Thailand is a diverse country with its own climate, culture, history and variety of activities. It is important to prepare and pack wisely for an experience that is truly unique and memorable. Here you will find a list of 12 essential items to pack for a trip to Thailand.
1. Passport / Visa
Your passport and visa are the most important things when traveling to Thailand. People from some countries can enter Thailand without visa, although some countries may need to apply for Visa on Arrival. You can check the latest visa requirements about visa here: Thailand Visa.
Carrying a copy of passport and keeping scans of all your important travel documents such as driving license, flight tickets, and hotel bookings on your phone is also recommended.
2. Universal Power Adapter
If you are heading to Thailand, you need to make sure that your devices would be compatible with power outlets in Thailand. The electricity in Thailand is 220 volts at 50 hertz. This means that if your electrical devices can't accept this, you may need a converter or transformer.
3. Clothes for hot climate
Thailand is very hot and humid. Light cotton clothing such as T-shirts and shorts is perfect for Thailand weather. However, it is a good idea to pack at least one pair of long pants as you will need to use them when entering the temple. If you will be heading to Northern Thailand and will visiting cities such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai at the end of the year, you should bring a warm lightweight jacket as it may be chilly at night.
When traveling to Thailand, especially to the southern part of the country, you should pack multiple swim suits for the days you are going to spend on the beaches or swimming pool. Normally, the swimwear sold in Bangkok is small size so it's better to find one from your country. We would suggest taking bright colored or tropical printed swimwear with you for picture perfect shots.
5. Comfortable shoes
You will find a lot of shoes to choose from in Thailand. However, you should bring your own comfortable slip-on shoes that fit you best. Bringing lightweight flip flops is recommended too as they will be suitable for bathing at hotels or cheap hostels, swimming pools or beaches.
6. Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat
You will definitely need sunglasses, hat and sunscreen with high SPF to protect you from sunburn when traveling in Thailand. If you are going to spend more time outdoors or on the beach, don't forget to apply the cream frequently.
7. Personal medicines
There are many pharmacies in Thailand but it can be difficult to make sure that you buy a medicine that is prescribed for you so it will be safer to bring it from your country. Vitamins, headache medicines, antacids and "sea-sick" pills, if you are planning a sea trip, should be added to the list.
8. Zip lock bags
This is the one of the most important kits you need when traveling. Zip lock bags have many benefits that will help you to use for storing food, preventing your gadgets from water and keep them dry or use as bag for toiletries such as toothpaste, soap, toothbrush, and wet wipes.
9. Travel insurance
You can travel anywhere in the world without travel insurance, but getting travel insurance is really worth to getting when you are traveling abroad. Buying travel insurance would give you coverage for lost baggage and travel delays as well as covering medical costs in emergency situation.
10. Credit or debit card
Thai Baht is the only currency accepted in Thailand and it is important to bring enough cash there. However, carrying a lot of cash in foreign countries can be dangerous. When your cash runs out, the credit or debit card will be essential for withdrawing Thai Baht from ATM's.
Unexpected rain is not uncommon in Thailand. Having a compact lightweight travel umbrella in your carry-on bag is always a good idea.
12. Bug Spray
As Thailand is a tropical country, using bug spray or mosquito nets and repellent might be useful to keep you comfortable and protected against mosquitoes.