Recommended Equipment
My Kindle Fire

My Kindle Fire

There are lots of things that I recommend volunteers pack when they come to Thailand to live for two years: a Bible, mosquito repellent with 25% Deet, an old cell phone capable of taking a new SIM card, a laptop computer, a camera, an extra set of eyeglasses, and so on.  The reality of the situation is that all of these things can be found in Thailand.  They just might cost a little more here. There are two things, however, that cannot be found here or are difficult to obtain and both make life a little more comfortable for Americans and other Westerners living in Thailand: a Kindle e-book reader and one or two flat sheets. I recommend a Kindle e-book reader because it vastly simplifies purchasing English-language books, transporting English-language books, and storing English-language books. Books in the English language purchased in Thailand cost about 50% more than the published price. Kindle e-reader books, on the other hand, can easily be purchased through Amazon.com and downloaded for less than the cost of publish paperback or hardback editions. One e-book reader can hold 3,000 books (including a searchable Bible), making it easier to pack, transport and store many volumes of literature. The second item, flat sheets, are extremely difficult to find in Thailand and very expensive to purchase. The Thai people do not use top sheets on their beds, so such sheets are only produced for the foreign population and, thus, not profitable for stores to carry. Pack these two items and rest assured that most everything else can be found here at a reasonable cost.