For the third edition in my ‘what to pack series’ I thought I would do ‘what to pack when travelling to Thailand’. After travelling there a lot I think I’ve got it down. Every time I go to Thailand I have found these items to be particularly helpful. Hopefully they’ll be helpful for you too.
Bag liners/rubbish bags
Bag liners are vital if you’re planning to travel by bus or boat. Actually, even if you aren’t I would still recommend lining your bag. Lining your bag is important because the luggage compartment on buses, trains and boats can be wet. Additionally, there are many other situations when your bag could get wet; you could be walking with it in the rain, often bags are left outside when waiting for pickups and on many occasions I’ve had to get out of boats and walk to shore with my backpack. I always line my backpack and make sure to bring spare liners because they can get worn after awhile. If you want to save money just line your backpack with a big plastic rubbish bag. It does the same job, is easier to find and cheaper.
Casual clothing for warm weather
It is pretty much always hot and humid, so it’s a good idea to pack accordingly. For me this is usually dresses, shorts, skirts, t-shirts, singlets and anything flowly. I also recommend bringing pants or leggings and something to cover your shoulders if you’re going to visit any temples.
Thailand has so many beautiful beaches and snorkeling spots. Bring at least two pairs of swim wear for swimming and lounging around the pool or beach.
Mask, snorkel and reef shoes
A must for anyone wanting to snorkel. You can often rent snorkeling gear or buy some when you get to Thailand if you prefer.
Flip flops, sandals, walking shoes
Casual flip flops and sandals are a good idea. If you are planning to do some walking you might want to bring some sneakers or athletic sandals.
It’s a good idea to bring at least one towel. Sometimes your accommodation might not have any and if you plan to go to the beach or pool you’re probably going to need one. If you’re worried about fitting a towel into your luggage you can always bring a travel towel. They take up barely any space.
Toilet paper or tissues
Most public bathrooms are not going to have toilet paper. Best to bring some and keep it on you just in case.
You might want to bring a little bag that can be hidden under your clothes and worn the majority of time. It is a good place to carry the bulk of your money and your passport. You can then keep a separate wallet that has a small amount of funds for shopping, buying food etc. This way if you’re pick pocketed or get your things stolen you still have the majority of your money and passport. This is a good idea in general, but particularly important if you’re planning to visit any markets or travel by overnight bus.
It’s important to do research on what you’re going to need to charge your electronics. You’re probably going to need to bring a voltage adapter and universal plug.
This is very handy if you have to wash any clothes by hand or want to dry your towel after a swimming session.
Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
Protect yourself from the harsh sun by bringing sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. These items are important for every day and especially important if you decide to go to the beach or pool.
First aid kit
It’s always better to be prepared. Thailand has lots of pharmacies where you can pick up medical supplies, but it’s best to pack at least some supplies just in case. I’m a pretty accident prone person and over the years have found a first aid kit to be fundamental. I recommend you take pain killers, plasters, bandages, disinfectant, electrolytes, anti-septic cream, insect repellent and your prescription medication.
This could be a sarong, light blanket or hoodie. These items are particularly helpful on long bus or train journeys because often the air-con will be on full blast. Furthermore, hotel rooms can sometimes get cold so something warm will be great. It’s also important to note that the temperature can be lower in the north of Thailand (especially in the cooler months) so a few warm items might be a good idea.
These are all items that every time I go to Thailand I keep coming back to. I’ve found all of these things to be helpful at one time or another. If I’ve missed anything feel free to leave it in the comments below.
Happy travels 🙂