My best friend is coming to visit and I’m super excited! One of the main questions I get when people are planning to visit Taiwan is what they should bring. Of course my first instinct is to say a light rain jacket and mosquito repellent, but both of those you can find here and at a very cheap price. However, there are other things I would say are quite vital to pack when planning a week in Taiwan.
Here is my list of forgettable things to pack.
Traveling backpack – When my best friend is here I plan on doing some exploring and don’t see any other way of doing so than hiking, camping, and scootering around the island. Having a reliable backpack will help with out any traveling and any obstacles we may encounter.
Walking shoes/Sandals – These are the only two kinds of shoes I would recommend bringing. Taiwan’s rainy season is no joke so you won’t find yourself walking around in Tom’s unless it’s a nice, dry day. Sandals are nice because if they get wet and dirty you can just wash them off in the ocean or a waterfall along the street.
1 Light Sweater/Jacket – Sometimes it gets a little wet and chilly, it seems to come unexpectedly. Bring a light rain jacket and kill two birds with one stone (;
Sunblock – Believe it or not, I’ve a hard time finding sunblock! Maybe because the Taiwanese people use umbrellas to block the sun and wear long sleeves and pants during the summer. They’re crazy! Be proactive and pack a bottle of your favorite sunblock… you’ll thank me later.
Deodorant – I hear (but haven’t experienced yet) that the locals don’t wear much deodorant. Which means that it’s harder to find because the demand isn’t so great. We’ll see. DON’T FORGET YOUR DEODORANT.
Tampons – YES. A BIG ONE! Tampons are hard to find here. In Taiwan, the women prefer wearing pads and only tampons when they swim.
Adaptor – Some plugs look the same but the voltages are not. Find an adaptor that regulates the voltage and turns your three prong plug into a two prong.
Copies of your passport, I.D. and credit cards – When I got all my stuff stolen in Nicaragua the only thing that really saved me was the copies I made of my cards and passport. This can be sketchy because if someone gets ahold of it they will have all your information. But if it wasn’t for all the proof that I was indeed me, I’d be stuck in Nicaragua for who knows how long.
Along with everything listed above, I would recommend bringing the obvious things like shorts, tank tops, loose fitting clothes, long pants for hiking and a long sleeve shirt or two incase you get cold.
At the end of the day, everything you need you can buy in Taiwan at a low price.
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