My "Minimalist" Packing List for Thailand in May
It's been almost a full year since my spontaneous trip to Thailand and I haven't written anything about it yet. Shameful!
May in Thailand is the end of peak season, right at the beginning of the rainy season, and so some great deals on flights and accommodations are to be had and the crowds are low. Last January I was skimming the Skyscanner app (as my dreaming self does) and I came across an unbelievably cheap round trip ticket. So cheap that I couldn't say no!
I had to go ask my mom if it was crazy to just suddenly book an international trip only two days after the school year ended--usually a vacation this far away seems like it should be planned for and saved for and deeply contemplated--but I just couldn't turn away. So off I went!
My trip took me from Phuket (layover) to Bangkok (eating and exploring) to Koh Tao (scuba diving) to Koh Phangan (island life) and back to Phuket (elephants and island life). The perfect trip that I kinda made up as I went along!
I remembered how hot China was when I had to lug around just a small 45L backpacking pack and so I decided to somehow force my overpacking, what-if-this-happens self to fit everything I'd need for two weeks away in one small Jansport backpack. It was rough, but I did it and didn't even use everything I packed! I also didn't leave any room for shopping which turned out to be a big mistake as I bought a whole lotta fun stuff, but somehow it all worked out and I amazed myself and everyone that knows my pack-rat/hoarder tendencies with how little I actually needed to have a truly fantastic trip. I wish I had even packed less!
This was my first international vacation leaving from the U.S. and my first international trip where the writing and language would be completely foreign to me so I truly had no idea what to expect. I packed the night before because procrastination has found its purest form in me (don't be me) and without further ado this is what I packed for two weeks in Thailand and one long layover day in China:
Long skirt x1 (only used on plane)
Tank tops x2
Loose, 3/4 sleeve, cold-shoulder top x1 (LOVE)
Sports bra x2
Underwear x9 (too many, did laundry twice)
Teva sandals x1 (didn't really use)
Toms (slip-on) x1
Sarong x1 (for temples)
Dress x1 (left behind, never wore)
Light jacket/cardigan thing x1 (for temples, LOVE--see picture of me above)
Flip flops x1 (used a lot)
Sunblock (1 regular, 1 face)
Mini toothpaste x2 (one too many)
Wet wipes (used upon arrival in airport only)
Makeup remover wipes
Face moisturizer (too humid to need)
Solid deodorant bar
Small hand sanitizer (didn't use)
Mini body spray
Big hair clip
Hair straightener (used twice for baby hair around face, not worth it)
-Powder foundation (didn't use)
-Coverup stick (didn't use)
-Lipstick (didn't use)
-Eye liner (didn't use)
-First aid kit (used a lot! lol)
Hair oil (fantastic to repair my hair after so much sun, humidity, and ocean)
Bar soap x3 (for use at home, loved these)
Shampoo/Conditioner (small from 7-11)
iPhone 6 + charger
Lifeproof phone case+screen wipe
Nook +charger (used a lot)
Selfie stick (barely used)
External battery charger (very needed)
Universal plug adapter (never used)
Headphones (broke, bought more cheap)
Passport + Driver's License
Envelope w/ extra cash
Hand fan (LOVE)
Reusable bags x2 (SO handy)
Combination lock (didn't use)
Umbrella (didn't use)
Cross-body cloth purse
Drawstring bag for shoes
Packing cube x1
Turkish towel (used mostly as beach towel)
Presents for friends and family
And that's it! It's a lot, I know it's still a lot, but it fit in a small space, didn't break my back, and I learned a lot of lessons I can take with me for future packing endeavors (like moving to Zambia for two years this August).
If you have any questions please feel free to comment down below, check out my social media, or email me from my About page. I can't wait to go back to Thailand someday and wish you a most wonderful, beautiful, and lightweight trip!