What to bring when traveling to Cambodia? For most first time travelers might often ask this question.
Yes, there can be a lack of information about Cambodia that might prevent some people from visiting Cambodia or can make it harder to prepare before visiting Cambodia.
Quick Information on Cambodia
- Currency: Riel and the US Dollar
- Language: Khmer
- Population: Over 16 million
- Capital City: Phnom Penh
- Best time to visit Cambodia: Dry season is between October to April with average temperature around 25°C. While rainy season from May until September with average temperature around 32°C.
- How to get there: You can enter by land through Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Or you can fly into Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.
What To Bring To Cambodia
Here are what to bring to Cambodia
What Clothes You Should Bring?
Cambodia is a tropical country, therefore it can get very hot and humid. So, bring thin and comfortable clothes is recommended to help handle the heat.
Mostly, visitors to Cambodia will use T-shirts, shorts and tops for comfort. If you want to wear something long to protect your skin from the sunlight, choose loose-fitting clothes.
Don’t forget to bring sarong or scarf. It would be handy when you visiting temples especially if you accidentally wear clothes that is too revealing. Moreover, you can also use them as towel, blanket and so on as you needed.
Use Day Backpack or Wallets
When you leave your luggage in the hotel, you can prepare for the day exploring by putting what you need into your day backpack or wallet.
In this way, you can safely leave your passport, visa, flight ticket and other important things at your hotel.
Or simply you can simply bring travel wallet to put some small bills and wear it around your neck.
Cambodia Uses Two Currencies
The Cambodian currency is Riel but the US Dollar is also in use. In some cases, you will be paying for things in 2 currencies. It takes a while to figure it out, as the Riel starts to build up. Generally 10,000 Riel is equal to 2.50 Dollars.
You can then use your Riel when purchasing smaller items such as snacks or water as Cambodia doesn’t use American coins.
Always ask what the conversion rate is. Bring US Dollars when going to Cambodia.
Bring Medicine, Sunscreen and Toiletries
In case of an emergency, you might find it hard to find pharmacies near you. So, always be prepared to bring first-aid kit in your bag.
Besides that, you might think you can buy sunscreen when you arrive in Cambodia.
However, it might be hard to find one. Cambodians don’t typically apply sunscreen, though in a hot day, so it doesn’t readily available there. If you can find one, the price won’t be that cheap.
As well as sunscreen, mosquito repellent is also essential. Also, hand sanitizer can be useful because you can’t always find water and soap to wash your hand.
For other toiletries, pack them inside a toiletry bag so you can take in and out everything easily. Don’t forget to bring quick-dry towel that more lightweight and easily dry after use it.
What Electronics That is Needed
Along your trip, you will mostly use your smart phone to take photos, open Google Maps, listen to music and so on. So your battery will drain faster.
Don’t forget to bring a power bank remember there may be restrictions on power banks when checking for your flight. Also bring a universal adaptor and universal adaptor.
Finally, while planning to visiting Cambodia and you have done a little preparation then you won’t be bothered with trying to find where to buy a universal charger or sunscreen while in Cambodia. Bring what you need and leave at home what you don’t need.
And that’s it for now! I’d love if this post on what to bring when traveling to Cambodia was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go.