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Wondering about what to pack for your trip to Thailand?

It is the fact that you cannot bring your apartment inside your baggage. Think twice and just bring something really necessary.

There are many things you can buy here at a much cheaper price than what you pay for it at your home country.

In the other hand, you must prepare something that you cannot or hardly find in Thailand such as your prescribed medicine or some special products for your trekking trip. 

You will find below all the information you need to prepare for your Thailand packing list.

Preparing for your Thailand trip

Preparing for what to pack should be done 1 month before you go. This will depend on the climate during your travel period, the activities that you will join, or the countries that you will visit. 

Moreover, your Thailand packing list also depends on your gender, your private hobbies or your travel purpose. 

Answering the below questions will help you have more idea of what to pack for your Thailand trip.

Which part of Thailand are you going to explore?

The first thing to consider is which parts of the country you’ll be visiting.

If you’ll be staying up north in places like Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Pai, you can probably skip the beach gear and load up on the athletic clothes for hiking and flowy pants for exploring temples. That being said, you may want to bring along a bathing suit or two for waterfalls or pools.

If you’ll be down south in Bangkok, you may want to bring some nicer clothes as it’s a large city with some fancier restaurants and bars.

Finally, if you’ll be visiting the many islands off the coast, you’ll absolutely want to bring bathing suits, cover-ups and anything else you need to enjoy time in the sun. Don’t forget your snorkel gear so that you can catch a glimpse of everything going on below the surface!

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What activities are you going to join in Thailand?

With so much to do in Thailand, you want to make sure you pack appropriately for the activities you’re planning.

If you plan on exploring the many national parks, waterfalls, and mountainous countryside, load up on those athletic clothes, sports bras, and sneakers.

If you’re interested in the culture, be sure you have the correct temple wear. At all temples in Thailand, men and women are required to have their knees and shoulders covered. It’s best to wear a long skirt or pants as a sign of respect, but you can also get away with wrapping a sarong around a pair of shorts, as long as it covers you completely.

If you’re a beach bum, bring all your beach gear and anything else you need to enhance your experience like snorkel and dive gear.

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How long are you planning to travel in Thailand?

Depending on how long you are planning to travel can definitely affect your packing list. If you will be caught in the middle of the season change, there is a reason to pack warm clothes, rain jacket, and waterproof shoes. You will also have to get a waterproof cover for your backpack.

What time of year are you planning to visit Thailand?

The next consideration to keep in mind is the time of year you’ll be visiting. While it’s warm year round, there are three distinct seasons in Thailand: hot, cool, and wet.

Hot season runs from March through June and you can expect to be sweating excessively all day every day. You’ll get the occasional rain shower, but most of the time you’ll be walking around under the beating sun with little reprieve.

During this time of year, you’ll want lots of clothes made from quick-dry fabric to wick sweat instead of absorb it, and lots of lightweight flowy fabrics as well.

Cool season is from November to February. Cool is totally relative because it’s still just as hot as summer in Europe or the U.S. During cool season, Thailand is drier and less humid than hot season, making it more comfortable, but it’s still super warm.

That being said, you may want to bring a pair of leggings, sweatpants and a flannel, if you’re traveling during this time because temperatures at night can drop.

Finally, monsoon (wet) season varies from place to place but is generally from May to October, with the most rain coming from August to October.

Rainy season in Thailand will completely redefine what you think you know about rain the second you get caught in a downpour. The roads flood with water, you’re pelted constantly and then it will stop as suddenly as it started.

It’s rare that you’ll have an entire day of rain, but intermittent rain is almost a guarantee during this time of year.

Because monsoon season is so unpredictable, you should carry a raincoat or small umbrella with you all the time. No, seriously, get a lightweight, compressible raincoat and keep it with you always. You will be so happy when you’re the only dry one when the heavens open up.

Note: You can check more detail about Thailand weather and best time to visit

Which other countries are you going to after Thailand?

It's simple, if you are heading somewhere else after Thailand, you need to check its climate and weather as well, and of course, prepare extra packing list for those countries.

Normally, you can add some Thailand’s neighbor countries to your plan such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos.

Check out the packing list for Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos.

Now that you know the main things to keep in mind, it’s time to start packing based on all of the above.

What to pack for Thailand

To make it easier, we will divide your packing list into 6 categories below:

  1. Essential documents including passports, blood type card, or useful address. 
  2. Clothing: specific for women and men
  3. Toiletries: remember to pack just something you cannot buy. Most of the toiletries you can find in Thailand at a cheaper price
  4. Travel health & helpful hints: All the essential prescribed medicines that you barely find in Thailand
  5. Electronics & gadget to pack: Suitable electronic equipment to enjoy during the trip
  6. Miscellaneous for Thailand: All other necessary items not listed above

Below is the detailed items list of each category.

8 Essential document items to bring

  1. Passport - must be valid for the next 6 months when you arrive or enter in Thailand. And it must have at least 6-month validity on the date of arrival
  2. Visa - check if you need a visa or if your free visa days are not enough - here is how you can apply for a Thailand visa, if you need one or not and how to extend your visa if you need to
  3. Official-sized passport photos: They will require at least 2 photos for visa on arrival. There is no hurt bring some more as they're also sometimes used for permits and other applications. We recommend preparing at least 5 photos with you. If you are going to visit the neighboring countries, so add 5 more for each destination.
  4. Return ticket - when you land or enter Thailand, it's not common for the immigration officer to ask for your exit ticket, however, if they do, you should have one ready. You can also tell them that you are crossing the border to Cambodia or Laos, which is acceptable.
  5. Accommodation confirmation - it is proven that depending on your length of stay or nationality or immigration officer, a confirmed hotel or accommodation booking will be asked, book at least the first three nights, save the email confirmation (screen shot on your phone)
  6. Travel insurance - the immigration will not be asking this; however, your trip can be unpredictable, it's always better to be ready and have a peace in tour mind than taking a risk especially if you are planning to go motorbiking or do adventurous trips
  7. Photocopy - get a photocopy of your passport and visa page. This can be helpful in case you lost your passport.
  8. Blood type card – have a copy with you either in hard copy or a screen shot in your mobile phone. 

Clothing

The clothing is different for men and women. There should be some extra packing if you are going to join a motorbiking trip. In case you have kids, you need extra clothing for them as somethings cannot be found here.

The list is suitable for active travelers who expect to join trekking or hiking in the remote areas in quite long journey. Please adjust if you are going to join a short trip around the cities or tourist hubs

Clothing for women

  • 1 cotton shirt - preferably in colored to wash easier
  • 2 dresses - 1 maxi, going/short dress
  • 3 pair of shorts - 2 sports types, one board/denim type
  • 1 pair of leggings - You won't use it as it is but perfect to use underneath a skirt 
  • 1 long sleeve - will be useful for places where you need to cover up (doesn't have to be thick)
  • 4 pair of socks - especially if you are planning to hike a lot (thick one if you are going during winter on the north)
  • 2 pairs of sports bras, 2 pairs of regular bras
  • 6 pairs of underwear
  • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes - if you have North American or European size, those sizes cannot be found here
  • 2 pairs of bikinis
  • 1 lightweight big scarf/sarong - use it with leggings when visiting sacred places or blanket at airports or bus journey
  • 1 walking shoes/hiking shoes
  • 1 pair of flip-flops - don't bring expensive ones, you might lose them anyway
  • 1 pair of cute sandals
  • 1 rain jacket - lightweight
  • 1 quick dry towel
  • 1 security/waist belt

Clothing for Men

  • 3 shorts - 1 travel short, preferably with lots of pockets, 2 day/board shorts
  • 5 T-shirts - 3 cotton, 1 athletic shirt
  • 1 tank top - unless you prefer tank top over T-shirts
  • 1 long trouser
  • 1 long sleeve thin shirt
  • 4 pair of socks - at least one pair for hiking and winter
  • 6 pairs of underwear
  • 1 lightweight scarf/sarong - can be useful for sacred places and as a blanket
  • 1 quick dry towel
  • 1 pair of flip-flops - don't bring an expensive one, you might lose it anyway
  • 1 hiking/walking shoes/boots
  • 1 closed pair of shoes
  • 1 security/waist belt
  • 1 pair of swim shorts - fast dry and lightweight

Extra for motorbiking in Thailand – both women and men

If you are planning to drive or ride a motorbike, you might want to add these on your packing list:

  • 1 long trouser - to cover and protect your skin under the very hot sun and possible crash
  • 1 polarised sunglasses
  • 1 face mask - to cover your nose and mouth with dirt and smoke
  • 1 headwear
  • Translation app or Thai dictionary
  • An offline or online map on your smart phone

Extra for travelling with kids

Travelling with kids will be fun but can also be a nightmare especially if you fail to pack the must bring items and accessories. Here are some:

  • Medicine - they can be found here; however, it will be consuming and the risk of getting not the right dosage or exact equivalent of the medicine you need is too much to risk
  • Cotton clothing - cotton shirts can be expensive in Thailand while the sizes can be an issue too
  • Entertainment items - such as colouring books, toys, shows to watch
  • Wet wipes and toilet paper - they are pretty easy to find, so you can buy upon arrival.
  • Bag for rubbish - always whenever, wherever
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swim wear
  • Sunblock for kids - get a reef-friendly sunblock
  • Floaters and goggles
  • Hat/sun hat
  • Underwear
  • De-tangling hair spray, hair comb, and hair ties
  • Water bottle
  • Their own suitcase - if your kids are big enough, you should let them have their own suitcase

You should remember that sizes can be an issue in Thailand.

Accessories

Packing accessories

To help you pack wisely and smartly, here are some packing accessories that can be useful:

  • Packing cubes - it will help you pack faster and access whatever you need in bag easier
  • Ziplocs - it is very useful for keeping your gadgets and documents dry especially during rainy season and if you are going motorbiking
  • Laundry bag - the best ones are the plastic with Ziploc on to contain the dirt and smell

Accessories for motorbiking

If you are going motorbiking in Thailand, make sure you have these with you as well:

  • Rain cover for your backpack
  • Rain cover for your motorbiking
  • Overall onesie rain suit/rain jacket
  • Rain boots
  • Phone holder - so you can look at the map easier and faster, they can be bought in Thailand but best to get from your home country in case you are using a new model
  • Dry bag - place items that you will need often so you can reach them easily

Accessories for safety

Trouble and bad people are everywhere, however, if you come prepared, you can avoid or lessen the chances that these issues might happen if you pack some of these things:

  • Padlocks - get a good one that is not too heavy to carry
  • RFID wallet - for passport and bank cards
  • Money bag/waist bag - bring one that is thin enough to place on your waist and hide under your shirt
  • Filtration water bottle - to avoid buying bottled water all the time and to make sure that you only drink clean water
  • Head torch/torch
  • Whistle
  • Copy of your prescriptions - must be translated in English

Toiletries

Toiletries for women

Some of the items cannot be found in Thailand; therefore, you must bring them with you from your home country. Some can be easily bought on arrival at much cheaper price, just bring some to use on the go:

  • Menstrual cup/tampon - tampons with applicators are almost impossible to find
  • Toothbrush heads - if you use an electric toothbrush
  • Makeup - some international makeup brands are not available here
  • Shampoo, hair conditioner, body gel - you don't need to pack big sizes/bottles, they can be bought here easily and cheaply.
  • Toothpaste: as long as you need something special, you can find the most popular products from Unilever or P&G in Thailand
  • Deodorant: you can also find the popular brands in Thailand
  • Sunblock and moisturizer/lotion - most moisturizer or lotion here have whitening
  • Perfume: Bring some, this is the favorable gifts for your Thai friends
  • Hair products - for curly hair
  • tissue/wet wipes - pocket size, they are easy to buy here

Toiletries for men

A few basic toilet items and ones that you cannot get in Thailand:

  • Shower gel and shampoo - easy to buy in Thailand
  • Shaving cream - not impossible but not cheap
  • Deodorant – easily to find popular brands in Thailand
  • Electric shaver – better to bring your own than buy the new one
  • Toothbrush heads - if you use an electric toothbrush
  • Perfume: Bring some, this is the favorable gifts for your Thai friends
  • Sunblock and moisturizer - most moisturizer or lotion here have whitening
  • Tissue/wet wipes - pocket size, they are easy to buy here

Travel health & helpful hints

Packing a basic health kit is a good idea no matter where you are going, and truly imperative if you have any sort of health conditions or take regular medications.

  • Personal medical essentials plus Epi Pen if necessary
  • Copies of all your prescriptions/immunizations and your doctor’s phone number
  • First aid kit: Imodium, ibuprofen, paracetamol, tums/antacid tablets, Benadryl
  • Allergy meds, asthma inhalers, & eye drops
  • An adequate supply of prescription medications (knowing the generic name comes in handy)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Anti-diarrheal tablets
  • Antibiotic cream/ointment
  • Anti-malarial if necessary (check with your doctor and the CDC/WHO before going)
  • Anti-itch cream for bug bites
  • Tiger balm (for headaches/muscle soreness/sinus issues)
  • Band-Aids/bandages
  • Mints or ginger to aid digestion and upset stomach
  • Essential oils/travel diffuser for wellness regimen

Check the full list of Healthy Packing List from CDC HERE

Electronics & Gadgets to pack

Here are a few electronics and gadgets that you must pack both to keep you entertain and to help you with planning, during travelling, and to keep in touch with your family and friends back home.

Standard gadgets to pack

  • Smartphone - will help you in many ways; digital maps, mobile banking, contacting your hotel/hostel, contacting your family, to download your bus, train, and plane tickets
  • Camera - your smartphone can be good enough, while other travelers bring digital cameras or action camera
  • Phone chargers - pack at least two sets of phone chargers
  • Headphone splitter
  • External hard drive - at least 265 GB to save those photos
  • Power bank - 2 pieces would be better
  • 2 SD cards - for your camera
  • Universal converter

For entertainment

  • Kindle/ebook reader - to kill time on those long bus journeys or flight connections
  • iPod/music player - again, the bus journey can be really long
  • Laptop - unless you will use it for something else like work or you will be travelling for a really long time, perhaps it will not be smart to bring a laptop
  • Chargers - for every gadget that you will be bringing
  • Headphones/earphones - never ever leave without these

Miscellaneous

  • Eye mask & neck pillow
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel journal
  • Waterproof watch
  • Mosquito repellent - easy to buy here
  • Chapstick, nail cutter & nail file
  • Toric contact lenses

What NOT to Pack for Thailand

Now that we’ve covered our recommendations for what to pack, here we have our what NOT to pack for Thailand list:

  1. DON’T BRING expensive jewelry. Wearing flashy jewelry can make you a target, and there’s really no reason to risk it getting lost or stolen.
  2. DON’T TAKE unnecessary valuables. Theft does happen in Thailand, and stuff can get lost on the road. If you don’t really need something that’s valuable, it’s just not worth the risk.
  3. DON’T PACK more than one pair of jeans.You may want jeans for going out or for wearing on the plane, but limit yourself to one pair. They’re bulky and heavy, they take forever to dry, and you probably won’t want to wear them very often in Thailand’s tropical climate anyway.
  4. DON’T PACK a mosquito net. This is something I occasionally see on packing lists, and it’s really not worth bringing. Almost all accommodations in Thailand provide mosquito nets if they’re needed, and it’s often not possible to hang up your own anyway.
  5. DON’T BRING a sleeping bag. Unless you’re planning on doing a ton of camping and know that you’ll need your own gear, there’s no need to bring a sleeping bag. Use a travel sheet instead.
  6. DON’T TAKE lots of cash. There’s no reason to carry a lot of cash with you and risk it getting stolen. Except in the most remote areas, there are ATMs throughout Thailand, so it’s pretty easy to access cash once you’re there. 
  7. DON’T PACK heavy books. When you’re trying to fit everything into a backpack, even one book takes up significant space and weight. Lots of guesthouses and cafes in Thailand have book exchanges, where you can pick up a paperback for free and drop it off at a future exchange when you’re done. Or, just bring a Kindle, and do your reading that way.
  8. DON’T BRING too many clothes. When you’re seeing different people all the time, you really don’t need to worry about repeating outfits. Plus, you can pick up new and second-hand clothes for cheap at local markets in Thailand. Also, Thailand is known for amazing tailoring so you can even have clothes made when you get there.

Packing tips & tricks

If you are having a hard time to decide what to bring, check out these packing tips:

  1. Pack only what you need - sounds easy but I understand it's not, with this, you should remember to forget about the phrase "in case I need this"
  2. Pack the ones you really need and cannot buy in Thailand - like lotion without whitening or tampons or clothes of your size
  3. Do a trial packing - if you can't fit everything in your bag or suitcase or you barely can close it, remove 1/4 of it (decide which one is your least favorite) and pack again
  4. The ideal weight - how long will you be travelling for, what season? for one month of hot seasons, you won't need more than 15 kgs
  5. The heavy and big ones - unless you are on a bigger size, you should a buy winter jacket and other heavy accessories such as shampoo or shower gel in Thailand, much better is pack a soap instead

And below are some recommended packing tricks

  1. Pack all of your chargers and cables in a separate packing cube
  2. Keep some Ziploc bags handy for any emergency
  3. Travel size containers for jewelry, toiletries and personal items are always helpful
  4. Official currency is the Thai Baht (THB) but keep a stash of US Dollars or Euros 
  5. Always keep medications and tech gear in your carry-on luggage/personal item
  6. Pack duct tape, it saves the day every time!
  7. Clip a few carabiners – they always come in handy
  8. Keep a few clothes pegs with you – good for laundry and closing snack bags

Frequently asked questions

Q. What kind of luggage or suitcase that I need?

If you’re travelling around, nothing beats a backpack for sheer portability, especially as not everywhere in Thailand has pristine pavements that will make maneuvering a wheelie suitcase easy.

Invest in a well-made backpack – if you need to economize, this is not the item on which to do it. Osprey is a solid choice in a variety of sizes. Remember to get a daypack too.

Use travel cubes to organize items in your backpack so you don’t have to empty the whole pack to get to what you want.

Luggage locks are useful for peace of mind while your bags are away from you in transit. Get TSA approved locks if you’re going in and out of the USA.

Q. How many kilos can I have with the checked baggage and hand luggage?

Most of the regional carriers only accept maximum 20 kilos of checked baggage and 7 kilos of hand luggage

Q. When is the cheapest time to fly to Thailand?

Logically, you'll find the cheapest flights to Thailand from May until October, which happily covers the school holidays. This does come at a price, however – the southwestern monsoon rolls in from mid-June and sticks around for the whole summer.

According to cheapflights.com.au, the cheapest flights to Thailand are usually found when departing on a Monday. The departure day with the highest cost is usually on a Friday.

Moreover, Thailand flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight at noon. Booking a flight in the morning will likely mean higher prices.

Simply follow this, sometimes you can have the promotion of 40-50% discount.

Check our full guidelines to find the cheapest ticket to Thailand

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