Hanoi "supplies" question
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Oct 27, 2012 9:26 PM Last Post By: mooslie
Oct 25, 2012 10:36 AM
Hanoi "supplies" questionHi all. I'm flying into Hanoi for the beginning of my 2-month journey and will stay there for 2-3 days before taking off for Halong Bay. I'd much rather spend my time exploring the city culturally and gastronomically and avoid wasting time on prolonged shopping for the few things I need (since I'm traveling light - carry-on):
- small knife
- long sleeve shirt
- tooth paste
- small umbrella
I will be staying at the Advisor Hotel: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=35466521&biw=1366&bih=626&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=advisor+hotel+hanoi&fb=1&gl=us&hq=advisor+hotel&hnear=0x3135ab9bd9861ca1:0xe7887f7b72ca17a9,Hanoi,+Hoan+Kiem+District,+Hanoi,+Vietnam&cid=0,0,15779885095836179974&sa=X&ei=HHiJULfpI-ScyQHvmoGoDQ&ved=0CL0BEPwSMAM
and was curious if anyone knows of some good markets/stores nearby where I could knock most (or all) the above-listed things in a go!
Oct 25, 2012 11:32 AM
1Looks like you're not far from the Dong Xuan Market, a huge indoor market. You'll also find mini-marts everywhere. The Old Quarter is one big shopping area and everything you could possibly need is just a short walk away.
Oct 25, 2012 12:14 PM
2flying out with a knife on your person will be dodgy for a start?and as for toothpaste shamppo (200mgs small bottle shampoo is OK)
What do you need for essential travel amounts to around 4kgs
1) small day pack
2) small wash kit soap/ shampoo/ toothpaste + smellies
3) 4 T shirts 4 pairs underpants 2pair socks 1 for trekking 1 for flight home
4) lightweight waterproof (type that packs into tiny bag)
5) small alarm clock (for those early am flights buses etc etc
6) flip flops travel on flights with pair of Teva style sandals or trekking Trainers for trekking climbs etc etc
7) small towel and light weight sleep sheet / sleeping bag liner
8) lightweight fleece for mountainous regions + air con buses where it can be cold
9) small medical kit comprising small tube antiseptic cream, a few various sized plasters, some lint+ cotton wool, small bottle Iodine, paracetamol tabs couple of strips (these are essential if fever as brings temp down also for usual headaches and only medical treatment for Dengue.) small bottle Deet anti mozzie spray buy in Bangkok pharmacy 33% for most effective not higher deet content.
Wash T shirt and underwear in shower each day with soap and shampoo, 4 is for days when unable to because travel won’t allow to dry.
Oct 25, 2012 2:32 PM
3Thanks everyone. Montyman, that's pretty much identical to my packing list, except i'm not even taking any t-shirts...plan on getting a few while there. 15lbs worth of stuff. Have a bit of duct tape rolled up on a small pencil and some rope. No flip flops either, tevas will get the job just fine (as well as some light sneakers). Not planning on bringing the knife back either, although it's always worth a shot ;)
ps. also, I have some 100% deet, why not higher than 33%?
Edited by: spilot101
Oct 25, 2012 4:31 PM
Oct 25, 2012 6:09 PM
Oct 25, 2012 9:16 PM
Oct 25, 2012 10:49 PM
Yup. My dad looked like he had been roasted on a griddle. I swapped him my big bottle of 25% for his little bottle of 100% (I had no reaction to the strong stuff) and we were both much happier.
If you are really trying to save weight, get a bottle of 100% and try it at home on one arm. If you do have a reaction, get the dilute version.
Oct 25, 2012 11:16 PM
Oct 25, 2012 11:35 PM
Oct 26, 2012 12:14 AM
10no one would even bother to steal my Mobile and I cling to my wallet, But the good thing about cheapo T shirts I paid 3 for 100 baht at Chattachuk market, is that if mandmade fibres 'poly'? then they dry much quicker after being washed in shower with you. Deet 33% is maximum as above that level it apparently has no greater affect anyway, also noticed how it burnt the printing off the labels of my autan spray bottles, if it me;lts plastic what does it do to ones skin Ha! ha!
Oct 26, 2012 9:28 AM
Oct 26, 2012 2:10 PM
12Thanks for the tips, will exchange my deet spray then. No cotton t-shirt? Surely there's got to be some around... My friend who was in Vietnam a few years back bought some nice (cotton) ones. I'll take a few just in case though...
Oct 26, 2012 7:33 PM
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