** Update **
Please read my book review of 12 Weeks in Thailand: The Good Life on the Cheap. I highly suggest getting a copy as the author goes into much more detail in terms of planning and preparing for your trip to Thailand. Some of the tips listed on my site are from the author.
Having a thorough checklist is important in keeping you happy and healthy. Thailand has a different environment from the US. As you embark on a 24-plus hour flight (breathing in that stank-a$$ mofo’s air sitting to you), you will be tired and your immune system will be shot…it’ll take a few days to adjust to both the climate and get your sleeping pattern in check. Also, the food and water may have bacteria & parasites our bodies are not used to. There are pharmacies there and you’d be surprised at what you can get without a doctors note. However, you do not want to risk being stuck in a rural area, or the pharmacist not understanding what you are trying to communicate. So it’s best to assemble your own first aid kit. After looking over my old checklist from past trips and doing research on other blog sites, I’ve compiled a somewhat comprehensive list. I’ll put up in downloadable Excel format soon.
- Protein powder (supplements are not cheap there, and they’re dated)
- Water bottle
- Supplements – L-glutamine, creatine, beta-alanine, greens mix
- Vitamins – Multivitamin, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, DHEA, glucosamine, kelp, milk thistle, chromium picolonate
- Any other prescription meds you take
- First Aid kit – peroxide, neosporin (you can buy bandages, bandaids, tape, cotton balls there)
- Pain killers ie Advil…they have their own version there but not sure how much or strength.
- Oil of Oregano (Thanks LDF) – this boosts your immune system and kills any bacteria, both internally & externally. I got mine on Amazon.
- Mio water-flavoring – Get from your grocery store…mix this with water and the oil of oregano first thing in the morning…it’ll help with the strong taste.
*** The below were suggested by my brother, a doctor/ UConn PharmD (Thanks Andy)
- Malaria Pills – Doxycycline 100 mg po daily 2 days before u leave and continue everyday while you are there for 4 weeks after u leave Thailand (insurance covered this and was only a few dollars)
- Asthma – albuterol and symbicort and ask for a prednisone script for emergency asthma exacerbation. Something like prednisone 60 mg daily for 3 days.
- Antibiotics – Ask your doctor for a broad spectrum antibiotic for any other random illness like azithromycin (Z-pack) or ciprofloxacin.
- Immodium for diarrhea (Ew! lol)
- Running sneakers (for those 6am Forest Gump jogs)
- Spare ear-buds / headphones
- Backup credit and debit cards
- Travelers checks
- spare battery camera
- 32GB mem card + 2gb cards
- color copy of passport
- Health insurance card
- Thai phrases book