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The Essential Packing List for your Laos Trip – Preparation is the key to a good trip

When it comes to travelling, the critical piece of advice anyone can give you is to remember to pack well. Of course, this will all boil down to what kind of trip you are hoping to have, but when it comes to visiting Laos, there are some things you simply cannot do without.


What time of the year are you travelling?

When it comes to visiting places like Laos, it is crucial to keep in mind the time of the year you are hoping to arrive in the country. In addition, given that it is a tropical nation in Southeast Asia, you are likely to be heavily affected by the climate patterns that frequent this part of the world.
If you are visiting during the rainy season, the best thing to pack is either a raincoat or an umbrella. However, during the dry season, you would be well advised to carry as much sunscreen as possible along with some sunglasses and hats for cover.


Which parts of Laos are you visiting?

If you are visiting the big cities of Laos, then there may not be much you will need to pack in advance. However, suppose you are planning on heading towards the northern part of the country. In that case, you will need to prepare accordingly. Given that this part of the country is quite mountainous, there will be much trekking to be done in your travels. This means that it would be best to find the best hiking boots you can acquire as you will definitely need them for your journey. It would even be recommended to get a hiking stick, if possible, to support your journey.


Prepare for the attractions

When travelling through Laos, you will run into many temples and other religious sites without a doubt. These will always require a particular dress code to be worn before you can enter its premises. Therefore, be sure to prepare in advance and pack very plain clothes that are not revealing or bright so that you can enter the religious sites of Laos.

Additionally, if you are looking to relax by the pool after a long day of exploring, be sure to pack up a set of swimwear as well! If you are staying at a hotel in Luang Prabang, such as the Avani+ Luang Prabang, and you have somehow forgotten to pack your swimwear, the staff may help you procure some as well.


Plan for the duration of your stay

A stay that crosses between the two seasons in Laos will require some extensive packing and should ideally include material such as waterproof shoes as well as a waterproof cover for your backpacks.


Don't forget the essentials

It goes without saying that if you are looking to visit a foreign country, you simply must not leave your house without your passport, visa, return ticket as well as accommodation confirmation. These documents will be invaluable once you arrive and maybe a massive help in a challenging situation, so be sure to keep them safe as well!