We will be gone 8 days. You need to pack:
Comfortable sneakers, sandals and rain boots (just in case). And socks.
Phone chargers. Singapore uses a 220V socket, just like in KSA.
Bound spiral notebook with a sturdy water-resistant cover that you can hold in your hand.
Pencils & pens. Keep them in a Ziploc bag or pencil case.
You can bring your laptops if you choose, but you will not be able to use them during the actual workshops. We will not be carrying them on any of the field visits; they must remain in your hotel room.
Umbrella and rain gear – Because of its location, the average temperature in Singapore is steady all year round. It ranges between 25 and 31 degrees celsius and humidity is high, usually between 70% – 80%. It usually rains in the afternoons and early evenings. Trust me when I tell you that when it rains, it bloody rains. So make sure you pack a decent umbrella and other rain gear you think you’ll need. The two main monsoon seasons in Singapore, where it rains more than usual, are December to March and June to September.
Mosquito repellant – It’s important to pack a good mosquito repellant and any other pest control products you think you may need, like these ones from Mortein. There are regular sprays done to stay on top of mosquito-born diseases, like dengue fever, but it’s still important for you to take precautions, especially if you’re visiting areas on the outer regions of the island, like the Night Safari and Zoo.
Sun-smart gear – You’ll definitely need a hat and sunscreen with high SPF to protect you from sunburn. I always recommend the Cancer Council’s sunscreen as you know it’s good quality. Remember, sunscreen is only as good as its user and it’s up to you to reapply during the day to ensure you don’t get burned. Similarly, a rash-shirt or sun-shirt is a good idea too for those long days by the pool. Remember, cloudy days mean U.V rays! Don’t be deceived if there’s no sun, you can still burn.
Heavy-duty deodorant – It’s really important to pack a good quality deodorant as you will sweat more due to the heat and the last thing you need is to be feeling and smelling horrible after a big day walking around in the heat.
Swimmers ear medicine – I got a terrible ear infection from swimming and the humidity, which meant my ear didn’t dry out properly. There are products you can buy from a chemist to prevent swimmers ear and treat it quickly if it does happen.
Money – Don’t be too concerned about changing a lot of money before you arrive in Singapore. There are ANZ and other ATMs everywhere, they’re safe and easy to use. If you do need to change money, there are money changers everywhere too and again, they’re safe and easy to access.
Beware of what you bring into the country – There are strong restrictions on what you can bring into the country, especially around alcohol and cigarettes. It’s really important you thoroughly check the allowances before you enter the country or you could find yourself in trouble!
Comfortable, light clothing – Pack light, breathable clothing that isn’t restrictive. I would recommend women packing cotton shirts, skirts and dresses and anything else that is easy to move around in. It really is very hot so it’s not a good idea to try to wear synthetic clothing that clings to your body or causes you to sweat.
Comfortable shoes – Pack comfortable shoes for walking around in.
Nice clothing – While I always recommend you eat at Hawker Centres and food courts, you may want to treat yourself to a meal at a nice restaurant. Singaporeans take great pride in their appearance and rarely look scruffy, so it’s a good idea to pack one nice outfit to wear to a restaurant.
Make a little kit bag – I always have a little bag with some wet wipes and hand sanitiser in it. Freshen up before I touch my food and after I eat, because sticky food on your hands + humidity = nightmare.
Wet Wipes/Tissues – If you get out of the main tourist areas and head out to the outer lying areas of Singapore you may find the public toilets a little grubby. I’ve had a few unfortunate moments of being caught without toilet paper, so make sure you have a pocket pack of tissues (or wet wipes) in your bag, just in case. Wet wipes are preferable.
Medicines – It’s so easy to buy medicines in Singapore so, aside from your prescriptions, don’t feel like you need to pack absolutely everything. There’s usually a chemist or Watson’s nearby so if you get a tummy ache or headache, you can easily run in and get what you need. I’ve never had any problems getting my ailment communicated to the pharmacist, they’re always great.
Plastic bags – Stash some large plastic grocery bags and small sandwich bags in your luggage, they come in so very handy for storing dirty shoes and clothes as well as bars of soap, wet swimwear or leaky toothpaste tubes!