from the Tropical diseases centre in Amsterdam who gave us our jabs is going to check our first aid kit list for us, so we'll update after we've spoken to him.



Anonymous said...

How many tigers does it take to make a kg of tiger balm, and is it morally correct?


Bobby of New Zealand

Ben and Debs said...

Hello Bobby,

Thank you for your question.

Unfortunately, Perry Mason is a fictional character, and will therefore be unable to attend your birthday party.

We appreciate your understanding in this matter.


Anonymous said...

But he promised, the whelk locating fop!

Hetty Wainthrop maybe?


Ceinwen P Hobbernib