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Vietnam Packing List – How Not to Forget the Essentials

To be a savvy traveller on your much anticipated Vietnamese holiday, you need to pack right. Taking along some much needed essentials will prove to be an immense help; read on for some tips.


US Dollars Go a Long Way

You will find that taking US dollars will give you loads of mileage in Vietnam. The currency is widely accepted at a number of places and easy to convert at the official money changers. Mind you do stick to one of the official money changers in order to stay out of trouble. Do not change all your money at once, hang onto a few dollars, as it has loads of mileage in getting little things done and even speeding up procedures and jumping the line in packed shows; if it is your last days in a certain city. The US dollar goes a long way in Vietnam and would be your best bet.


Visa Documents Should be in Order

Take along all visa documentation you receive. Get yourself a special pouch for storing these documents, which should be kept with passports and other important travel documents. It is a mere foolproof, endeavour to make sure you do not get into any form of trouble with the authorities, especially as most places are yet to be electronically linked, carrying your visa documents will enable you to travel about the country with ease.


Pack a Waterproof Jacket

If you are going to be touring Vietnam, home to paddy fields, beautiful waterways and sudden showers, a waterproof jacket will make sure you stay warm and dry. Especially places like beautiful Hoi An will entice you to explore the waterways that surround picturesque Hoi An hotels. It is one of Vietnam's ancient port cities and has plenty of water-based attractions to explore. Guests at Anantara Hoi An Resort, for instance, can plan to take tours across the Thu Bon River, for sights of vintage waterside bungalows, antique bridges and verdant banks. A dry bag too should be included in your packing list, to keep your expensive cameras and phones safe, when travelling across the water or indulging in water sports.


Take Along a Rucksack or Day Bag

Vietnam is a country that beckons the wandering traveller to explore; hence, you need to have a day bag that can be conveniently carried around on your travels. Basics such as a cap, insect repellent, maps, plenty of water, etc. can easily be carried in a day bag.


Lightweight Trousers and Cotton Tops

Do pack a few lightweight pants, that make walking along the bustling streets of Hoi An or Ho Chi Minh easy. Remember these are tropical countries, that at times can be hot and humid, lightweight pants are not only airy and comfy but make your journeys pleasant. Likewise, cotton tops will keep you cool and comfortable and can always be paired with a lightweight jacket if the weather takes a turn for the worst.


Comfortable Shoes are a Must

Vietnam is a country you will spend a lot of time exploring on foot, whether it's the bustling city streets or verdant countryside's, a comfortable pair of sandals will keep your feet cool and airy. A good pair of walking shoes too will prove to be an asset for trekking across the countryside paddy fields and visiting local villages.