So, you’ve booked your trip and you’re off for a few weeks to Thailand! Good for you—you go girl. When I packed for my trip to Thailand, I looked up “How to Pack for Thailand” on Google and received hits to many different blogs, describing the do’s and don’ts to be aware of. Now, everyone has their own travel experience, and these are a few of the tips and suggestions I have to add from my own experience.

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My Trip 

Destinations: Bangkok (arrival), Chiang Mai, Ko Samui, Ko Phangan, Koh Tao, Bangkok (Departure)

Length: 3 weeks

Accommodation Style: Mainly hotels and a few hostels

Now, I’ll be honest with you, I know when you travel you’re supposed to live the hostel life, but my friend and I stayed in hotels… pretty much the entire trip. We brought backpacks, which were really unnecessary for us. They just ended up being more work to carry than a suitcase would have been!

Tip: I went on a quick trip to Brandy Melville before leaving and bought everything I needed (clothes-wise) there. It was the best decision I made, because I wasn’t worried about the clothes and they looked great. They are also light and comfy, which is a perfect combination for traveling.

Suitcase: Easy to roll/travel with, more organized, less dirty, etc. Cloth_Suitcase

bags-139758_960_720.jpgBackpack: The only time the backpack came in handy was when we had to walk across sand to a boat once. That was the only time! Now, if you were staying from hostel to hostel and prepared to stay under the stars for a night or two I could understand it. But for us, it just wasn’t necessary.

 

Clothing

All of the articles I had read beforehand, and people we knew, had told us not to pack many clothes because you can buy everything there. For some reason, as I was packing, I kept saying to myself: “what if I need this” or “I need at least one good shirt to bring!” If you find yourself saying these things, don’t listen to your mind! Everyone was right! As soon as we got to Bangkok, there were markets and malls galore! Everything is so comfy, cheap, and weather-appropriate. I could have easily brought one outfit and bought my entire travel wardrobe there for $20. It’s not worth it to over-pack for your trip.

Tip: Just because you are in a different country, it does not mean that you have to adhere to the “travel look,” wearing cheap shirts, shorts, and a floppy hat. I found that people dressed-up in Bangkok. Everyone looks amazing, and if you’ve packed for a sloppy vacation—you’ll be regretting it.

Underwear: Bring 5-7 pairs, but they have laundry available everywhere.

Socks: 2-3 pairs, but I’m sure you will be wearing your sandals on the daily.

Bras: I didn’t wear a bra once; all I wore were bandeaus which you NEED to bring! They are easy and look great under loose shirts.

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Tops: Pack only 2 or 3 tops and buy the rest there. I swear—you will find something you like!

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Pants/Shorts: Loose pants or capris are suggested (remember they dress classy there). Bring 2 pairs of cutoff shorts with you as well, and a pair of workout shorts for hikes and activities.

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Dress: Bring 2 nice dresses, because dresses are easy and look great!

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Jacket: Bring one jacket for the cool nights and the airplane.

Airplane Outfit: The flight to Thailand is a long one if you are flying out of North America like I did. Dressing comfy is key! Wear lounge pants, a t-shirt, a sweater, and a jacket to keep warm on the plane. It’s also ideal if you can bring a mini toothbrush kit, hairbrush, and an extra change of clothes on the plane for those overnight trips.

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Bathing Suits: Once you travel to the islands, everyone dresses laxer as there are tourists everywhere. Bring 2 bathing suits, but make sure you cover-up!

Temples: Yes, you are required to cover your shoulders and knees before going into a temple. But, if you didn’t dress classy you can rent clothes there. The line was soooo long though, so I would suggest dressing the part before you arrive. I also wore sandals with a back and front strap and was fine with those.

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Accessories

Purse/Day Pack: I bought a backpack there, but it saved my life. Bring a light purse that you can carry close to you, as you will usually have cash on you at all times.

Jewelry: I brought 2 choker-style necklaces, and they made every outfit look great–even if the outfit wasn’t too stylish to begin with. So, simple jewelry is key.

Photo cred: Brandy Melville

Hat: I bought a snapback there, but a hat is necessary in the heat.

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Towel: I didn’t use my fast-drying towel very often, but it was small and easy to bring. Hotels provide towels.

Hair: Dry shampoo helped a lot, because your hair will be messy and greasy most of the time (truth). I brought a straightener, which I did use quite a bit. Hair oils will definitely help you, because the heat is damaging to our hair, as you probably know. Bring bobby pins, elastics, and head scarves to hold back the heat.

Airplane: I didn’t use my mask or my ear plugs, but I did use my neck pillow. If you have one, bring it, but if you don’t—you can purchase one at the airport. This isn’t a necessity, but it definitely helped on the countless bus journeys and airplane rides we took.

Reading Material: I found that books took up a lot of space in my bag, so if you have a Kindle or an iPad—I would suggest purchasing books online to take.

Shoes: Bring a pair of running shoes for sure! I wore sandals with a back and front, because you will be doing quite a bit of walking. You can just buy cheap flip flops there.

images.jpgPashminas: I would recommend bringing two pashminas to bring with you. These scarves saved my skin from the sun and were perfect to wrap around my waist during the day. Again, you can buy them when you get there too.

Electronics: I debated bringing my nice camera, and if you’re on the fence about it—bring it! It was the best decision I made, and I captured so many amazing pictures and memories because of it. Remember your chargers! Do you need an adapter? NO! The outlets worked for our North American chargers. Bring your phone too for those Instagram moments. Thailand has Wi-Fi everywhere!!! That was something that shocked me… they are on that Wi-Fi game.

Sunglasses: Bring a cheap pair, or buy there.

Necessities

Sunscreen/First Aid Kit: Bring sunscreen. I didn’t use my bug spray too much, but you will need it if you are going to be outdoors a lot. My first aid kit came in handy a few times, so definitely pack a mini one with lots of Band-Aids.

Money: Don’t bother exchanging money before you go. Do it there! The exchange rates are much lower if you just go to an ATM once you get there.

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Toiletries: I heard it before and I’ll say it again—you can buy everything you need when you get there! Makeup is useless, because it is so hot everything will melt off. Bring a waterproof mascara if you need your eyelashes to be on fleek in the heat. If you can’t live without your toiletries, then bring travel sized everything. Also bring hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and toilet paper for those ew-bathroom moments.

Medication: The medication that saved me on my trip was: Advil, Pepto-Bismol, After-Bite, muscle rub, and Polysporin. I wished that I brought after-sun cream, because I ended up getting a bad burn (wear sunscreen on the island ferry!!!).

Here are a few pictures of the outfits we wore to give you an idea of what to bring:

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