“Kristina, I’ve never been to Thailand before and I don’t know what to pack. Help me!” Well, don’t fret, I’m here to help! Here’s a list of what you should pack when visiting Thailand. Are you ready?
Think lightweight fabrics for tops: linen, rayon, and light cotton. Linen is always best for hot weather.
- Tank Tops
- Short-Sleeve Shirts
Just like with tops, opt for lightweight fabrics for bottoms.
- Linen Pants
For all you ladies (or gents!), dresses are the best way to go when on vacation. Why? Because they’re comfortable, stylish, and requires less packing of clothes!
- Swimwear: Bring your favorite swimwear! I recently bought the white bathing suit above, and it’s super cute! The back looks great in photos 😉
- Beach Cover Up: Thailand is a conservative country, so when you’re not on the beach, cover up. You can wear swim covers, dresses, or shirts and a pair of shorts.
It does rain in Thailand, especially if you’re visiting the Thai Islands. Bring a packable waterproof jacket for potentially rainy days, especially if you’re visiting Koh Samui. It was pouring when we visited in December. The Columbia Women’s Switchback II Jacket was lightweight, waterproof, and, surprisingly, fitted me nicely considering the jacket on the model appeared to look boxy. There’s a similar one for men called Columbia Men’s Watertight II Jacket.
- Slip On Shoes: If you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing and visiting temples, comfortable closed-toes, slip-on shoes such as TOMS are a great choice. They’re comfortable, lace-free, convenient, and goes with almost everything.
- Quick Drying Water Shoes: If you’re planning on doing any water activities, invest in a pair of slip-proof, protective water shoes such as Aleader. We both have these and love it. It’s protects you from slipping on wet surfaces and protects your feet from any rocks in the water. They’re also comfortable and great for light hiking.
- Comfortable Sandals: You’ll most likely be doing a lot of walking in Thailand. Therefore, you want a pair of comfortable sandals. I highly recommend these ones from Blowfish. They’re affordable and surprisingly, pretty comfortable! They’re my go-to travel sandals if I don’t feel like wearing closed-toe shoes.
This includes toiletries other than your normal ones, such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc.
- Bug Spray: This is a MUST, especially if you’re visiting Koh Samui or Chiang Mai. There’s a 1-oz travel size spray from Repel 100.
- Anti-Itch Cream: This is just in case you still somehow get bitten when in Thailand. The key is to NOT scratch your bug bite. Doing so will spread the venom and make it bigger and worse. To reduce the amount of itch, bring Benadryl Extra Strength Anti-Itch Cream.
- Hand Sanitizer: Not all bathrooms in Thailand carry hand soap, even the nice restaurants so it is wise to bring hand sanitizer with you everywhere. You can purchase travel size hand sanitizers at your local pharmacy store or Target for ~$1. Bring multiple!
- Sunscreen: The weather can get really hot and sunny, so remember to bring sunscreen. Sun Bum sunscreen comes in varying SPF and bottle sizes. Choose one that works for you. P.S. You actually don’t need more than 50 SPF.
Common American over-the-counter medication can be difficult to find in some parts of Thailand and you have no idea whether their local medicine will work for you. Thus, it is always great to be prepared by bringing your own medication. Better safe than sorry!
- Anti-Diarrheal Medicine: You will be thankful you brought some Imodium along in case you get traveler’s diarrhea. We did, and we couldn’t have been more thankful for our preparedness!
- Motion Sickness: If you are prone to motion sickness when in moving vehicles, such as a car or boat, bring non-drowsy Dramamine with you. If you want an all-natural solution, Motion Eaze works well.
Gotta protect your precious body from potentially harmful UV rays!
- Sunglasses: Bring your favorite pair of shades because it gets suuuunnnnyyy in Thailand. Protect those precious eyes from the harmful UV rays and enjoy more of the beauty in Thailand. I’m obsessed with my new Warby Parker Durand sunglasses. They’re polarized, constructed well, and fits my face frame perfectly!
- Hat: This is optional and only if you’re a hat person.
- Waterproof Beach Bag: Because nobody wants their things to get wet! We loved this 20L DrySak bag. It can hold 2 beach towels, sunblock, bug spray, 2 phones, 2 pair of sunglasses, beach covers, and then some. It also does a GREAT job or keeping everything perfectly dry!
- Waterproof Cell Phone Case: Nothing can ruin a trip like dropping your cell phone in the water, so purchase a waterproof cell phone case to avoid this terrible tragedy! Keep in mind that taking photos while the phone is in the case does not yield great photos.
- Battery Pack: So that you never have to worry about low battery ever again.
- Camera: You can bring a point and shoot or go with higher quality photos with a DSLR or mirrorless camera. I shoot with a Nikon D7200 but a newer version of mine came out earlier in 2018: the Nikon D7500.
- Smartphone: Bring your personal cell phone for data usage and photos (of course) whilst on your trip. If you don’t want to bring a camera, I’ve heard that the Google Pixel 2 is the gold standard of smartphone cameras.
- Travel Adapter: Most U.S. plugs can fit into outlets in Thailand but it never hurts to be prepared with a travel adapter just in case.
Other things that didn’t fit into a neat category above.
- Reusable Water Bottle: Tap water in Thailand is NOT drinkable! We recommend buying a large jug of water to pour into your reuseable water bottle. And if you have an insulated water bottle such as a Hydroflask, your water will be kept cold throughout the day. What a bonus for such hot weather in Thailand!
- Day Pack: Ospreys make quality backpacks. After buying the Sirrus 24, we opted in for their Osprey Day Lite day pack version. It’s great for carrying all your essentials for the day!
- Ear Plugs: Some cities, such as Bangkok and Koh Samui, can get loud at night so if you’re a light sleeper or need dead silence to sleep like me, then ear plugs are essential. Plus, if you’re doing an overnight flight to and from Thailand, ear plugs will help you block out all the noise and rustling from nearby passengers. These Radian earplugs come in a pair of 25.
- Sleeping Mask: Quintessential for overnight flights to and from Thailand. I don’t know about you guys but I find it incredibly annoying to have to try and sleep when the person next to me keeps his/her reading light on! I bought this 100% silk sleeping mask from Amazon for daily sleep.