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Have you bought your plane ticket and the time to leave is fast approaching? After the joys of such a decision comes the question of knowing what to pack to go to Thailand. No need to panic, we have prepared an ultra-comprehensive list of the essentials ( checklist for traveling) to plan to make sure that you don’t miss anything once there.

To leave no room for unforeseen events, it is of course preferable to go through this list a few days before leaving rather than the day before departure, because you could miss certain elements.

It will also be essential to think carefully about packing according to the type of accommodation where you are going to stay, the different modes of transport you will use during your trip, the climate and the season, as well as the activities you plan to do…

To help you prepare your luggage, this checklist of essential things to bring to Thailand groups together several categories: clothing, accessories, miscellaneous items… it will allow you to have a concrete vision of a typical luggagefor Thailand.

A word of advice, do not forget to save some room in your luggage if you want to bring back souvenirs or do some clothing shopping on the spot.

Thanks to this checklist and all you have to do is enjoy your trip to the fullest!

1- Essential Paper and Documents

Important: the passport is compulsory for Thailand!

Before even taking your plane tickets, remember to check the validity of your passport: it must be at least six months valid after the date of your return (for certain countries) and a blank page. Another advice, send your important documents to a secondary mailbox in case you lose them.

  • Passport
  • Id card
  • Plan or train ticket (have a hard copy in case of problem)
  • Booking documents (electronic ticket, train ticket, hotel reservation)
  • Visa (if necessary)
  • International driving license
  • Health insurance card
  • Travel insurance
  • Blue card
  • Cash
  • Useful numbers for emergency
  • Itinerary and address of your accommodation (hotel/campsite/stay)
  • Vaccination certificate
  • Driving license, sailing license, etc.
  • Some business cards with your contact details, email, blog, website

2- The Essentials for Transport

The little things to have with you all the time during the flight or the train or bus trip:

  • Cell phone and charger
  • Book/Magazine/Kindle/Travel guide
  • Mp3 player
  • Chewing gum
  • Pen+ notepad
  • Travel pillow
  • Sleeping mask
  • Earplugs
  • Snacks/sandwich
  • Small water bottle
  • Nasal ointment for dry nose
  • Sunglasses
  • Glasses case
  • Watch
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Medicines for sickness

3- Backpack and Luggage

  • Waterproof bag
  • Handbag
  • Dirty laundry bag
  • Cabin luggage
  • Travel bag
  • Luggage tag
  • Luggage organizers
  • Backpack rain cover
  • Zipper bag for booth advertising
  • Shoe bag
  • Banana bag
  • Small compact backpack

4- Clothing and Shoes

Take depending on the climate:

  • Socks
  • Tank tops
  • Skirt
  • Dress
  • Pajamas
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Short sleeve shirt
  • Polo
  • Sweatshirt/sweater
  • Jeans
  • Light pants (for her, for him)
  • Ticket cover belt
  • Shorts
  • Jogging
  • Jacket/coat
  • K-way (for her, for him)
  • Windbreaker (for her, for him)
  • Hat/cap/beanie
  • Scarf/foulard/bandana
  • Swimsuit
  • Buff type scarf

For the shoes, you will have to choose according to your activities on site:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Shoes for going out (restaurant, bars, clubs…)
  • Flip-flops (for the beach, showers…) (for her, for him)
  • Hiking shoes (for her, for him)
  • Sandals (for her, for him)
  • Water shoes for walking in water (beaches, waterfalls, rivers…) (for her, for him)
  • Lightweight trekking shoes (for her, for him)
  • Fangs

5- Hygiene and Toilet

  • Microfiber towel
  • Toiletry bag
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Face cleanser
  • Nail clipper (to be put in the hold)
  • Cotton swabs (biodegradable)
  • Tweezers
  • Makeup
  • Deodorant
  • Comb/hairbrush
  • Razor and shaving foam
  • Biodegradable wipes
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Perfume
  • Contact lenses
  • Contact lens product
  • Pocket mirror

6- Photo, video, and high tech

For photographers and videographers:

  • Camera
  • Goal
  • Memory card
  • Polarizing filters
  • ND filter
  • Additional battery
  • Charger+ cable+ adapter for plug
  • Cleaning kit
  • External hard drive
  • USB key
  • Stabilizer
  • Drone
  • Waterproof phone case
  • Flash
  • Sun slice photon solar charger
  • GoPro
  • Waterproof box
  • Selfie stick
  • External battery (power bank)

Also, take:

  • Portable speaker
  • Ipad/Tablet
  • Laptop
  • External battery
  • Noise-canceling headphones or headphones

7- Various Accessories

The accessories you will take in your luggage for Thailand will depend on your travel style.

  • Code lock
  • Headlamp
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sackcloth
  • Swiss army knife (not in hand luggage!)
  • Travel clothesline
  • Powder or liquid detergent
  • Clothespins
  • Spork
  • Ziplock bags
  • Lighter
  • Foldable umbrella
  • Toilet paper

8- Medication and First Aid Kit

I suggest consulting with your doctor and dentist before going. Beware of pirated drugs and remember to be up to date with your vaccines!

If you are having treatment, remember to take your personal medicines and your prescription if necessary (or medical certificate).

You can buy an already prepared first aid kit.

  • Cotton swabs
  • Tweezers
  • Round trip scissors
  • Pairs of disposable latex gloves
  • Dressings
  • Bandage
  • Paracetamol or ibuprofen for pain
  • Sterile compresses
  • Disinfectant spray for wounds
  • Physiological serum in pods (wound cleansing)

For long trips and places of greater risk, we can also add:

  • Sterile adhesive skin sutures
  • Rehydration solutions (in case of dehydration)
  • Pastilles to purify water
  • Tablets to decontaminate water (Aquatabs or Micropur)
  • Medicines for altitude
  • Medicines for sore throat
  • Antimalarial drug
  • Blanket
  • Tick pliers
  • Ointment against itching
  • Probiotics for the stomach
  • Corticosteroids in pills and creams
  • Analgesics (pain reliever)
  • Cold medicine
  • Biafine (in case of burn)
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic without a prescription
  • Anti-diarrheal tablets

Especially for Thailand

A list of accessories to take in your luggage specifically for Thailand:

  • Mosquito repellent
  • Mosquito net
  • Solar cream
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Waterproof smartphone pouch
  • For hikers: GPS, map, compass, water bottle
  • Walking stick
  • Anti-perspiration talc
  • Beach towel
  • Sawyer water filter
  • Pills to purify non-potable water
  • Mask, snorkel, fins
  • Diving accessories (gloves, dive computer, light, knife…)

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