Clothing and Equipment List


Vietnam Adventure


Western clothing is acceptable everywhere, but outside beach resorts Vietnamese people tend to dress conservatively. Out of respect for local culture we recommend that - particularly in rural areas - you dress accordingly i.e. no tight-fitting clothing, low-cut or sleeveless tops, etc. Shorts are OK in main tourist areas, but they (and skirts) should reach at least to the knee. Everyone should be prepared to cover bare arms and legs when entering religious buildings, and take off their shoes. A sun hat, sunglasses and high-factor sunscreen are all essential.

The following list of clothing and equipment is intended to be fairly comprehensive and experienced travellers may well take a good deal less luggage than we recommend


          Passport - including appropriate visas

          Photocopies of all documents (keep separate)

          Airline tickets

          Additional passport photos

          Travel insurance details

          Emergency contact numbers

          Trip information and itinerary

          Cash, credit/debit cards, money security belt/pouch



          Walking shoes or trainers

          Strong sandals (all purpose wear)


          Long sleeved shirt

          Long casual trousers

          Shorts/short trousers

          Fleece or sweatshirt

          Lightweight waterproof jacket

          Warm jacket


          Sunhat (styled to cover face, ears and neck)



          Soft-sided bag (50-80 litres)

          Lightweight daypack

          Sleeping sheet (optional for overnight train, although these can be purchased cheaply in Hanoi)


          Camera, memory card(s)

          Universal travel adaptor

          Insect repellent (with high DEET content)

          Personal first aid kit

          Washing kit (wet wipes and dry anti-bacterial hand wash)

          Loo kit (toilet paper/tissues)


          Torch and batteries


          Water bottle


The following items can also be useful:


          Face wipes

          Moisturising cream

          Snacks/energy bars

          Padlock for your bags

          Small mirror

          Spare glasses/contact lenses

          Earplugs (against snorers!)

          Cold water travel wash (preferably biodegradable)


These items are also useful but donít pack them in your hand luggage Ė put them in your main bag only!


          Penknife/small scissors

          Safety pins

          Small sewing/repair kit

          Nail clippers


Personal First Aid Kit
Your tour leader will be first aid trained and will carry a first aid kit. However, we recommend that you carry a small first aid kit for personal use. This could contain things like plasters, sterile dressings and bandages, a blister kit, pain killers e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream (for insect bites), sunburn cream, anti-diarrhoea pills e.g. Imodium or Lomotil and rehydration salts e.g. dioralyte.

Please ensure you carry essential personal medication in your hand luggage rather than checked in bags. You may require a letter from your doctor confirming this medication is for you.


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