Southeast Asia Packing List
This Southeast Asia packing list is for solo female travelers heading to the land of sunshine, smiles, elephants, and monsoons. This packing list is geared towards carry-on only travelers. If you’re checking a bag then you can, of course, pack more and you won’t need to worry about travel-sized liquids.
If you’re still planning out where you want to go and what you want to do while you’re in Southeast Asia then check out the Solo Travel Southeast Asia Itinerary next!
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Here’s What To Pack In Your Carry-on:
For Southeast Asia, you’re going to want clothes that are more on the modest side especially if you’ll be visiting temples. Many temples in Thailand enforce a dress code to the point where you may have to rent clothes to wear on the grounds if your outfit is deemed inappropriate.
Breathable Comfy Pants x 2
PJs x 1
Long Breathable Skirt x 1
Tops (Cotton, Silk, Jersey) with Sleeves x 5
Dress x 2
Underwear x 7
Bras x 4
Socks x 7
Flip-flops (For the shower)
Pair of Flats
Packable UV Hat x 1
**Note: This does not include the clothes you wear on the plane. Wear your heaviest clothes like jackets, boots, etc when you board. Don’t be afraid to layer!**
Travel-sized Shampoo & Conditioner
Travel-sized Body Wash
Small Bottle of Perfume
**Note: Any other toiletries you need can be bought at your destination. Unless you have specific products you use then put those in a travel-sized container.**
Travel Umbrella (For Monsoon Season)
Waterproof Shoe Covers (For Monsoon Season)
Small Pack of Tissues
Pack of Wipes
Small Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
Here’s What To Pack In Your Personal Item:
Motion Sick Pills (if needed)
Collapsible Water Bottle
*Note: The best thing I ever did for my hair was to buy a satin pillowcase and satin-lined beret. The friction caused by our hair rubbing against those cheap fabrics they insist on putting on airline seats and hostel pillows does a lot of damage that results in breakage and dryness. Now I just tuck my hair into my beret when I’m flying and I use my own pillowcase in hostels, hotels, everywhere. See my Resources page for more of the specific items I travel with!
I hope you love Southeast Asia as much as I did and that this packing list sees you with everything you need to make the most of your time. Have fun out there and stay safe!