July, 2018: Your Get-Ready Guide for Koh Samui, Thailand
Your Get-Ready Guide for Koh Samui in July: Here’s what to expect, what to pack – and lots more Thailand tips – for this month. #kohsamui #thailand #travel

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, 2018: Your Get-Ready Guide for Koh Samui, Thailand
L to R: Kinven® Mosquito Repellent Bracelets, Sun Bum Sunscreen, Sun Bum Lip Balm, UPF 50+ Sun Wrap

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.

July, 2018: Your Get-Ready Guide for Koh Samui, Thailand

Mosquito-repelling bracelets – put mosquito protection ‘up your sleeve!’

July, 2018: Your Get-Ready Guide for Koh Samui, Thailand

Water-resistant sunscreen and SPF lip balm – don’t forget your lips!

July, 2018: Your Get-Ready Guide for Koh Samui, Thailand

UPF cover-ups: Coolibar UPF50+ Sun Wrap and Tassel Cover-up

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.

July, 2018: Your Get-Ready Guide for Koh Samui, Thailand

Thailand Escape (coloring book) + Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils

July, 2018: Your Get-Ready Guide for Koh Samui, Thailand

You’ve Got Crabs (card game, ages 7+)

July, 2018: Your Get-Ready Guide for Koh Samui, Thailand

All About Thailand (Kids’ Activity Book) and Melissa & Doug Activity Pad


What to read this month?

July, 2018: Your Get-Ready Guide for Koh Samui, Thailand

Crazy Rich Asians trilogy

As satisfying as Mean Girls, with even meaner moms (and terrifying aunties).

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?

July, 2018: Your Get-Ready Guide for Koh Samui, Thailand

COOLA Sunscreen 4-Piece Signature Kit

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.

Expect an 8-ounce bottle of sunscreen to last you about a week – a little longer if you’re petite and a little less if you’ll be in the water often and will need to reapply.

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.


More July questions?


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Sources: Ask the Expert: How much sunscreen should I be using? [skincancer.org]

Your Get-Ready Guide for Koh Samui in July: Here’s what to expect, what to pack – and lots more Thailand tips – for this month. #kohsamui #thailand #travel

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