Determining how to pack for Phuket should be the first step in preparing for your dream vacation to this breathtaking island. From the east coast of the United States, Phuket is easily halfway across the world. Unlike many of your other vacations, because of this distance, you’ll want to make sure you’re fully prepared for any and every scenario. Here are the items that I strongly recommend you snag or keep in mind as you pack for Phuket.
Before you begin to pack for Phuket, you need to make sure you are current with your routine vaccinations and have received the recommended ones. The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for traveling to Thailand.
- Hepatitis A and B,
- Tetanus, and
First, you should check with your primary care doctor to see if the office either carries these shots or can order them. If your primary care is unavailable or if you’ve waited till the last minute, check CVS Minute Clinic and your local Travel Clinic. Keep in mind, you may have to cover this 100% out of pocket as your insurance carrier may not cover “travel vaccinations”.
Phuket is nearly half way across the world from the east coast of America. You’d be hard pressed to find yourself sick or suffering from travelers diarrhea without the proper medication. Our stomachs are highly sensitive and generally react when we feed ourselves things we are not used to or food that is prepared in a different manner than we are used to. For example, you’ll often hear people who have given up meat speak of how their body reacts when they reintroduce it in their diets. The same could happen in any foreign country where food is prepared differently than what you are accustomed to. That being said, the food in Thailand is delicious! Which is exactly why you should take precautions.
- Prescription for travelers diarrhea
- Anti-gas pills
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- First aide kit
- Nausea medication
- Vitamin C
- Cold and Flu medicine
3.) BUG SPRAY
Thailand is known to have a lot of bugs… including mosquitos! I kept a few bottles of bug spray and also used a bracelet repellent that worked pretty well! The mosquito repellent bracelet is waterproof and will last for about 7 days. Since we had so many, I changed mine every two days. I slept with the bracelet and also showered in it. You can purchase it Amazon or Walmart.
4.) WATER SHOES
One of the major attractions in Phuket is James Bond Island. The island’s actual name is Phang Nga, but it is recognized for its small role in a James Bond Film. Check it out here! This tour is a series of Islands and caves. As you walk on shore, the surface can be very rocky and you won’t find sand as you typically would on a beach. Water shoes will protect your feet from the dangerous sharp rocks. Vendors will sell these shoes near the pier or beach zones for a relatively cheap price. You can also purchase domestically at retailers like Amazon or Walmart. You can check out James Bond Island on Vlog.
5.) RAIN GEAR
Just as Thailand is known for its bugs, it’s also known for having a pretty active rainy season. If you happen to travel during the rainy season, keep in mind rain gear and rain appropriate outfits/shoes as you pack for Phuket. I carried an umbrella and a poncho. It rained sporadically while we were there.
Luckily our Airbnb was equipped with USA compatible outlets. But just in cases yours isn’t, you should pack a universal outlet converter. These are sold generally everywhere, you can find them at Walmart, Amazon, and Target.
7.) Portable Charger
Excursions and tours in Thailand can be lengthy. To keep your devices always charged, bring a portable charger. I never take a trip without mine! In case you’re thinking you won’t need it because your phone will be on airplane mode, Thailand sells sim cards that you can use on your cellphone for texting, internet, and social media. You can also make calls, but you’ll need to add extra money on to make calls. These sim cards are about $10USD and good for 7 days. They can be purchased in the Airport. I used one and worked perfectly.
Beautiful pools and beautiful beaches, need I say more ?
9.) Warm Clothes and also a light jacket or sweater
To pack for Phuket you need to consider the extremely warm weather and the occasional chilly air. Bring your shorts, tanks, dresses, cardigans, etc.
Depending on where you’re going and what you’re doing, you’ll want to make sure you have on closed toe shoes. The streets/side-walks can be rough, dirty, and unpleasant for exposed feet. To pack for Phuket, you’ll want to bring some activewear sneakers but none that you really care about.
11.) American Cash
No one in Thailand will accept USA currency. You’ll need to bring your USD and convert to THB at the airport or in the city. Tip: it is slightly cheaper, meaning you’ll get a better rate, if you exchange in the city. Bring enough crash so you’re not using the ATM but do not exchange all of your money at once. The ATM charges additional fees. Also, you will lose when converting THB back to USD. Exchange your money on an as needed basis.
12.) Wash Cloths
Our Airbnb was equipped with towels that were changed daily but it did not include wash cloths. I’ve noticed that most counties do not provide wash cloths. If this is important to you, then you should purchase some cheap ones and bring enough for your entire stay when you pack for Phuket or anywhere.
Until our next adventure,
–Esquire in Love.