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A Guide to Packing for Myanmar: A Cautionary Tale with Essential Tips

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Whitney Warstler has prepared a comprehensive packing and tips guide for travelers heading to Myanmar. Join her as she shares her experiences and offers valuable insights to make your trip memorable and hassle-free. Myanmar: A...

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Whitney Warstler has prepared a comprehensive packing and tips guide for travelers heading to Myanmar. Join her as she shares her experiences and offers valuable insights to make your trip memorable and hassle-free.

Myanmar: A Land of Wonders

Myanmar, a place that exudes mystery and charm, beckons adventurous souls. Imagine flipping through the pages of National Geographic and dreaming of exploring this extraordinary destination. Well, now is the time to turn that dream into a reality.

Traveling to Myanmar is not without its challenges. With limited overseas banking systems and online booking options, navigating this unique country requires a little extra planning. But fear not, we've got you covered with some indispensable insights.

Our Travel Plans: The Unforeseen Hurdles

Initially, we planned to stay in Myanmar for 28 days, armed with $1200 each. We thought it would be more than enough, especially considering we were sharing accommodation. However, unforeseen circumstances forced us to cut our trip short to just 18 days. Certain places we wanted to visit were barring foreigners, and we unexpectedly ran out of cash sooner than expected.

Essential Items for Your Myanmar Adventure

When it comes to packing for Myanmar, it's crucial to be prepared for the unique challenges you may encounter. Here's a list of must-have items:

  • Baby wipes: Perfect for staying fresh and comfortable in the scorching heat.
  • Sunblock: Protect your skin from the intense Myanmar sun.
  • Bug spray: Keep those pesky insects at bay.
  • Mosquito net: Many hotels don't provide them, so bring your own.
  • Longer shorts: Opt for comfortable clothing during long, sticky public transport trips.
  • Tampons or pads: These essentials may not be readily available in Myanmar.
  • Memory cards and extra batteries: Capture every magical moment with your camera.
  • Headlamp: Navigate dark streets and embark on unforgettable sunrise bike rides.
  • Layers: Be prepared for varying temperatures throughout the day.
  • Ziplock bags: Handy for various purposes during your trip.
  • Comfy shoes: A must-have for exploring Myanmar's stunning landscapes.
  • Protein bars: Ensure you have a quick and nutritious snack on hand.
  • Over-the-counter medicine or a mini first aid kit: Be prepared for any health-related issues.
  • Tissues: Always carry these for use as toilet paper, a common practice in Southeast Asia.
  • Powdered sports drink: Stay hydrated in Myanmar's hot, sweat-inducing climate.
  • Hand sanitizer: Keep your hands clean and germ-free.
  • Sarong or towel: A versatile item that can be used as both a wrap and a towel.

Myanmar Adventure Caption: Be sure to pack the essentials for a comfortable and memorable adventure in Myanmar.

Insider Tips for a Smooth Journey

Internet and Computers

Internet access in Myanmar can be challenging. While I brought my laptop with me, I soon discovered that Wi-Fi was unbearably slow. Surprisingly, the computers at Internet cafes offered faster connections. So, unless you absolutely need your laptop, save yourself the trouble and leave it behind.


Finding suitable accommodation in Myanmar can be a bit tricky. Due to the absence of online booking systems, people often don't honor their reservations. This results in a lot of running around and uncertainty. On average, I paid between $25-50 per night for a room, which is comparable to $10-25 in Vietnam and Laos.

However, be aware that Myanmar is still catching up with the surge in tourism. Many travelers struggled to find accommodation and ended up paying to sleep on monastery floors, sharing a single toilet with dozens of others. In my case, when I fell ill, I had to spend over $100 for a room that day, which significantly impacted my budget.

Money Matters

When it comes to currency, perfection is key in Myanmar. Ensure that your bills are in impeccable condition, free from folds, tears, or creases. Exchange your money before leaving your home country as it can be a hassle to do so in Bangkok. Avoid illegal street exchanges, as they can lead to unfortunate incidents. However, in case of any mishaps, don't hesitate to report the incident to the police, as some travelers were able to recover their stolen money.


If you plan on getting your laundry done in Myanmar, be prepared to spend a little more. The average cost is around $10 per load, as you are charged per piece of clothing.

Embrace the Journey

Despite the challenges, I have no regrets about my Myanmar adventure. It was an eye-opening experience that taught me resilience and adaptability. So, if you're considering a trip to Myanmar, go for it! Just remember to pack wisely, stay open-minded, and embrace the beauty and uniqueness of this captivating country.

About the Author: Whitney is an avid explorer and photographer. For more travel tips and stories, visit her website: The Blonde Godzilla.