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Dana's Vietnam Packing List 2000

Dana traveled to Nam Dinh to adopt her 8 1/2 month old daughter in 2000.

Plan to purchase some things in Viet Nam. Diapers, formula, bottles, soaps & toiletries are all easy to find in Hanoi and Saigon.

Take a calculator for less confusion in paying with Dong. Most shop keepers will also have a calculator handy to show you the price.

Take an extra pair of shoes or plan to buy some there! During our first trip, I only took one pair of shoes and they smelled really horrible after only a few days in the heat of Saigon!

Take some American $1 bills to use to pay for cyclo rides or to use for other small items. I took 50 $1 bills and used about half of that.

Remember to bring some warm clothing for baby. Hotels and airplanes can be very cold.

Invest in some good travel books, such as the Lonely Planet series on Viet Nam.

Especially if you are travelling alone, invest in a good, comfortable backpack.

Roll clothing to make it more compact and fit more easily into your luggage.

Little things like tape, baggies, and the scissors from a sewing kit will come in very handy.

If you are adopting a baby, bring a baby bjorn or snuggli or some type of baby carrier. I bought the baby bjorn. It's more expensive than most other carriers, but it is well worth every penny, in my opinion!

Packing List

Clothing  
Liz Clothing:
1 warm, long sleeve pjs
2 cotton onesies
2 warm pants/shirt outfits for Hanoi
4 cool one piece outfits for Saigon
5 socks
1 cotton sweater
1 blanket
3 hats
Dana Clothing:
3 pants
2 shorts
2 long sleeve shirts
4 short sleeve shirts
1 skirt
1 tennis shoes
1 clogs
3 socks
5 underwear
3 bra

Medical Supplies:
Tylenol
Bayer PM
Pepcid
Immodium AD
Dulcolax
Pepto bismol tabs
Benadryl pills
Cortisone 10
Triple Antibiotic
Bandaids
Throat losenges
Cipro
Lomotil
Elimite
Nystatin
Lotrisone
Infant tylenol
Infant tylenol cold
Infant Dimetapp
Kao lectrolyte
Infant gas medicine
Infant suppositories
Diaper rash creme
1/2% hydrocortisone
Calemine lotion
Teething gel
Nix
Medicine dropper
Toiletries:  
toothbrush
toothpaste
deoderant
razor
noxema creme
eucerin lotion
brush/comb
vaseline
travel size baby shampoo
baggie of q-tips/cotton balls
baby nail clippers
adult nail clippers
2 hand sanitizer gel
160 huggie wipes
lip balm
travel dish detergent
travel laundry detergent
52 size 2 diapers
1 cloth diaper
tweezers
saline
glasses & case
contacts & case
insect repellant
baby nasal aspirator
Food & Meal Supplies:
Small Bowl
2 baby spoons
Rice Cereal
1 bib
Container of Cheerios
1 box nutrigrain bars
Gum
Bottle/nipple brush
2 playtex disposable bottle sets
1 healthflow disposable set
1 regular bottle
200 bottle liners
different types of nipples
small amount of carnation formula

 

Other:  
Baby Bjorn
2 money belts
calculator
35mm camera
15 rolls of film
Video Camera
1 8mm tape
Video Cam battery & charger
Sunglasses
sewing kit
voltage converter
pacifier
bouncy seat for baby
4-5 small toys
4 pens
3 blank notebooks
tape
$3,000 cash (actually spent around $1,600)

Paperwork:  
Dana's passport/visa & photocopy
photocopy of Nate's passport
notarized power of attorney
marriage license
birth certificates
w2's, taxes, all schedules for past 3 years
notarized employment letter for Nate
Flight itenerary & tickets
I-171
extra photocopy of I-171
extra blank copies of INS forms
All Ha's original documents
extra photocopy of Ha's documents
extra photocopy of dossier
visa application form
photocopy of homestudy
All agency instructions

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