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Our Thailand Packing List: Checklist for Your Dream Vacation

Updated: Apr 28

If you're currently planning your Thailand vacation but aren't sure what to pack, then you're in the right place!

We've created a detailed packing list for Thailand that will support you during your packing and allow you to board the plane with peace of mind, as it includes all the essential items for your trip.

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1. Climate in Thailand

Thailand is located in Southeast Asia and has a tropical climate characterized by high temperatures, high humidity, and heavy rainfall. The climate in Thailand can be divided into three main seasons: the hot season, the rainy season, and the cool season.

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Hot Season (March to May): During this time, temperatures often rise above 35°C. Humidity is high, and there is little rainfall. This is the hottest time of the year in Thailand.

Rainy Season (June to October): Thailand experiences heavy and frequent rainfall during the rainy season, which can lead to flooding. Temperatures decrease slightly but remain warm. Humidity is very high during this time.

Cool Season (November to February): This is the most popular time for travel to Thailand. Temperatures are milder, often ranging between 20°C and 30°C. Humidity is lower, and there is less rainfall. This is also the main tourist season in Thailand.

2. The Right Luggage for Your Vacation in Thailand

For your vacation in Thailand, you'll need a larger backpack or suitcase. Since we're always on the move, we prefer a backpack over a bulky suitcase - but of course, it's a matter of personal preference and depends on your plans for the vacation.

In general, we recommend taking along a large backpacker backpack as well as a smaller backpack for day trips. During the flight, you can use the smaller backpack as carry-on luggage, and during your trip, it's perfect for shorter outings.

You can store all your important items in the day backpack, such as your passport, money, and other valuables that you always want to have with you. Large backpacks often end up in the luggage compartment during bus transfers, but you can always keep your day backpack with you.

Secret tip: we have a rain cover for both our day backpack and our trekking backpack. This not only protects against sudden rain showers but also potentially against pickpockets.

3. Our Detailed Thailand Packing List for Your Backpacking Vacation

Thailand Checklist: Travel Documents and Money

You should definitely have the following documents with your travel materials in your day backpack when traveling to Thailand:

  • Passport (+ copy of important documents stored elsewhere, e.g., in the trekking backpack)

  • Flight tickets

  • Wallet

  • Credit card

  • Health insurance card / International travel insurance

  • Cash

  • International driver's license

  • Possibly vaccination certificate

  • Optional: student ID

Thailand Packing List: Clothing

The following clothing items are essential for your vacation in Thailand. Please note that you'll have opportunities to do laundry along the way, so don't pack too much and opt for clothing that can be easily mixed and matched.

Make sure to pack the following items:

  • Underwear (including sports bras)

  • Socks and hiking socks

  • Swimwear (bikini, swim trunks, etc.)

  • Pyjamas

  • 3-4 T-shirts

  • Performance shirt

  • Thin long-sleeved shirt

  • 2 pairs of shorts

  • 2 pairs of long pants

  • Sportswear

  • Dressier outfit (e.g., dress or shirt for cocktails at a rooftop bar in Bangkok)

  • Outfit that covers shoulders and knees (for visiting temples)

  • Trekking pants

  • Cardigan

  • Multifunctional scarf

  • Fleece jacket or fleece pullover (for women / men)

  • Rain jacket

Thailand Packing List: Shoes

Shoes take up a lot of space in your luggage (and add extra weight), so it's essential to consider in advance which activities you plan to do and which shoes you'll need for them. Also, make sure your shoes are well broken-in if possible.

  • Sneakers

  • Flip-flops, Slides, etc.

  • Water shoes

  • Optional: Ballet flats

  • Optional: Hiking boots

Thailand Packing List: Hygiene Products

When it comes to our hygiene items, we always aim for compact, lightweight options with minimal packaging. Additionally, we transfer our favorite cosmetics like shampoo, shower gel, and heat protectant into travel-sized containers, as they often don't come in smaller sizes.

Here's everything we bring in our backpack for a trip to Thailand:

  • Toiletry bag

  • Shampoo, body wash, and conditioner

  • Deodorant

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss

  • Cotton swabs

  • Nail care kit

  • Hairbrush

  • Hair ties

  • Makeup

  • Razor

  • Tweezers

  • Tampons, sanitary pads

  • Face cream and other skincare products

  • Body lotion

  • Small microfiber towel for on-the-go use

Thailand Packing List: Travel Pharmacy

For your trip to Thailand, you should definitely think about your travel pharmacy in advance. We have compiled a separate post (Travel Pharmacy Thailand) where we inform you about the medications that are essential to bring along with a first aid kit for your trip to Thailand.

Because it can sometimes be difficult to obtain the correct and original medications locally, always play it safe and bring your own small pharmacy for the road.

In addition to medications, you should, of course, also have appropriate sun protection.

Adequate mosquito protection is also essential. In addition to light-colored clothing (for men / women), mosquito sprays and a mosquito net are helpful.

Thailand Packing List: Technology

Here's a list of our technical equipment, which is also part of our luggage. Depending on whether or what content or holiday memories you want to create, you should also have the appropriate equipment with you.

Thailand Packing List: Miscellaneous

Finally, here are a few more items that are essential in our luggage:

  • Sunglasses

  • Cap for sun protection

  • Small combination lock for your hiking backpack

  • Waterproof sunscreen (the best waterproof sunscreen from our point of view, as it doesn't stick, absorbs quickly, and cools - worth its price 100%)

  • Optional: diving mask & snorkel

  • Cover for protecting your backpack during flights or bus rides etc.

  • Lightweight sleeping bag (in case you don't want to lie directly in bed in a hostel)

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If you need more information for your trip, the following articles can help you with your planning:


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