If you think you need to pack 2 huge suitcases for a trip to Thailand, I can prove you wrong. Let me show you exactly what I packed for this vacation and how I managed to only bring a single carry on item.
I had 2 internal flight, one from Cluj-Napoca to Bucharest and one from Krabi to Bangkok, it was important to stick to the allowed carry on items. Also, with 3 stops between Bucharest and Krabi, what were the odds of not losing any luggage? And so I decided I have to fit all of my items in the small case. The cost of washing your clothes is really cheap in Thailand and most hotels are offering this service. Another thing that is really cheap there is the price of clothes so you will spend more money on paying for the suitcase than buying new stuff!
Since Thailand is always very hot, you don’t need to worry about taking any warm clothes, quite the opposite focus on brings hot weather clothing and careful with the fabrics. You don’t what to suffocate while wearing a spandex blouse! So go for 100% cotton t-shirts and pants and bring on the swimwear!
Before we get to the sand and sea there is still a long flight to go. If you are leaving like I did during wintertime, you will need warm clothes, also almost always in the airports the temperature is around 18-20 degrees Celsius, so don’t underestimate the cold and dress accordingly.
I went for a light jacket that gets put in a small bag and it’s really easy to store. My trusted boots since I spent quite some time on the plane and airports. Comfy jeans and a light sweater.
Most of the time you will be in swimwear, either you will be on the beach, sea or in the famous trips so bring at least 2 swimsuits. The humidity is really high so it will take some time to have them dried, even so, you will need the AC on to get that over the night. Another thing that you ABSOLUTELY need is a dressing gown to cover your shoulders, the sun is really powerful and even with sunscreen, you can get burned.
My decision was to bring 3 swimsuits, a pareo, a dressing gown, my trusted flip-flops and a small bag which fitted my wallet and phone.
I only bought 2 dresses with me and a nightgown. I don’t advise you to bring skirts or dresses since you will be climbing on boats a lot and these can be in your way. As for pajamas, you can forget about them, it is way too hot for them so you can choose to either sleep naked, in your panties or with a long t-shirt, mine was in between a long t-shirt and a gown. For footwear, I went for a pair of leather sandals that I know are comfy. Don’t forget your hat, sunscreen(SPF 50+), thermal water for refreshing and hydrating your skin, a body mist and a book!
In my suitcase, I also packed: 6 t-shirts 100% cotton, 3 pairs of long, light fabric pants, 2 pairs of shorts, denim and a cotton one and a small top to wear instead of a bra. To this, I added sunglasses, 15 pairs of panties, 1 bra and 4 pairs of socks.
In the end, we had 2 pieces of baggage, the blue one for me and the green one for my boyfriend and we were ready to fly. As a remark I would suggest to also pack a backpack instead of a troller for so many reasons: easy to carry, lighter, more space for your clothes and the most important: if you need to cross the forest to get to your accommodation if will be a lot easier if you will have your hands empty. 😀
As I passed 5 airports I saw a lot of people struggling with suitcases that could fit 2 adults along with huge purses and bags. A few years ago, I was just like them, carrying my whole house with me, in case I needed something. Today I like to travel as light as possible, in case I need something there will be a store from where to buy them, I can assure you. Last year I was happy that I could only bring my blue suitcase on a trip for 8 days, this year I made it with the same amount of clothes for 14 days. If there was an item that I regret not bringing it was my Kindle, since I spent a lot of time on planes and airports, but even so I bought a lot of magazines and had time to dream.