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So you’ve booked your flights and hotels for your next family vacation. You’ve received your travel vaccines and picked out the perfect bathing suits for the entire family! Your passports have been located and you’re up to date on all travel advisories. You are officially Thailand bound!
The only thing you have left to do is
panic pack for a week-long stay in a foreign country with your teeny tourists. If this is your first time in Southeast Asia, I understand the anxiety, especially if you’re the type that has to be prepared for every worst case scenario under the sun. The good news is you’re traveling to a beautiful country with a 7 Eleven on every corner, cheap laundry service, and malls that take up several city blocks.
BLOOPER: There is more good news – You’ve made your way to this page and this guide is full of useful tips and products to prepare you for your trip to the Land of Smiles!
Weather in Thailand
First and foremost, the weather is amazing in Thailand. It will consist of a tropical climate with an average temperature of 82°F and high humidity. Even though its warm year round, there are three distinct seasons: hot or “dry” season from March to May, the cool season from November to February, and the rainy or “wet” season from June to October, although, you may experience short rain showers at any time of the year.
Thai Dress Code and Customs
Thai people as a whole are very conscious of their appearance. The common theme here is modesty, but for the average adult and teenage tourist, you just want to make sure you’re presentable and respectful. Be mindful of the length of your shorts, bare shoulders, transparent materials, and exposed midriffs.
After all, the last thing you want to do while traveling abroad is offend those in the country that you’re traveling to. I believe that the best practice is to research the cultural standards and laws of where you plan to travel to. In the end, saying you “didn’t know”won’t suffice as an excuse. So let’s prepare for the worst case scenarios.
Kids don’t have to adhere to the same modest dress code in Thailand, but when packing for them, you want to keep a few things in mind: it’s always hot, there are a lot of mosquitoes and most public places have the a/c blasting on full.
I highly suggest opting for cool fabrics that breathe in the heat, while also keeping them protected from the elements, but be prepared for cold hotel lobbies and metro trains.
What to Wear to Thai Temples:
For adults visiting temples and other sacred structures, you’ll need to cover up completely. Both sexes will need cover their shoulders and knees. Ideally, you’d cover your ankles too, but I don’t think this is a strict one – however, if you decide to research further into the different locations and customs, I would love to learn more about your findings.
Because of the dress code for the temple we visited, I suggest packing longer shorts, capris, pants/trousers or a knee-length skirt. Any shirt that fully covers your shoulders is perfect.
Children, on the other hand, get to follow a more relaxed dress code. Kids can wear shorts and tanks when touring temples. Everyone takes their shoes off, so make sure walking shoes are comfy and easy to remove. Don’t forget to pack an i play.® Sun Protection Hat for added protection from the sun and heat.
What to wear in a Thai Beach Town:
This rule is a pretty simple and familiar one: “No shoes, no shirt, no service!” Beachwear stays on the beach! That also applies to little ones. Keep your family comfortable by covering up with cooler fabrics.
My advice to everyone is to purchase a pair of Crocs for tiny travelers. They make perfect beach and pool shoes, plus they slip right on and off. Sundresses for the gals and a button up linen shirt for the dudes (big and little) are great for the beach to street attire.
Everywhere in Between
The best fabrics for Thailand are linens, light cottons, anything moisture wicking, and rayon. For larger cities like Bangkok, you want to make sure you pack a few “nice” items for upscale shopping and dining. For smaller cities and villages, you can stick to t-shirts and sleeveless tops as well as shorts and skirts.
Other Thailand Travel Essentials
You don’t need to pack your entire closet for this trip, at all. In fact, less is more when you’re traveling in such a humid environemnt. Laundry services and markets selling clothing are everywhere in Thailand, so save space in your luggage and travel light!
Have you been to Thailand before? What did you pack for your budding explorers?