Planning a trip to Thailand for the first time inspires many questions about transportation, lodgings, dress code and local currency. To ensure you’re fully prepared and ready to enjoy everything the Land of Smiles has to offer, make sure to include these five essential things on your Thailand packing list.
1. Yellow Fever and Japanese Encephalitis Vaccinations and Certification.
Among the excitement and eagerness for your trip to Thailand, make sure you don’t forget to schedule an appointment at your local travel clinic to get vaccinated for Yellow Fever and Japanese Encephalitis. Thailand requires Yellow Fever vaccination for any traveler that is coming from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever transmission, including airport layovers, and the CDC recommends that all travelers get immunized for Japanese Encephalitis.
2. Beach Gear.
Even if your itinerary currently suggests exclusive exploration of Bangkok and neighboring cities, it’s probable that you’ll find yourself being drawn to Thailand’s white sand beaches and crystal blue water. Swimsuits, cover-ups, hats, high-SPF sunscreen and sunglasses will help you make the most of your time on these beautiful beaches.
Forget the dress shoes and heels, and make sure your suitcase is properly equipped with a few pairs of sandals. Flip flops are a staple of local dress, and are easy to slip on and off when entering homes or temples. Bring a nicer pair of sandals for dining out, and a pair of gym or running shoes if you plan on exploring.
4. Appropriate, Light-Weight Clothing.
Although Thailand is known for its laid back beach atmosphere, it’s important to be well put-together when exploring towns and cities. Covered shoulders and knees are typical standards of dress for Thai locals and suggest respect for the culture. Make sure to pack fabrics that are light-weight, wrinkle-resistant and free from holes and stains.
5. A Sense of Adventure.
There’s nothing quite like the scenery, culture, cuisine and sandy beaches of Thailand. It’s always smart to have a Thailand travel itinerary in place, but make sure you allow time to dive in to the local culture and get acquainted with your beautiful surroundings.
6. Cover ups.
In order to visit many of the Buddhist temples and landmarks you will need to be dressed appropriately. Although it is hot in Thailand, your tank-top will not suffice for entry into one of these establishments. Bring a light shawl or sleeved shirt. Otherwise, you won’t be seeing Wat Pho, known for its Reclining Buddha.