Thailand Travel Guide & Essentials Packing List – What To Pack For Thailand

 What To Pack For Thailand - Thailand Travel Guide & Essentials
My Thailand travel guide at last! It’s not every day you wake up and have the beach all to yourselves, unless you are in, maybe Phuket. This little Thai island is just paradise! I wish I could have stayed forever. I guess in a way I now understand why people stay on and live in Thailand. Below are some of my tips on Thailand travel in addition to what to pack for Thailand. You could certainly live there and not miss any “Western comforts”. You want shopping, Bangkok is filled with shopping malls from designer boutiques to purse-friendly stores. When it comes to the weather, let’s just say the London summers are blown right out of the water!


After doing the James Bond Tour and the Ko Phi Phi Tour, we wanted a little break from any activities and just lounge about like the world had stopped spinning for a while. Mai Khao beach where Renaissance Resort and Spa is located is simply Paradise. Even better in the morning for sunrise, as the beach is all yours to enjoy on your own with a loved one by your side. What makes Mai Khao Beach is its 11km-long straight beach, much of which is still undeveloped apart from JW Marriott Phuket Resort, the airport which sits at the top of the northwestern coast. This means that you can walk for miles and miles and not see a soul other than maybe one or two joggers from the resort.


I shared a couple more picture of our private villa at Renaissance. If need a short break from the activities on the island I would highly recommend a bit of rest and relaxation at Renaissance, if for this beautiful stretch of the beach alone! I have posted a couple of posts on Thailand which include tips and tricks on tours that we did in Thailand. In this post I thought I would provide you a little help when booking for a trip to Thailand. As far a what to pack for Thailand, getting there and getting around, including where to stay in Thailand whether heading to Phuket, Chiang Mai or Bangkok. Read on below for more.



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 What To Pack For Thailand - Beach Essentials - Phuket
 What To Pack For Thailand - Phuket Guide and Beach Essentials

Getting around Thailand is super easy. Flights from Thailands major cities like Bangkok are easy, frequent and cheap connecting to other Thai cities, islands and international destinations too. We flew in from Bangkok to Phuket having arrived from Siem Reap, then flew out from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur all using AirAsia which has plenty of cheap flights and make traveling around Asia cheap and easy. One of few sites you can compare flight prices that include Asia’s cheap carries is Kayak.


If you are traveling from major cities in Europe or more specifically London like we were, the best flight prices from the UK tend to be from the end of May. You can compare prices on Momondo, Kayak orExpedia. For details of getting around Thailand see below:


  • Buses Extensive and affordable for travel between towns.
  • Air Cheap and frequent domestic connections on budget airlines.
  • Trains Slow but scenic between Bangkok, the north, the northeast and the south.
  • Car & motorcycle Easy to hire for local touring.
  • Local transport Shared and chartered taxis and motorcycles are widely available.


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Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa - Thailand - Phuket (92 of 155)
Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa - Thailand - Phuket (94 of 155)

Women’s Summer Essentials  – What To Pack For Thailand (Packing List)

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Beach Cover-Ups

I love packing a range of cover-ups from embellished kaftans that are easy to pair up with leggings to head into town to beach bumming. I also pack beach skirts and sarongs too.



 Whether a one piece is your thing or you prefer a two-piece always get something that flatters your body shape. I love the range on ASOS as they do a cool range for plus sizes and those a bigger bust and there is something for everyone one. Other places with a wide range include Nordstrom and Net-A-Porter.

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Beach and Summer Hats



Packing  Skincare | Beauty and Skin Care Perfect For Beach Holidays

Whether you are packing for a summer or winter vacation skincare has to be somewhere at the top of the list as a change of weather will be something that will affect the appearance of your skin. Whether you are a lover of Clinique, Olay,  Clarins, Dermalogi, Estee Lauder, Dior cosmentics, you need to consider packing suitable skincare for your vacation whether that is to cater to sunny weather or cold temperatures.

Packing List For Thailand
Men's Packing List For Thailand

Men’s Packing List For Thailand |  Summer Vacation Packing List

  • sun hat
  • Polo shirts and a couple of plain T-shirts
  • Lightweight Beach towel
  • Pairs of plain smart casual shorts
  • Pair of walking shoes
  • At least one or 2 smart shirts and trousers for evening enterainment requiring a bit more than beach clothes.
  • lightweight jersey sweatshirt for cold evenings
  • Pair of boxers and thin socks per day of trip
  • Pair of trainers or walking shoes.
  • Lightweight summer shoes / if necessary (sandals, flip-flops or espadrilles)
  • Pairs of multifunction swimshorts that can be worn in the gym
  • Pair of sports socks


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Men’s Skin Care Kit

A change in weather can play havoc on the skin for both men and women. There are plenty of cosmetic brands that now do amazing skincare products for men. It’s not just women that need to care for their skin, men too. So don’t forget to pack something to moisturise your skin as well as suncare.


Men’s Summer / Beach Hats


In addition to packing sunscreen, packing sun hats is just as important.


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 What To Pack For Thailand - Thailand Travel Guide & Essentials
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 What To Pack For Thailand - Thailand Travel Guide & Essentials
 What To Pack For Thailand - Thailand Travel Guide & Essentials

Thailand Packing List and Essentials

Thailand is amazing, with perfect beaches and relaxing environment that you will most likely spend most days in beachwear. If you forget to pack some items, you can easily find most of what you need in Thailand — especially Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket.


Now, get out there and have fun exploring the beaches, food, temples, and all the wonderful people that make Thailand such a wonderful destination to travel to!  Regardless of the time of year, when traveling to Thailand you should make sure you pack the following in addition to your usual travel essentials:


  • Bathing suits.
  • Beach Cover-ups.
  • Kindle (load up on favourite books)
  • Summer Sandals.
  • Sarong or quick dry towel.
  • Light Jacket.
  • Waterproof Mobile Case.
  • Bug spray.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Converter
  • Walking / Hiking shoes.
  • Dry sacs
  • A sweater or sweatshirt for chilly evenings.
  • Maxi and Midi Summer dresses

For anything that you forget to pack, you can always buy in Thailand as the country provides amazing shopping experiences in addition to the beautiful beaches and Thailand tours and activities. 

 What To Pack For Thailand - Thailand Travel Guide & Essentials
 What To Pack For Thailand - Thailand Travel Guide & Essentials

The Best Tours In Thailand


There are plenty of tours in all major cities and islands in Thailand. Whether you want to do a bike tour, island hopping, temple run, visit elephant sanctuary or any manner of adventure there is something for everyone. Check out Trip Advisor’s Viator Tours or Get Your Guide Tours to compare reviews and tours. Some of the best tours in Thailand are:





Phuket Beach Resorts

Where to Stay In Thailand?

Thailand has some of the most amazing resorts, villasapartments, hotels, and budget options like hostels. I have post about some of the places we stayed at in Thailand on the blog. Whether you are you are hunting for hotels and hostels in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, or Phuket, there is plenty in every budget from luxury to budget. Also check out Booking, Agoda and Trivago to read views and compare prices.



  1. September 23, 2016 / 5:37 am

    Can't even imagine such pristine beaches and all yours to enjoy… Wonderful pictures so inviting to book the next flight… Thanks for the tips on things to take to Thailand essentials and all. Its always hard to remember to pack all the basics.

    • October 25, 2018 / 12:26 pm

      It sure can be hard sometimes to figure out what to pack but glad you now have an idea of things to take to Thailand on holiday.

  2. Lina
    September 10, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    Been trying to figure out what to wear backpacking Thailand, I love all your posts but don’t know if I have enough room in my backpack for all your glamoured up looks. Beautiful pictures though, and thanks for the tips too on essential things to take to Thailand

    • October 25, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      You can still do a little light glam in a backpack. I have been known to do carry-on only and still pack an item of two that makes me feel a little glammed out without having to pack a huge suitable. All the best with getting your backpacking list for Thailand sorted.

  3. Maria - what kind of clothes to pack for thailand
    October 19, 2018 / 9:59 am

    Wow. So cool. Great tips on what clothes to bring to Thailand. I love Thailand because it’s so natural. Their food, scenes and even locals are all amazing. This beach is a must visit for me, and Phuket, let’s just say I like quiet places and enjoying the natural atmosphere.

    • October 25, 2018 / 12:27 pm

      It really is such an amazing place. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  4. Melody - what to pack for thailand in april
    December 14, 2018 / 8:39 am

    I am visiting Thailand in April and already a little overwhelmed with how and what to pack for Thailand in April. I will skim through your posts on Thailand. Certainly, appreciate all the effort you put into your blog Bee.

    • December 28, 2018 / 11:13 pm

      Always glad to help. Have an amazing time in Thailand. It’s such an amazing country.

  5. Caitlyn
    December 16, 2018 / 4:06 am

    I have an upcoming trip to Asia passing through Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and ending in Thailand. I love your stylish post. Hopefully, I can figure out how to pack for Thailand and still remain stylish.

    • December 28, 2018 / 11:11 pm

      Gutted we didn’t manage to visit Vietnam and Laos on our first round of trip in Asia. Maybe next time. Anyway, I hope you have a great time and the key to packing a stylish wardrobe is keeping things simple and accessorize.

  6. Shannon - what to pack for thailand female
    December 25, 2018 / 12:19 am

    My spouse and I stumbled over here from a different page and thought I might check things out. I like what I see so now I am following you. We are both planning a trip to Thailand and have been on the hunt for anything Thailand when we came across your blog. We are loving the guide on what to park for Thailand for females. Just need to find one for my husband on what to pack for Thailand for males.

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