THAILAND. We’ve all seen the photos. We’ve all read some blogs. We’ve all dreamed of going. So you finally decided, FUCK IT, I’M GOING TO PHUKET. Yes I’m proud of that, no I don’t regret it. Anyway… you’ve begun or have planned your trip and are starting to plan what you’ll bring. Perfect, you’re in the right place. Because you need to add these five items to your Thailand packing list FOR SURE.
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Must-Have Items for Your Thailand Packing List
So, you’re going to Phuket. What do you need? Here’s what I learned are absolute necessities for going to Thailand:
1 – Proper Shoes
Sandals FOR SURE because don’t go to Thailand without going to the beaches because that’s basically sac-religious. But also grab a pair of comfy walking shoes (Adidas Stan Smiths are my forever favorite) if you plan on doing tours or exploring. Which you absolutely should; read about my time at the Phuket temples for more encouragement!
2 – Scarf
If you’re going to visit any temples your shoulders and chest need to be covered up, but packing bulky clothes for that might be too much if you’re a light traveler. The perfect solution for this is to bring a large scarf! You can wrap it around your upper body and you’re golden, no matter what you wear. As you can see, I am wearing an off-the-shoulder dress, but with my scarf I’m respecting Thai culture and dressed appropriately.
3 – Multiple Swimsuits
You should be in the water every day so bring yourself a couple suits so you’re not stuck in that weird half wet/half dry-suit-in-public-transit situation. You can find some of my favorites on my beach list in my Amazon storefront!
4 – Reusable bag
Get yourself a bag you can use for your belongings on the beach and can also take to the markets and hold all of your new goodies. I personally like buying beach bags from the places I visit because I think it’s a fun souvenir, but you can always bring your own!
5 – Water Bottle
This really just applies to any traveling anymore, but bring your own water bottle so you don’t have to buy it at other locations and buy more plastic (we’re all trying to be more eco-friendly after all, aren’t we?). I don’t go on any trips without it, so you know my Thailand packing list is incomplete without my hydro flask.
Now, GET TO PACKING and have a BLAST! Cheers!