I just recently returned from a trip to Thailand. While I’ve got my packing routine pretty down pat, packing for Thailand requires a few things I don’t normally pack. I trade in heels for Havaianas and hair spray for bug spray. Here are 8 things to pack for Thailand:
1 Off Smooth and Dry Bug Spray, $5.48, Walmart
I’m an advocate for all-natural products too but in my experience, they don’t work. And I get eaten alive by mosquitoes. Seriously eaten alive. The bites swell and the itching is oftentimes unbearable. So, I pack my bug spray and use it sparingly. I’ve never needed it in Bangkok but up in Chiang Rai, the mosquitoes were out in full force.
2 Rina Scarf, $49.50, Banana Republic
A scarf is always a travel essential (starting with the always too chilly airplane) but it’s especially necessary in countries like Thailand where covering up as a show of respect is expected before entering temples.
3 Neutrogena Makeup Remover Towelettes, $5.97, Walmart
The hot season in Thailand runs from March through to June, with April and May being the hottest. In hot weather, it’s always good to have makeup wipes on hand to keep your skin feeling clean and refreshed. But more importantly, I like that these wipes help you clean your face quickly when time is limited (as it always seems to be when I’m traveling!)
4 M&Ms, $1.29, Walmart
I admit it: I have a sweet tooth and when I’m traveling in Asia, I find it hard to satisfy. I love mango and sticky rice for dessert as much as the next gal but it’s not exactly chocolate cake. My solution: I throw a bag of peanut M&Ms into my bag to get my chocolate fix when I need it.
5 After Bite Itch Eraser, $4.59, CVS
See Number 1. Mosquitoes love me. I hate mosquitoes. Alas, the mosquitoes win and I’m left to fight the itch. After Bite is an absolute essential.
6 Slim Pool Green Havaianas, $26, Havaianas.com
Flip flops are an essential in hot countries like Thailand and I love Havaianas. Cute, comfy and available in so many colours and patterns, you’ll wear these all over the place. Just be careful – they can be quite slippery in the rain.
7 Stripe Foldover Maxi Skirt, $29.99, Gap
Keeping cool is essential in the hot Thailand heat but so is covering up (again, mostly when visiting temples). A cotton maxi skirt like this does double duty: Keeping you cool and comfy on hot days while also keeping you covered without feeling like you’re melting.
8 Tresemme Dry Shampoo, $4.99, Target
Dry shampoo is my latest travel essential. When I’m traveling, I hate having to worry about my hair and when you’re on the go, dry shampoo can rescue you from many a bad hair day. At the very least, it can tide you over until you have time for a proper wash.
What are your essentials when traveling to Thailand?