Here’s what to expect, what to pack – and lots more Thailand tips – for this month.
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What to pack this month?
July is a sunny month on Koh Samui and Thailand’s sun always means business. Make sure to pack plenty of SPF 30+ sunscreen (or higher, see my fave natural sunscreens), a wide-brimmed hat and a range of beach/pool cover-ups. As July on Koh Samui tends to have its share of tropical storms, you’ll want to come fully prepared to avoid mosquitoes, too. In addition to a quality mosquito repellent spray, these bracelets are a wonderful back-up should you forget to apply your spray.
Mosquito-repelling bracelets – put mosquito protection ‘up your sleeve!’
Rainy Day entertainment? If you (or your kids) get restless pretty quickly, also pack a few ‘rainy day entertainments’ to enjoy during any afternoon storms that you might get on Koh Samui in July. They’ll also save the day when you’ve had enough sun and want to enjoy some mid-afternoon shade.
You’ve Got Crabs (card game, ages 7+)
What to read this month?
If you’re looking for a book for the plane (or the beach) – a book so funny you’ll skip all the movies and breakfast – it’s Crazy Rich Asians. Bide your time until the movie’s release this August, and get a delicious (and totally satirical) view into the Crazy-Rich lives of Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Shanghai high-society. Best of all? When you’ve raced through the first book in a single sitting, the series has two more – ready and waiting.
Thailand travel prep: What to do today to prepare?
Prep your sunscreen! Sunscreen on Koh Samui can cost as much as 300% more for the same bottle at home. If you’re a choosy shopper and prefer eco products or a specific SPF, you won’t find as much selection on Koh Samui – certainly not at corner shops or hotel gift shops.
How much sunscreen do you need? Dermatologists recommend* using the equivalent of a shot glass of sunscreen per ‘average-sized’ person when wearing a bathing suit. That’s 30ml (1 oz) per application, per person, so expect an 8-ounce bottle to last about a week – a little longer if you’re smaller, a little less if you’ll be in the water and need to reapply often.
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Sources: Ask the Expert: How much sunscreen should I be using? [skincancer.org]