What To Pack For A Trip To Thailand?

We are always tempted to overpack when we travel.

Truth is, most of the time we don’t need to.

Especially when you travel to Thailand.

Out of the essentials I’ve listed below, most of them you can buy in Thailand.

So don’t stress if you forget something.

But try to get everything in the packing list below in your bag at all times during your trip.

4 Tips To Pack For A Trip To Thailand

Before you start packing, keep in mind what I’m about to tell you.

That’s the common mistake I’ve seen the most over the years.

Pack Light

This isn't just about saving space; it's about the experience.

The less you pack, the easier it is to move around and say yes to new adventures.

And the less you’re gonna have to carry around, in the heat of Thailand.

Plus, everything is quite affordable in Thailand.

From clothes to electronics and toiletries.

So if you forget something, it's no big deal.

Just head to a night market, a shopping mall, or the nearest 7-Eleven and buy whatever you need.

You can even use the Grab app and get it delivered straight to your hotel.

Choose A Good Backpack

For a trip of 2 weeks or less, you can travel with just a carry-on backpack in Thailand.

You don’t need that much.

But you need your backpack to be comfortable, durable, and waterproof.

And if you can stick to a single carry-on size backpack, you’ll save a lot of money on check-in luggage, and buy just what you need in each destination.

Get A Waterproof Backpack

If you come during the rainy season or Songkran (the Thai New Year) you absolutely need a waterproof bag and phone case.

You can buy an umbrella and a raincoat at any 7-Eleven store if you need to, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend packing one.

But you could consider it if you plan to brave the rain.

Keep Space For Souvenirs

That’s the most common mistake I see from people traveling to Thailand for the first time.

Trust me, you’re going to buy a lot of stuff in Thailand.

Whether it’s clothes, souvenirs, Tiger Balm, snacks, coffee…

Do yourself a favor and save some room.

You'll thank me when you're not playing suitcase Tetris on your last night.

Or buy an extra suitcase while in Thailand.

You can find cheap ones at most malls and night markets.

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The Essentials To Pack

You might think: "Just clothes and I'm good to go, right?"

Not quite!

Here are some essentials you should always have in your travel bag:

  • Passport: Seems obvious, but you'd be shocked at how often this essential slips the mind!
  • Credit card(s): Especially the one where you get rewards for traveling or low exchange fees.
  • Cash: It's always handy to have some cash, especially for local markets and taxis.
  • Swimwear: Heading to Bangkok or hitting the islands? Don't forget your swimsuit – trust me, you'll want to dive into those infinity pools and gorgeous beaches.
  • 1 Pair of Flip Flops: Trust me; you'll live in these. Especially as you need to take off your shoes in a lot of places. Buy a good pair like The North Face. Forget about the cheap Havainas.
  • 2 Sets of Summer Clothes: Including one with long pants and sleeves to enter the temples.
  • 1 Pair of Sneakers or Hiking Shoes: Light enough so you can use them to travel in the city and in the mountains.
  • 1 Set of Gym Clothes: Want to try Muay Thai or just hit the gym? It's better to bring your own gear.
  • 1 Outfit To Go Out: It’s a must if you want to visit some of the best clubs and cocktail bars in Bangkok.
  • 1 Sweater: Because believe it or not, Thailand can chill down at night, especially up north.
  • Mosquito Repellent: Buy the one at any 7-Eleven in Thailand. It’s more effective than the one you will buy back home.
  • Suncream: Get SP40+, the sun hits hard in Thailand.
  • Sunglasses: If you want to get a cheap pair you’ll find plenty of options at night markets everywhere in Thailand.
  • A Reusable Water Bottle: Thailand is one of these countries where you can’t drink tap water. That being said, there are a lot more places to refill your water bottle now. Save some money and the environment at the same time.
  • Travel Adapter: Thailand's sockets might be different than your home country's. Take one where you can plug multiple devices at the same time.
  • A Phone: It’s impossible to travel without it.
  • A Power Bank: You can do almost anything with your phone now. All you have to do is make sure your battery doesn’t die.
  • Headphones: Perfect for zoning out during long trips.

Extra

  • International Driving Licence: If you plan to rent a scooter or a car. Plan to get it way in advance as in some countries (like France for example) it can take months to get it.

What Should A Guy Pack To Thailand?

Beyond the usual stuff, guys might want to pack a few extra things:

  • Condoms: Of course you can find condoms in Thailand, every convenience store (7-Eleven) has some. But having your trusted brand is always a plus. And FYI, the “regular” size in Thailand is smaller than in Europe / North America.

What Should A Girl Pack To Thailand?

For female travelers, consider packing:

  • Menstrual Pads and contraception: While you can find them in Thailand, they probably don’t have the same brands here as you have back home. And menstrual pads are pretty rare in Thailand.

That’s for the must-have.

For my complete packing list, have a look at my checklist below

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FAQ

Pack light for a trip to Thailand. Pack 2 sets of casual summer clothes, 1 set of gym clothes, 1 classy outfit to go out, and 1 cozy outfit for rainy and cold days.

You need to pack clothes that cover your legs and shoulders to visit temples in Thailand.

A pair of pants and long-sleeved shirts will do.

Packing light for Thailand is an art, but it's pretty straightforward.

Bring your important electronics, 2 outfits for traveling days, 1 fancy outfit for night-outs, and 1 set of gym clothes.

Add cash, your credit card(s), and your passport. And you’re good to go.

Buy the rest as you go.

Continue Preparing Your Trip To Thailand

I’ve made a step-by-step list of everything you need to do to plan your trip to Thailand.

Now tell me in the comments, what do you always pack for a trip?

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