Since I’ve been writing and working on so many blogs posts about traveling in Thailand lately, I thought I would write up a little list of things you should pack for Thailand in particular. Keep in mind that basically everything in Thailand can be purchased, and for a low price. Although some things are harder to find than others (like tampons).
What to pack for Thailand:
Maxi Dresses. Dresses in general are perfect for traveling because they make such an easy outfit. Instead of packing tops and bottoms that will all go together, a dress is an outfit in it’s own. I personally love maxi dresses. And an added bonus of packing maxi dresses instead of minis is that you don’t have to worry about showing too much leg while touring the many temples of Thailand. Just make sure to pack a light cardigan to cover your shoulders when going to temples.
Baby Powder. A trick for combating the large amounts of sweat due to the extreme humidity in Thailand is to use baby powder! And when I say use it, I mean feel free to use it anywhere you may be getting sweaty… including on your inner thighs. Because we all know that sweaty inner thighs rubbing together can equal quite an uncomfortable time. Baby powder can also be used on your face, back, chest, etc.
Towel. There is a stigma surrounded the sharing of towels in Thailand. People just don’t do it. Even when I was an exchange student and would go spend the night at a friends house, it was always expected that I would bring my own towel. You will find that as a traveler, a lot of guest houses and even some hotels will not provide towels for you. In my experience, I prefer to buy a cheap towel in Thailand rather than bringing one of the microfiber travel towels from home. I just found that the microfiber ones never completely dried right (maybe due to the humidity) and that it just ended up smelling musty.
Face and body lotion, moisturizer, etc. Again, while these types of beauty products are available in Thailand, most of them contain some kind of skin whitener in them. This is because Thai people have a desire to look more pale, just as we are always trying to look more tan. And as a result, most beauty products do contain a whitening agent.
Sunscreen. While this one does seem obvious, it may not be so obvious the actual amount of sunscreen that you will need while in Thailand. You may find yourself going through a bottle within a couple of days. And don’t even bother with anything less than SPF 50 unless you want to end up in the hospital with heat stroke and have the nurse scoff in your face for not using the appropriate SPF. You’ll also find that sunscreen is one of the items that is actually relatively expensive to buy in Thailand, and therefore it is somewhat worth it to stock up at home.
Sandals. Or footwear that can easily be taken off as opposed to lace up sneakers or boots. This is because a lot of places, including temples and stores, will ask you to remove your shoes before entering. It’s just more convenient having slip off foot wear. Also, if you’re planning on staying in hostels it’s a good idea to take (or buy) a cheap pair of flip flops for using in the shower.
A sweater or hoodie. Yes it will be hot outside in Thailand, but keep in mind that many stores, malls, airports, etc. crank at the air conditioning. You may want to have a sweater on hand for these types of situations.
I hope you found this list helpful! What else would you pack if you were traveling to Thailand?