Packing list for Thailand

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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Thailand]] and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage. Although you can get almost everything you need in Thailand, underwear, clothes and shoes in larger sizes may be hard to find here.  
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Thailand]] and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage. Although you can get almost everything you need in Thailand, underwear, clothes and shoes in larger sizes may be hard to find here.  
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One strategy is to pack a box or two with items you probably will not need until after training and arrange for someone to send the boxes to you by surface mail once you get to your site.  
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One strategy is to pack a box or two with items you probably will not need until after training and arrange for someone to send the boxes to you by once you get to your site. USPS no longer has surface shipping (slow and cheap) so shipping a box will cost about $45-60 (USPS flat rate boxes, 0-20 lbs.).
Riap roiy (appropriate and complete) professional dress for men consists of nondenim pants such as chinos or Dockers, collared shirts (long- or short-sleeved button-down shirts or polo shirts) in conservative colors and patterns, and casual dress shoes. Professional dress for women consists of nice pants, knee-length or longer dresses or skirts and blouses. A slip or camisole should be worn under sheer material, and blouses should have sleeves and modest necklines. If a dress is not form-fitting, people may ask you if you are pregnant, so wearing a belt is recommended. Revealing one’s upper thighs, stomach, shoulders, and cleavage is generally frowned upon, even outside a work setting. All clothing should be clean and neatly pressed. Note that all-black outfits are generally worn only while in mourning.  
Riap roiy (appropriate and complete) professional dress for men consists of nondenim pants such as chinos or Dockers, collared shirts (long- or short-sleeved button-down shirts or polo shirts) in conservative colors and patterns, and casual dress shoes. Professional dress for women consists of nice pants, knee-length or longer dresses or skirts and blouses. A slip or camisole should be worn under sheer material, and blouses should have sleeves and modest necklines. If a dress is not form-fitting, people may ask you if you are pregnant, so wearing a belt is recommended. Revealing one’s upper thighs, stomach, shoulders, and cleavage is generally frowned upon, even outside a work setting. All clothing should be clean and neatly pressed. Note that all-black outfits are generally worn only while in mourning.  
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* One medium weight jacket
* One medium weight jacket
* One windbreaker or light raincoat  (Thais use an umbrella for rain)
* One windbreaker or light raincoat  (Thais use an umbrella for rain)
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* Three to five pairs of socks  
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* Three to five pairs of socks
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* One or two belts
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* Athletic clothes—if you work out  
* Athletic clothes—if you work out  
* Baseball cap or other hat
* Baseball cap or other hat
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* Four or five work outfits (see description above)
* Four or five work outfits (see description above)
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* One or two dress belts
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* Two to three dress belts
* Four or five casual shirts (tee or polo)
* Four or five casual shirts (tee or polo)
* Four or five casual pants, capris, or long shorts
* Four or five casual pants, capris, or long shorts
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* Bathing suit (a one-piece is best)  
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* Bathing suit (a one-piece or tankini is best)  
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* Lots of underwear in breathable fabrics. If you wear a bra with larger cup size consider bringing extras.
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* Ample underwear in breathable fabrics. If you wear a bra with larger cup size (C to D+) consider bringing extras.
===For Men ===
===For Men ===
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* Two or three pairs of knee-length shorts  
* Two or three pairs of knee-length shorts  
* One or two neckties  
* One or two neckties  
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* One or two belts (one dress)
* Underwear (cotton is recommended)  
* Underwear (cotton is recommended)  
* Bathing trunks (Speedo-style swimsuits are not recommended)
* Bathing trunks (Speedo-style swimsuits are not recommended)
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
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* Contact lens supplies (these are available in big cities)  
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* Contact lens supplies (these are available in larger cities)  
* Solid deodorant (only roll-on is available here)  
* Solid deodorant (only roll-on is available here)  
* Cosmetics (they are expensive here)  
* Cosmetics (they are expensive here)  

Revision as of 04:43, 23 August 2011


Packing List for Thailand
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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Thailand based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list!
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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Thailand and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage. Although you can get almost everything you need in Thailand, underwear, clothes and shoes in larger sizes may be hard to find here.

One strategy is to pack a box or two with items you probably will not need until after training and arrange for someone to send the boxes to you by once you get to your site. USPS no longer has surface shipping (slow and cheap) so shipping a box will cost about $45-60 (USPS flat rate boxes, 0-20 lbs.).

Riap roiy (appropriate and complete) professional dress for men consists of nondenim pants such as chinos or Dockers, collared shirts (long- or short-sleeved button-down shirts or polo shirts) in conservative colors and patterns, and casual dress shoes. Professional dress for women consists of nice pants, knee-length or longer dresses or skirts and blouses. A slip or camisole should be worn under sheer material, and blouses should have sleeves and modest necklines. If a dress is not form-fitting, people may ask you if you are pregnant, so wearing a belt is recommended. Revealing one’s upper thighs, stomach, shoulders, and cleavage is generally frowned upon, even outside a work setting. All clothing should be clean and neatly pressed. Note that all-black outfits are generally worn only while in mourning.

For both men and women, T-shirts and jeans are fine to wear after hours, and shorts (preferably ones that reach the knee) are fine to wear when working out. Thais do not generally wear shorts in public except in very relaxed situations. Tank tops are not recommended for women. When you are in your own home, however, what you wear is up to you. For a current discussion about packing and volunteer life in Thailand visit the Peace Corps Thailand Group 124 Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/144164488997096?ap=1

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