International Travel Checklist – Backpack Essentials – My Travel Packing Checklist for Thailand

I have been traveling frequently since last few years and over these years, I have become more organized in terms of my travel. Having a ready checklist helps a lot and so I thought of sharing my latest one.

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Following is the International Travel  Checklist that I had prepared specifically for Thailand (My 2015 Vacation Checklist) but with small modifications list remains equally applicable for other destinations too. This one isn’t very extensive, but I think it does cover what’s essential for a trip.

Travel Packing List

Depending on whether you are traveling to beaches or mainland or both, you may modify your list.

Packing Tips

  • Pack T-shirts as 6-inch Military Rolls – to ensure minimal wrinkles and ease of fetching the right one when required

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  • Use Grid-it Travel Organizer for Organizing the gadgets – well organized and easy to access – no tangled cables and scratched gadgets

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  • Pack all liquid or gel like items in small 100ml travel bottles, ensuring the total liquid doesn’t exceed more than a litre
  • Use a Passport Wallet to organize passport, tickets, passport photos and currencies – becomes quite handy during immigration, check-ins at hotels, interaction with tour operators and when need to fetch currency
  • Pack at least a full length bottom and a top that will cover your elbow  – in case you plan on visiting some religious places. Many of the places have specific requirements.
  • Pack medical supplies depending on your medical condition; everyone should keep and at least a basic first aid kit – you never know when you might need one.

Thimphu – The Modernized Valley of Bhutan

Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, is a place to indulge in the city life of a modernized kingdom. The life in the valley gives you an opportunity to experience the magical old-world charm and the modern amenities, both at the same time. The city offers excellent varieties of local and international cuisines for the food lovers, remarkable architecture for the eyes of those seeking beauty and museums and serene landscape for those willing to explore the culture. We spent quite a few days in Thimphu and saw almost all major points of interest at our own pace, without the help of any tour guide or travel agent. In our opinion, some of the best things to do in Thimphu are:

Tashichho Dzong

The most prominent structure in Thimphu is Tashichho Dzong or Thimphu Dzong.

Thimphu Dzong, Bhutan

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Bhutan – The Land of The Thunder Dragon

Bhutan - The Land of Thunder Dragon

Bhutan – the land of the thunder dragon, has the potential to both, surprise you (with its beauty and culture) and shock you (with some never-seen-before things). It is the land of rich culture, majestic architecture, handicrafts, beautiful valleys, Buddhism and lovely people. The moment you enter Bhutan, you find yourself in a different world. The most noticeable attractions are – the old world yet very captivating and majestic architecture, a unique dressing style, religious people rolling prayer wheels and chanting, and almost everyone chewing Paan (betel leaves). You feel like you have time-travelled centuries back, to reach this amazing Himalayan Kingdom – Bhutan.

Surprises are good – they keep the excitement levels up but shocks can make any trip even more interesting and memorable. Let me share with you a few such moments which shook me completely. I couldn’t close my jaws when I saw a monk with a gun in his hand (children playing), a monk buying pork at a butcher’s shop and a married monk. Even more appalling was to see monks betting their money in some of the games at a local fair and to find out that following any religion other than Buddhism is an offence to the state. The other one is more like a matter of pride than surprise, that most of the major roads in Bhutan are constructed and maintained by Indian Military (Border Road Organization called BRO) only, through a project called Dantak. There was a lot to see and do in Bhutan. So here are N things which we liked a lot, in the order they are listed, which you too might appreciate if you visit Bhutan:

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Paro – The Most Beautiful Valley of Bhutan

Paro, a popular valley in Bhutan, is the house to the most iconic attraction of Bhutan – Taktsang, also popular by the name – The Tiger’s Nest. It is a naturally beautiful valley with cloud touching mountains, blue sky and a river flowing through the valley – an ideal landscape that we use to paint as children.

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Interested in the bigger picture, then read – Top 10 Things to Experience in Bhutan

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Phunakha – The Old Capital of Bhutan

Phunakha – the old capital of Bhutan should definitely be on your list if you want to see the most beautiful Dzong of Bhutan – the place from where the present king of Bhutan got married, the longest suspension bridge of Bhutan – where you can swing with the bridge and the breeze, and the Lakhang (temple) of the Divine Madman, where you can get blessed with a baby if you haven’t already got one.

Phunakha

Interested in the bigger picture, then read – Top 10 Things to Experience in Bhutan

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