This might be the shortest what to pack for Thailand list in history! Don’t get me wrong I love a good list. I’m just not a fan of the lists that recommend you pack every accessory under the sun.
With that being said, I’ll list the basics and then a few extra items at the end.
- Main Luggage Bag
- Sling Bag
- Wash Kit
- Lightweight Clothes
That’s pretty much it! The rest you can buy once you’ve checked-in at your hotel.
OK so this ‘what to pack for Thailand’ list is thin on the ground, I’ll try and explain in a little more detail.
Main Luggage Bag
Pretty simple, this is what you will be using to pack your clothes. If you want to go the extra mile and use packing cubes or some other fancy device, feel free. I’ve always found rolling my clothes to be the best way to pack.
You won’t need anything crazy, just a nice large sturdy bag. If you’re going to hotels then a 4 wheel suitcase will do the trick, and if you’re hiking around then you’ll be wanting to take a strong backpack.
ANY! Backpack will do, you really don’t need to go out and buy a £500 backpack that will on most days be sat in your hotel room just because your favourite YouTuber said so. Save your money and use the one you already have. Spend the money you were going to use on a backpack for some day trips out.
Use the backpack as your hand luggage on the plane, and then as you day bag when heading out for trips into the mountains or exploring the islands.
This may not be for everyone, but it’s on my list as it is something that I bring and use daily.
The idea of this bag is just to have some extra room with you. I use it told to hold my suncream, sunglasses and a battery pack. It may have some extra money or items I just don’t want taking up room in my pockets.
It’s also handy if you end up buying some items and keeps your hands free while walking around. Keeps your free’d up so that you can take photos, navigating through crowds and a place to keep a bottle of water.
Not all hotels will provide bathroom essentials! Especially if you are staying at hostels or budget-friendly hotels. It’s also nice to know that you can freshen up as soon as you get into your room.
You really don’t need to bring anything crazy with you as the local 7-11 or shopping mall will have everything you need.
Soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush, deodorant and a comb is all you really need.
It’s Thailand, it’s a tropical climate. If you have more than two pairs trousers your doing something wrong.
The bulk of the time you will be in shorts, a lightweight t-shirt or shirt and flipflops. If you’re heading out to the bars or clubs you will be let in. There are a few exceptions to this rule though, but if your sticking to the tourist hot spots you will be fine.
For footwear, a good pair of flipflops will do you just fine. I’d also bring along some smarting look slip on trainers to wear at night. You shouldn’t need more than two pairs.
While this is a basic list it should give you an idea what to pack for Thailand. This is a base list that you can then build from, I myself don’t take much more than this purely because I want to travel light. This also makes it easier to just pick up and go! As moving around Thailand is relatively cheap.
I’ve not included items such as suncream and bug spray as these are a given! You can buy suncream once you’re in Thailand, just make sure you check the label first as it may have a whitener. Check Big-C or a pharmacy in the shopping malls for suncream that doesn’t have a whitener. 7-11 carries these as well – You can pick up pretty much anything in a 7-11!
Next up will be your phone, most phones now can take amazing photos and videos for your holiday snaps. If the most you are going to do with your photos is post them on social media your phone is going to do the job.
However, by all means, bring a camera. If you have it and enjoy taking photos, you are in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Make use of it!
I carry my drone with me everywhere, I have a DJI Mavic Air purely for its small size and you can get some amazing photos and videos. This is in the extras section as a drone isn’t something that everyone has. Just be sure to check up on the drone laws in Thailand before you fly.
Other worthy mentions are a battery pack and an action camera. I have and still use the RAVPower 22000mAh battery pack, I’ve had it a few years now and it’s never let me down. Highly recommended.
I’ve recently upgraded to a GoPro HERO7, not had much use for it yet. But an action camera is a nice addition.
OK so maybe this didn’t turn out to be the shortest what to pack for Thailand list in history! But I hope it has given you some ideas of what you really need to pack and what is more of a nice to have.
Let me know in the comments below on your must have items on what to pack for Thailand.