Passport: Is it up to date? It must be valid for at least six months from your date of entry into Thailand.
Visa requirements: Do you have a return or onward ticket within 30 days of entry?
Vaccinations: Have you checked which shots you may need?
Travel insurance: Are you covered?
Safety: Have you registered your travel plans with smartraveller and checked the latest safety advice on the region you're travelling to?
Money: Have you told your bank you're going overseas and do you know how you'll be paying for things in Thailand?
Booking: Have you booked accommodation for at least the first night?
Transport: Do you know how you'll get from the airport to your accommodation?
Getting around: Do you know how you'll get around, and do you need to pre-book any tickets?
Phone: Have you switched off data roaming and voicemail? If you're planning to use a local or travel SIM, is your phone unlocked?
Any regular medication - in original packaging, with prescriptions (see warning below)
Important: Thailand has very strict drug laws. A number of medications available in Australia, including some cold and flu drugs, strong painkillers and medication used to treat ADHD, are classed as narcotics or psychotropic substances under Thai law. If you're in any doubt, check with the Thai embassy. The Food and Drug Administration of Thailand has a list of controlled substances, some of which may be allowed into the country if you follow the correct procedures. Tip: No matter where you travel, you should carry all medications (even vitamins) in their original packaging, along with their original prescription. It's also a good idea to carry a letter from your doctor explaining what the medications are (using generic names),what they're for and dosage instructions.
My personal experience is that it’s hard to strike the perfect balance of traveling light and having all the adequate necessities. Here is my best list of essentials for your Koh Chang retreat. Packing lightly helps relieve travel stress and set you up for a relaxing retreat. My advice:
1. Comfortable Clothes, Layers
3 pairs of yoga pants. Take at least one pair of yoga pants that can be dressed up.
2 sports bras for woman. One to wash, one to wear.
3 T-shirts or tank tops.
4 pairs undies, or more if you’re not up to doing some laundry in the sink.
2 pairs socks. Even if you’re wearing only flip-flops, feet can get cold in the night and it will save you from mosquito bites!
1 tunic top. Tunic tops, maybe accessorized with a belt, will dress up your yoga pants so you can head out to dinner after class.
1 dress or skirt for dressing up outside of the class.
1 cardigan or hoodie for layering in yoga practice or chilly mornings or evenings.
1 shawl for sitting in meditation and for dressing up.
1 swimsuit. A must if you want to go swimming in the ocean or relax and take a sunbath at the beach.
Flip flops or other slip on shoes. You’ll be taking your shoes on and off constantly because you can’t wear shoes in yoga classes. Whatever your preference, make sure they’re easy to get on and off.
Comfortable walking shoes You’ll want to go exploring.
3. Protection from the Elements
Lightweight long sleeved top if you’re headed somewhere sunny.
Lightweight rain jacket or Umbrella. You can layer up underneath for warmth.
4. Yoga Gear
Yoga mat. A travel mat and/or a mat sized yoga towel is perfect! If you don’t have one of these,
you can fold/roll up a regular yoga mat so it fits in your suitcase.
Hand towel. A microfiber towel will keep you from slipping on your mat, and can also be used to mop off sweat.
Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap. You’ll have to bring everything you need there.
Laundry soap for quick laundry in the sink.
Toothbrush & toothpaste
Hair ties and/or headband to keep your hair out of your face while practicing yoga
Phone and charger – but try to keep it turned off during the day so as not to distract yourself or your fellow yogis.
Notebook and pen
Books. If you’re visiting a yoga school, make sure you have any study materials you need.
E-books come in handy so you’re not weighed down
Flashlight or headlamp. Walking around the property at night might be dark
Medicine against diarreha, headache, Ginger Pills for upset tummies, nausea, and boosting immune system, ginger pills are an all-natural travel essential.
Mosquito repelant (before/after) A natural product is Neemoil.
7. A Hashtag! This might seem silly, but on your retreat you will most likely be using social media to share your photos with your fellow retreaters. Creating a group hashtag will allow you to easily search, share, and explore each other’s retreat experiences through photos.