Well, over a year has passed and I’ve STILL been meaning to write about what to pack if you’re going to the Thai islands. You can easily do laundry as you go so whether it’s for 2 weeks or 4, this should work well.

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First, you need to know what bag to take. A carry-on is perfect for the islands and I just love traveling carry-on only. I recommend taking a 48L backpack. It’s small enough to go as a carry-on but can be expanded greatly if you want to shop while you’re there and check it on the way back. I would NOT take a rolling bag since you have to jump around via ferry. I used a REI Traverse 48L Backpack.

If you’re curious how to dress on the Thai islands, it might not be what you’re thinking. Coming from Goa (a non-conservative place in a conservative country) I had an idea of what girls would be wearing and packed really well. Basically, pretend like you’re going to LA and pack that- you’ll be fine. But leave the baggy tourist pants behind!

koh phi phi travel tips

koh phi phi travel tips

koh phi phi travel tips, packing for thailandI packed the same way I do for a weekend getaway in Goa.

  • Sarong
  • 2 maxi dresses, 1 maxi Skirt

  • Jean shorts

  • Kimono/jacket
  • 2 pair yoga pants
  • 1 sports bra
  • 5 tank tops, 3 cute crop tops for going out

  • 1 club like dress, or just a little black dress

  • t-shirt to sleep
  • 1 pair of flip flops & 1 pair of sturdy hiking sandals (I prefer Chaco’s)

  • 4 bikinis

  • Undies & a bra

You be surprised how often you are just in your bikini and sarong- meaning you don’t need a day outfit. Shopping in Thailand is huge and there are cute crochet tops and t-shirts to buy so whatever you do, don’t over pack.

koh samui island thailand, packing for thailandKo Samui

maya bay the beach, packing for thailandmaya bay

You’ll need some other misc things like a small medical kit, travel size toiletries (pack a lot because they are expensive on the islands), comb, wet wipes, sunscreen, tanning oil if you like, sunglasses, and maybe a couple bracelets but you can buy jewelry as great souvenirs. I also take my Fossil Heather Watch everywhere I go.

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For makeup, it’s hot so keep it as simple as you can. Don’t forget to take OPI nail polish. They shops will charge you almost double to use a good polish, and without doing that, the manicure will be ruined without two days.

My makeup list, most of which I have in sample sizes and large sizes.

You’ll want a Kindle, your phone, chargers, adapter for the plugs, headphones, ATM cards and passport!

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