As a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, Laos is relatively unspoilt by the hordes of tourists that invade the beach resorts in the surrounding region and as a result the more intrepid tourist can visit a country that is relatively unspoilt. For the main part, Laos is very rural and outside of the main cities you are unlikely to find the creature comforts that you take for granted in the western world, or indeed many places in Asia, so you need to make sure you pack the essentials that may be unavailable.
Although independent travel to Laos is possible, the chances are you will not get to see all what this magical country has to offer. From the mighty Mekong River to the coffee growing Bolaven Plateau region, there is so much more to this country than the capital city Vientiane and the famous town of Luang Prabang.
There are a number of choices when it comes picking the right holiday packages for your needs. These include notable private Laos guided tours and vacations which are well worth investigating further if you want to learn about the country as well as just see it. Below is a list of what you need to take with you for your Laos trip.
Essential Things You Need To Pack
As previously mentioned, the items you take for granted at home may not be readily available in Laos and although you can do without some things, there are other things which you really need to bring including but not limited to:
Sunscreen – Although certain brands may be available, there is always a chance that the lotions will be of poor quality or perhaps even counterfeit. If you pack one thing, make sure it’s good quality sunscreen.
Mosquito Repellent – Mosquitoes are widespread in Laos and to avoid getting bitten you will need some high-quality repellent. There are natural remedies available in Laos which are said to be highly effective but it’s best to be on the safe side and buy some well-known brand name repellent at your local pharmacy or supermarket before you leave.
Mosquito Net – Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn and no matter how luxurious your hotel is you will always get a few bites. A mosquito net is essential if you are staying in rural areas, particularly if your accommodation is near a source of standing water.
Snacks – Although you will certainly not go hungry in Laos it might be wise to pack a few of your favourite dried snacks. Nuts and dried fruits are always useful and very portable.
Waterproof Jacket – As with all places in the tropics it does rain occasionally, even outside of monsoon season, so pack a waterproof jacket just in case.
Walking Shoes – A pair of good quality walking shoes are an absolute must, not only are they good for sightseeing but they also provide an element of protection against the wet, insects and snakes.
Prescribed Medicine – Make sure you have a doctor’s note or prescription to show customs officials in Laos and connecting airports.
The above list is not exhaustive and there may be more things that you need to take that are essential to you. In the meantime, have a great holiday. Sabadee!