Thailand Packing List: Islands, Beaches, and Buckets

Thailand Packing List: Islands, Beaches, and Buckets


While Mexico is a massive vacation destination for North Americans, Thailand is a travel must for Europeans on holiday. Thousands of travelers head to the Thailand Islands in search of sun, fun, and relaxation. With dozens of tropical islands and epic limestone cliffs overlooking the aquamarine waters; you will not be disappointed. Use this Thailand packing list to prepare for your beach trip!


Thailand Packing List


Whether you want to island hop the well trotted Samui islands in the Gulf, party in Phi Phi, or chill out in beautiful Railay; planning your Thailand packing list is relatively simple. With a temperate climate, you can fit your belongings quite easily in a carry on suitcase or travel bag. It generally stays hot in the evenings but you can layer if it gets cooler.

If you’re heading to South East Asia this holiday season, Travel Fashion Girl shows you how to pack for a 2 week beach holiday in Thailand:

10 Piece Thailand Packing List

5 Tops + 3 Bottoms + 2 Dresses


 1. Striped Cotton Tank 2. Linen T-Shirt 3. Sleeveless Blouse 4. High-Neck Tank Top 5. Off-the-shoulder Dress 6. V-neck Playsuit 7. Denim Shorts 8.  Jersey Pants Loose Fit 9. Cashmere Poncho 10. Sleeveless Jacket Vest 11. Chiffon Blouse 12. Maxi Skirt 13. Gladiator Sandals 14. Thong Sandal 15. Panama Hat 16. Tote Bag


5 Tops



Add a basic tank and tee plus two additional tops you can dress up with shorts or your maxi skirt. Pack a light ¾ sleeve or long sleeve top that gives you extra coverage in temples or smaller villages.

A great option is a top that you can also wear on the beach when you want to have a break from the sun. Play with your travel outfits to make sure your tops are interchangeable with the rest of your travel wardrobe.

A fun idea: choose a scarf with a great print and work your color story around that! You can use it to add coverage when visiting temples or small villages.

These are my favorite travel accessories for chilled out SEA style.


1 Pair of Shorts



Denim shorts are a staple in a Thailand Packing List. If you don’t pack your own you can buy them here starting at $3. They’re easy to wear and can usually be worn several days without needing a washing. Not a denim kinda gal? Choose a neutral color that you’re okay taking to the beach.

Check out TFG’s DIY tutorial to create your own denim shorts for women.


1 Maxi Skirt



A nice maxi skirt in a light fabric keeps you cool and can be worn in different settings if you choose to venture further into the inland of the Thailand. You can usually find cute maxi skirts available in the tourist shops and markets for $5-$10.

Alternatively, use a light and airy maxi dress or trousers.


1 Sun Dress



Nothing better than to slip into an easy lightweight sun dress for a day out. Pair with flip flops such as these iPanema sandals during the day for a casual look and add sandals at night to take it up a notch. Add a scarf for style and extra coverage in the mainland. Respecting the local culture should always be priority when traveling.

This is a must for any Thailand packing list!


1 Dress/Playsuit



This dress can be a basic cotton LBD you can dress up or down or a sexy number you picked out especially for your holiday. You can also go with something fun and classic like a black playsuit that can be worn anywhere.

You want something you feel comfortable wearing out to dinner and on the dance floor. However, unless you’re planning to attend a very formal event or upscale dinner, you’ll also be good to go with a pair of shorts or sun dress – just add some nice sandals and accessories and you’ll have a dressier look in seconds!

Want more travel dress ideas? Check out TFG’s Top 5 Convertible Travel Dresses.

1 Pants



You should have a pair of light weight pants or even a playsuit during your time in Thailand if you’ll be in Bangkok or in other mainland towns. While many backpackers wear shorts everywhere, it’s good to be mindful of the local culture.

Locals make exceptions for tourists, but being respectful is important. Grab a pair of casual or fisherman’s pants in any tourist shop or market if you want light, airy, and comfy pants that will keep you cool in the high humidity.

If you want something you can also use for activities such as jungle trekking, check out my favorite travel pants for women.


2 Pairs of Shoes



A pair of dressier sandals is a must in most packing lists especially by the beach where heels aren’t always the most convenient for some bars and restaurants. Skip the heels unless you have plans that require formal attire. A must in every travel bag, these are essential if you’re hitting the beach. If you’re an ultra-light packer and only want one pair of shoes, splurge on a hybrid pair that you can dress up or down.

In addition to flip flop type sandals, you’ll also want a pair of walking sandals. The Birkenstock Gizeh are popular with fashionistas and Teva Sandals are the top choice for active women.

Read this for more ideas on how to choose travel shoes.

Thailand Packing List Travel Outfit Ideas




Pants/Maxi Skirt + Top + Long Sleeve Top + Scarf + Sandals


Shorts + Top + Flip Flops


Pants/Maxi Skirt + Top + Long Sleeve Top + Flip Flops

Maxi Dress + Scarf + Flip Flops


Maxi Skirt + Top + Sandals


Dress + Sandals


If you don’t think 10 pieces of clothing is enough for you Thailand packing list, don’t worry; you can have your clothing washed for about $2 or save space to go on a shopping frenzy in this shopping mecca.

Remember to cater your packing choices to what fits your needs. If you plan on exploring temples and working out, add a pair of trainers. If you don’t plan to leave the beach, add a bathing suit and a kaftan in place of a dress. For more travel tips on packing for South East Asia, check out the Dos and Donts of Womens Travel Clothing in South East Asia.

What are the essentials in your Thailand Packing List?

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  1. I am going to Thailand this October and your post was really helpful on what I should be packing. I know it will be hot and humid, do you have a type of fabric that you recommend over another? We will be visiting Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Koh Lanta.

    • Hi Kim :) This sounds like an awesome trip! Have a look at this post on fabrics for some more ideas

  2. Love your blog! Thanks for sharing your packing list and great tips!

  3. hiya. great tips thankyou – and adding the photos of your wardrobe idea is genius. Im not a fashionista at the best of times but I am finding the more I travel the better I get. What I cannot get right is the airport stuff! Please help.
    I want to take trainers (I have to travel far to the airport in british wintertime so just sandals wont do) and also I might want them for excursions. Then I cannot find a pair of trousers to go with them which would be comfortable for 16 hours travelling but also look nice with my running trainers!! I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Hi Heather! Glad you like this post :-)

      Try the “Easy Comfort” look from this post: and replace the boots for trainers. If you’re headed to Thailand you can take leggings on the plane worn under a tunic top or a dress and also wear them in the North of Thailand where the temperature might be cooler. If you’re not heading north, what trousers are you planning to take?

      It seems that everyone’s wearing running trainers nowadays so if you don’t like leggings how about stretch jeans or jogger style trousers like these:

  4. What do you use for a purse/day bag ?

  5. Great list!! Would you mind letting me know where the peach/pink shirt, denim shorts, and off-white short dress from? Thanks!

    • Hi Sally! here’s you list:

      Pink top:
      Denim shorts: found them on Pinterest but I’ve also seen them in several places like H&M, She Inside, and Amazon
      The lace dress:
      The white tank top:

      It’s an old post so most items are sold out by now :-(

      Thanks for reading!

  6. This is a GREAT packing list! All the other lists I found were missing an essential item — fashion! I want to be comfy but still look good on my trip! Thanks for these great ideas! I plan on packing light and picking up a few of these items when I arrive in Vietnam.

    • Thanks Alexis! I’m happy to help :-)

  7. So glad I found your blog. I googled fashion travelling and brought me right to you. I see that you wrote this post about a year ago, and noticed on your home page that you’re back in Thailand! How exciting. I’m going in about a month and was wondering if you had any updates since this post?

    • That’s great! glad you found it :-) check out this packing list for more details:

      only update is to bring lightweight clothing that you can use to cover up from the mosquitos as this year has been high with Dengue Fever cases

      I love Thailand – I always come back here, it’s like my second home. hope you like it as much as i do!

  8. Hi, this website is amazing I love it!!!
    Can you please tell me where the maxi skirt is from? I’m heading to SEA for 4 weeks, this would be perfect! Thank you

    • Hi Elise, I think it’s sold out now but it was Red Dip Back Maxi Skirt from Topshop. Sorry

  9. Hi, would you mind sending me the link for where you found the sightseeing dress? Thanks!

  10. Thanks for this list!! I’m off to Thailand for two weeks in January and this is a god send to me. Can you please please tell me where the black playsuit, long necklace, brown trousers and brown bag are from??


    :) x x x

    • Hi Sarah! Glad you found this helpful. I just left Thailand and absolutely love the country! There is sooo much shopping go with an almost empty suitcase :-)

      Trousers: (sold out sorry!)





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