Trying to figure out what to pack for a long trip can be extremely stressful, especially if you are a procrastinator like me! When packing for Thailand, there are so many things to consider – beachwear for the islands, an outfit for the temples, comfy clothes for the long journeys, hiking essentials, tech gear; the list can get daunting! Below is a Thailand packing list for 2 weeks, including OUTFITS! If you are like me and want to take adorable pictures for your Instagram, but also don’t want to over-pack, this list will be extremely helpful!
Has TONS of compartments for organizing your tech gear
it is comfortable and does not hurt your shoulders
I can’t wait to ask for theOsprey Porter Bag from my mom for my birthday! I had my phone stolen in Phi Phi, but this bag is excellent because you are able to hide your belongings well. Make sure you know your airline carry on weight requirements ahead of time. Shane and I packed carry-on bags, only to realize they were over the weight limit and had to be checked anyways.
ATTIRE TO PACK:
The great thing about packing for Thailand is that tropical clothes take up WAY less space! The more swimsuits the merrier! As far as accessories go, I brought my two favorite James Michelle necklaces, but I would wait until you arrive in Thailand so that you can splurge on cheaper rings and bracelets. Serengetee has the cutest travel accessories (where my Travel More hat is from!)
For bottoms I like to follow the rule of two’s! Two pairs of shorts, one dark, one light, two pairs of leggings (for hiking and relaxing), two pairs of comfy shorts, and two maxi skirts. I am not a jean girl but feel free to bring a pair of jeans along as well – I love these black jeans from A + F! I also would pack a pair of good tennis shoes for hiking, my Nike Frees were just fine. I brought a pair of black sandals and a pair of brown wrap up sandals to spice up my outfits! I also brought two bralettes, a sports bra, and don’t forget underwear!
For tops I packed this cute jet lagged tee for all of the long flights from @cocoandpine, and then a couple neutral crops from Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 to mix and match. My go to place for shopping for Kimono’s is Tilly’s- they look so cute on the long tail boats! I love getting inspiration from @gypsylovinlight – this blue kimono I found on her Instagram!
My favorite places to get swimsuits are Zaful, Pac Sun, and Target. I may have a slight swim suit obsession, and I brought along 8 pairs, 6 bikinis and 2 one pieces from @boutinela, but they are so small you can pack them in tight. I am absolutely LOVING the high waisted bikini trend right now. The headbands are from Claires!
DON’T BRING a curling iron or a hair dryer. We stayed in hotels, airbnb’s and hostels and there was always a hair dryer available. I actually never dried my hair once. If you absolutely MUST have a hair dryer, make sure that it is compatible with the voltage in Thailand.
This makeup bag from forever 21 is so cute! I was also able to buy a pack of travel sized containers from F21 to put my lotion, conditioner, shampoo, sunscreen, and makeup remover in. Ulta bronzer, pony tail holders, your favorite mascara, toothbrush and toothbrush covers.
I lost two pairs of sunglasses and Shane lost ALL pairs, and sunglasses are so cheap in Thailand. If you like to lose sunglasses like me just opt for a cheaper pair. My favorite Sunnies are Quay (but I lost them…)
Don’t forget : Grab yourself some travel sized deodorant, Q-tips, nail clippers, tweezers, beauty scissors, I couldn’t tell you how many times we needed to open something and needed the beauty scissors.
You don’t need to bring shampoo and conditioner – it was available everywhere we stayed! But if you want to bring conditioner to use to shave your legs, I used it for that!
My boyfriend is in charge of the tech gear, and thank goodness he is a great photographer so I can showcase our travel adventures on my Instagram @travel_tothebeat. His go to camera is the Sony a6000 and he brought both his portrait lens and landscape lense. There were many times we wished we had brought a tripod, and if you are going to be alone it may be a great idea if you need a more steady shot. He also splurged and bought the DJ Mavic Air.THIS backpack was perfect for him and it fits ALL of his tech gear. I like to bring my Insta Camera because the mini polaroid pics are so cute! If you love photography and the fairy string lights people have in their pictures, you can buy them HERE! They make for some really cool shots!
THESE JOLTS HAVE SAVED MY LIFE! I don’t know where I would be in life without them. These portable chargers charge right in any outlet, and have the option for android or apple. I actually have bought 3 and don’t even use an iPhone charger anymore. They are the most amazing portable chargers I have ever purchased! You can buy them HERE!
The pharmacies in Thailand are excellent and you can usually get whatever you need over the counter. I like to play it safe – I brought my multi-vitamins with me, as well as activated charcoal which is a great natural remedy to an upset stomach and food poisoning. Hand sanitizer is super important for preventing getting sick. APPLY IT OFTEN!
Rolling your clothes is major key- it saves TONS of space!
I like to lay all of my clothes out before my trip to see how many outfits I can mix and match. I then plan my outfits out based on the main activities I’ll be doing (temple visit, elephant sanctuary visit, Maya bay tour, nice dinner, etc.)