When you travel to Bangkok, make sure you have everything you need for the plane ride, travel, and weather.
This post will help you put together a solid list of things you must have.
Passports and Visas
Passports and Thailand visas should be the first thing you pack for your trip to Bangkok.
Everyone needs a passport to travel to Bangkok, but not everyone needs a visa.
Your passport can’t have an expiration date within six months of your trip. Many people can enter Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa.
You probably have your airline tickets in email form. But to make things easier at the airport, print them out and keep them with you on your carry-on bag.
If your phone dies, at least you’ll have a paper copy. If you don’t have tickets yet, you can use Skyscanner.net to check for prices.
Printout your hotel reservations as well. You don’t want to get to Bangkok with a dead phone and have no access to your booking information.
If you plan on traveling around Bangkok, get the following passes and cards so you don’t have to wait around in long lines.
Airport Rail Link Ticket
The Airport Rail Link Ticket from Klook.com lets you travel from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the BTS or MRT in Bangkok without waiting in long lines.
You can get a Rabbit Card from Klook.com and pick it up at the airport when you get to Bangkok. The Rabbit Card lets you travel around Bangkok on the BTS for cheaper than if you paid trip by trip.
Travel insurance for Bangkok is a must-have. Not that there’s a 100% chance that you’ll use it. But having it will definitely bring you peace of mind for a small percentage of your overall trip cost.
Credit Cards and ATMs
Before you leave your home country to fly to Bangkok, let your credit card companies and banks know that you’ll be traveling.
The last thing you want is to use your credit card or ATM card in Bangkok and your bank deactivates your card for suspected fraud.
Wifi and SIM Cards
These days, paper maps just don’t cut it anymore. When you travel in Bangkok you’re going to need access to up-to-date digital maps that show you where to eat, where to visit, and more.
In this case, get yourself a Thai SIM card. You can order one from Klook.com and pick it up when you get to the airport. Or you can order one from Amazon.com and have it sent to your house before you leave.
Whether it’s your passport, visa, airline tickets, hotel reservations, or any other item, if you can copy it—copy it.
You never know when you’re phone or tablet is going to die and you’ll need your flight or hotel info.
You should also make copies of the fronts and backs of your credit cards and ATM cards. If you lose them, you’ll still have access to the important info.
Aside from paper copies, take photos with your phone of all the aforementioned items. Email them to yourself as well or save them in a cloud storing app.
They might seem outdated, but having a paper map of Bangkok is always handy. I say this a lot, but it’s better to be prepared than not.
If your phone or tablet dies, you’ll need a paper map on hand to get you where you need to go. Periplus Bangkok has a practical map of Bangkok on Amazon.
Luggage for Bangkok
Despite being an international city, sometimes it’s challenging getting around Bangkok with luggage.
Not all BTS stations have elevators, for example, so if you’re carrying an over-the-shoulder duffel bag, you’ll have to lug it up and down the stairs or hold it while traveling on the escalator.
To make traveling easier, get yourself a quality backpack or luggage with roller wheels.
TSA approved luggage locks keep what’s in your bag safe and secure, while allowing TSA agents to check your bags if needed.
How to Pack for Weather in Bangkok
Bangkok has three seasons: hot, rainy, and cool. Although in Bangkok we just say, hot, hotter, and really hot.
If You’re Traveling Between March and June
The hot season in Bangkok lasts from March to June. Temperatures could reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).
If you come in the hot season, most of what you pack will be shorts and t-shirts. But bring one pair of long pants and a polo shirt.
If You’re Traveling Between July and October
The rainy season in Bangkok generally runs from July to October. If you come during the rainy season, Thailand will still be hot. Not as hot as March to June. But you’ll still want to bring mostly shorts and t-shirts.
If you plan on being out and about, pack a light rain jacket and rain pants.
If You’re Traveling Between November and February
The cool season in Bangkok runs from November to February. This is the most comfortable time of the year to visit Bangkok. You can walk around and not have to worry about sweating too much.
The mornings will be cool. So pack long pants and light jacket. During the day when temperatures rise you can peel off the layers. At night, prepare for cooler temperatures.
If you run out, you can get most shampoos, soaps, and toothpastes in Bangkok. But some of the things on the list below you have to bring with you because you’ll have a hard time finding them in Bangkok.
Quality deodorant is hard to find in Bangkok, even at the Western supermarkets. You can find deodorant in Bangkok, but it’s the equivalent of Axe Body Spray. More of a cologne than an antiperspirant. Bring a stick of deodorant with you.
Bangkok is known for its street food. But you may find that the change in diet upsets your stomach. It’s good to have some Pepto Bismol or charcoal pills.
You could get Mach 3 razors or similar in Bangkok, but they’ll cost you a lot more. Stock up on what you need for the length of your trip before you come here. And don’t forget to bring your shaving cream.
Travel First Aid Kit
It’s always good to prepare a small travel first aid kit when traveling to Bangkok. You probably won’t use it. But if you pick up a cut or scratch at least you’ll be prepared.
In my Bangkok first aid kit I have: bandaids, medical tape, electrolyte packs, N95 masks, scissors, gauze, and some other random stuff.
Pads, tampons, and other feminine products are available throughout Bangkok at 7–11s, Family Marts, and more.
Electronics for Bangkok
Most of the electronics you use in your home country you can use in Bangkok. You won’t need any special chargers. You can use the chargers that came with your phone, tablet, laptop, or camera.
But you may need an adapter for the electrical outlets. Most modern electrical outlets in Bangkok are your standard three-prong plugs. But you may come across some two-prong plugs. So get a three- to two-prong plug adapter.
You can use your phone in Bangkok on any of the free wifi hot spots. Or you can order a tourist SIM card from Klook.com before you come to Bangkok and then pick it up at the airport when you arrive.
Kindles and other eReaders are a great companion for traveling. You can store many books on one single device and the battery life on most eReaders lasts a long time.
When traveling around Bangkok, you’re most likely going to be away from the hotel all day long. This means if your phone or tablet or Kindle runs out of battery, you won’t have anywhere to charge it.
You can avoid this by picking up a power bank. A power bank is small enough to fit in your pocket and will let you charge your electronics while you’re out and about.
You’ll want to capture all the best moments in Bangkok on a DSLR or compact camera. Your phone just won’t do in certain situations. I use an Olympus OMD Mark III.
If you take photos of your Bangkok trip, you should bring your laptop with you so you can edit them. You may need to catch up on email as well or write about your trip.
You can get travel insurance for individual electronics through World Nomads. If you have travel insurance through World Nomads, you can get electronics insurance as an add-on.
On the Plane
Most travelers assume their trips begin once they get to Bangkok. But the truth is, your trip begins when you get to the airport in your home country. Taking a long-haul flight to Bangkok will be more comfortable if you prepare.
Noise Canceling Headphones
Airports are noisy. Planes are noisy. Especially if you sit near the engines or the rear of the plane. If you’re going to watch movies or listen to music or audio books, invest in a quality set of noise-canceling headphones.
Kindles can be an absolute lifesaver in Thailand. It’s hard to find English books in Bangkok.
A few bookstores do exist throughout the city. But it’s best to load up on books before you come to Bangkok. And the easiest way to do that is to get a Kindle. Here’s a list of Thailand-related books for Kindle.
Audio books are another productive way to use downtime at airports, on airplanes, or when traveling. Audible is a great place to get audio books directly on your phone. Here’s a list of Thailand related audio books on Audible.
Unless you want to live off airplane snacks like cup o’ noodles, I suggest packing some healthy snacks to hold you over during flights and traveling.
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