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THE ULTIMATE CHECKLIST FOR YOUR VIETNAM FAMILY VACATION!

Are you going to have a trip throughout Vietnam and wondering what you should pack?


Our Chôm Chôm team knows that many families usually worry before their trip and others even stress out while packing since things should be well prepared when travelling with kids. Even though you spend a lot of time organising, you may miss items.


Let us carefully review the checklists below to ensure you do not forget any essential things!


1. Passport & Visa

  • Passport: make sure your passport is in good condition, valid for at least six months, and has a blank page for stamps.


  • Visa: Depending on your country of citizenship, you may or may not need a visa to visit Vietnam. The following countries on the list below do not require a visa to enter Vietnam, and the travellers can remain for a specified number of days.



If your nation is not on the list, you can check this webpage to request an E-visa:


https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/en_US/web/guest/khai-thi-thuc-dien-tu/cap-thi-thuc-dien-tu


Simply fill out the application and pay online to apply for an E-visa. The processing time can take around three working days, and the visa code will be sent to your email. You can print your visa and bring it along on your Vietnam family vacation.


Note:

  • The E-Visa will be valid for 30 days with a single entry. It means you can only enter and exit Vietnam once while your visa is valid. If you leave the country, your visa will automatically expire, and you must apply for a new one to re-enter.

  • If you are from a nation that does not require a visa to enter Vietnam, you cannot extend your stay; instead, you must leave the country for 30 days before returning with a new visa exemption.

2. Not to be forgotten in your suitcase


Vietnam's weather varies from location to region, so it's essential to check the local weather before you travel so you can pick the most suitable items from the list below to pack.


Warm clothing, such as sweaters, pullovers, and socks, should be brought if you visit Sapa, Ha Giang, Cao Bang, or other mountainous regions. Hiking shoes are ideal for exploring hilly areas.


If you plan to visit the southern or central regions, you can pack your favourite pair of shorts, some lightweight pyjamas, and tee shirts. These are simple to clean and dry.


Flip flops and sandals are perfect for chilling on the beach, eating, or shopping with your kids. If you're visiting during the rainy season, ensure your shoes are waterproof.


Pack suitable clothing that covers your knees and shoulders if you plan to visit any religious sites while on a family holiday in Vietnam.


Last but not least, it can unexpectedly start to rain, even during the dry season, so always have a rain jacket with you.


Chôm Chôm Travel recommends not to overpack because doing laundry in Vietnam is simple and affordable, and most hotels can assist you.


3. Not to be forgotten in your backpack


Welcome to the list of items for your backpack!


For sunscreen, Chôm Chôm Travel recommends SPF 45 to 50, which is enough for the intensity of heat and UV rays in Vietnam. Sunglasses are also essential for your eyes.


Mosquito repellent is a must-have item, especially for a family trip to the Mekong Delta or the mountainous regions where mosquitos abound.


Vietnamese SIM cards can be easily purchased at airports or many mobile stores, but buying them at the airport is easier. There are four biggest mobile service providers: Viettel, Vinaphone, MobiFone, and Vietnamobile. You can choose one of them.


We strongly advise you to bring a water bottle to fill it up and bring it with you on day tours or purchase drinks to put in, making it more sustainable.


Vietnam no longer enforces wearing a mask on the street, although it is still required in shopping centres and public transportation. So, do not forget to bring along your masks.


4. Not To Be Forgotten in your first aid kit


Toiletries and medicines will be on your first aid kit packing list. There are numerous pharmacies in Vietnam where you can easily purchase those items, but the language barrier may prevent you from doing so. Some places do not speak English well, so bring everything with you.


Although many hotels offer toothbrushes, toothpaste, and hairbrushes, Chôm Chôm Travel strongly recommends bringing your own. Hotel items are single-use; they are wasted and contribute to the environment's waste problem.


It is not guaranteed that all restrooms in Vietnam will have toilet paper, so bring some with you at all times.


5. Family Tips


Bringing items for your children to keep entertained while on vacation helps create a more relaxing vacation for you as parents.


Chôm Chôm team always prepares the activity books for your kids, and you should also bring some snacks and pencils. Card games can help your family spend more quality time together.


If your children have a cuddly toy at home that they hug every night, you bring it along; it will help them sleep well in a different environment.


Our team hopes that the checklists we have created and the travel tips shared above can help your family pack correctly and have a wonderful Vietnam vacation.

Do not worry, as you will be travelling with our supported local guide, and our Chôm Chôm team will assist your family in any way we can.




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