There are some essentials that you need to bring to Vietnam. The purpose of this blog is to try to address many of the questions a traveler might have about things you might want to bring and others that you should be left behind.
Perhaps the most important for peace of mind and sleep is a very good pair of noise cancelling ear plugs. Vietnam is very noisy country and unless you are gong to spend a lot of money for a resort or luxury hotel, odds are that there will be outside noises that will disturb your sleep. The most common is the constant honking of horns. There is also the crowing of
roosters, squealing of pigs, the non ending barking of dogs, bust worst of all, the constant loud voices and banging of doors by Vietnamese hotel guests. (They grew up in the noise and don’t think about it) Another very important item in my books is having a very good sleeping pill. If you travel by bus or train, it will be mostly at night in sleepers. Again the noise will be constant with the blaring of horns. A sleeping pill with the earplugs inserted will save you a lot of stress.
Sticking with pharmaceuticals, a good anti diarrhea medicine is a good idea to carry. Most of the food and drinks are safe to consume, but there are bacteria that our bodies have never experienced. Many travelers will go through a short adjustment to the food and liquid here. Other items to be sure to include are a good DEET based mosquito repellant and high SPF Sunscreen. A pen and a note pad will help when trying to communicate ideas. Another great tool is to have a currency convertor wallet card. You can find one here. http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/
If you save the old clothing you intend on disposing of, you can lighten your load as you travel while making room for your
purchases. Simply wear your old clothes and then leave them in the hotel room when they are dirty. You then have that much room in your luggage to replace them with some of the excellent bargains to be had in Vietnam. Do not pack a rain coat or umbrella as those items are common and inexpensive here.
Vietnam has developed quickly over the past number of years and most toiletries and personal items can be purchased here. Do not worry about things like toothpaste, soap, razors, or other items.
Feel free to add items you think important in the comment section