International travel was a bust last year. But traveling within Thailand is still very possible and encouraged to boost the local economy. If you can’t leave the country, why not explore the one you’re in?

Thanks to the pandemic, the way you travel has changed – temperatures are always being checked, masks are mandatory in public areas, you have to sit one seat apart from your friend, just to name a few.

What you pack has to change as well. But we’ve got some good news for you: you don’t need to bring too many extra things to keep yourself safe from the moment you leave home to the moment you get back. Here are six things you should add to your packing list to keep yourself and others around you healthy.

Hand sanitizer

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Most places now have bottles of hand sanitizer and other similar types of alcohol-based gels for you to use before entering an area, but bring your own anyway. The small travel-sized bottles fit just about anywhere and come in handy during the moments you least expect – like when you buy a snack that you have to use your hands to eat it with and there’s no sink or hand sanitizer in sight. When buying hand sanitizer, choose one that’s at least 70% alcohol, as recommended by the Ministry of Public Health.

Disinfectant wipes and sprays

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You can never be too careful, so if there’s even a single doubt about the airplane seat you’re about to get on, the elevator button you’re about to press, or the hotel doorknob you’re about to twist open, whip out some disinfectant in the form of wipes or a spray. This is a quick and easy way to make sure whatever you come into contact with is clean because, well, you’re the one that did it. Staying at a hotel that regularly cleans its public areas and thoroughly sanitizes the rooms is the best way to minimize this.

Personal Protective Equipment

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This may seem like a no-brainer, but bring extra face masks and gloves on your person just in case you misplace the ones you’re currently wearing. Between all the new restaurants you may try during your trip, you’d be surprised how you might accidentally leave your face mask and gloves behind.

Detergent

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Depending on how long your trip is and how lightly you like to pack, consider bringing a small pack of detergent with you to wash your reusable face masks. It’s recommended to change cloth face masks as often as possible to keep the chances of spreading germs low – this means a high turnover rate for your masks, so either bring a lot of them or wash them yourself. You can do this by hand-washing in your hotel sink or with your regular laundry in a machine.

Cashless ways to pay

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“Cash is king”? More like cash was king. With the new technology available today, there’s no need to pay with bills and coins anymore. Handling cash has been long known to be unsanitary (you don’t know where the money has been) and can take up unnecessary time compared to other transaction methods. At established shops, pay by credit card (there are contactless ones, too!) and for everywhere else, offer to bank transfer them the money. Bank transfers are just as good as cash, is instant, and, best of all, is contact-free.

Selfie stick

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In a pre-COVID world, if you wanted a nice photo of you in front of a famous landmark or with beautiful scenery, you would simply hand your camera or phone to a stranger to have them take the shot for you. But now, because people are wary of interacting with strangers. You don’t want them to touch your phone and they don’t want to touch yours. Luckily, an invention that was all the craze a few years ago will come in handy during this time: the selfie stick. The selfie stick is perfect during this time because you get the shots you want without needing to ask for help and keep abiding by social distancing requirements.

Including these items in your suitcase for your next trip will give you the peace of mind you deserve during this unprecedented time. You can further this by choosing to stay in a place with high hygiene standards. Check out our locations here It’s your vacation, so be comfortable and relaxed whenever possible!

At RoomQuest Hotels, we regularly clean and disinfect all public areas at all our locations, including the back of the hotel. We pay particular attention to spots that are frequently touched, such as elevator buttons, handrails, switches, and doorknobs. For more questions regarding our hygiene and safety standards, feel free to reach out anytime on any of our platforms!

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