I am a big believer in traveling light on international trips and you will find a wealth of information on ways to pack. I am a fan of this web site: http://www.onebagtravel.com. On the web site and with the accompanying video, this site provides information on packing and packing well. In addition, the information provided on travel is invaluable and is a great resource.
In addition to this site, I also use this site: http://frugalfirstclasstravel.com/2013/04/13/real-life-one-bag-travel-my-packing-list-for-spring-in-europe/. Packing effectively for travel is a BIG deal when you have to carry bags and such on planes, trains, and in vans etc. generally speaking, if it is small, it CAN be easy.
Soooo….take a look at these sites and let me know what you think!
In terms of vaccinations, I take my cues from the CDC and information from each of the countries we visit.
You can find the CDC information for Japan here: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/japan
For Thailand, here are the CDC recommendations: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/thailand/traveler/packing-list
Finally, for Bhutan here are the CDC recommendations: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/bhutan
Take a look at this information. You can make your own decisions about which vaccinations to take. In my case, I have Hep A, B, and Typhoid as my minimum vaccinations for these parts of the world. In addition, I use bug repellant and, specifically, Permethrin, a wash-in bug repellant: http://www.rei.com/product/768970/sawyer-permethrin-pump-spray-24-oz.
In addition to dealing with personal health questions, it’s always good to eat carefully….avoid food that is not prepared in front of you or food that has been sitting out…when eating street food, choose food stalls that prepare food in front of you….watch the process.
Finally, some foods, like unpeeled fruit and vegetables, can transmit disease via the skin of the fruit or veggie…lettuce products seem to be a serious concern because of handling methods as well as the kinds of pesticides and fertilizers used.
My advice? Be careful and be wise in food selection!
Off we go! In a few months!
We are flying United this year, making stops in Tokyo and Bangkok. Our group will board the shinkansen (Hikari) at Tokyo Station headed to Kyoto. From there we have a home stay, a bit of travel around Japan, and a day trip to Hiroshima now added to our time in Japan.
Our stay in Bangkok will be brief and the Bhutan leg of the trip will begin May 30th. Our plans are to hit the Haa Valley and a home stay as well as a rafting trip down the Mo Chu River in Punakha followed by another home stay at the Orgyen Choling House.
More details to come!