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A Packing List - A Guide on What to Bring on your Teach & Travel Abroad Experience in Thailand

Updated: Mar 14, 2020

Important Items

  • Printed Copies of your documents (Passport, License, Visa, degree, transcripts, extra passport photos, resume, and criminal background check.

  • Tell your debit and credit card bank you’ll be in Thailand and get approved for purchasing goods there

  • Cash to exchange on arrival- $600ish

  • Daily medication (call your insurance companies to get travel approval and get medication in advance)

  • Unlock your phone before you go by calling your phone provider. This is needed to insert a Thai SIM card when you arrive.

Teaching Attire: Ask your agency! Every school is different

**SpeakEZ agency (Contact J2)

Typical Women working Clothes.

  • 2-3 longer skirts that cover the knee

  • 2-3 blouses that cover the shoulders and chest

  • 1-2 dresses that cover the knees, shoulders, and chest

  • Closed toe shoes

Typical Men Working Clothes

  • 2-3 dress shirts

  • 3-4 pairs of dress pants/trousers

  • 1-2 ties

  • 5-7 dress socks

  • 1 pair of shoes (1 black)

You’ll be in these clothes a lot. Buy comfortable work clothes before you arrive.

Everyday Clothes:

  • Sandals

  • Hats

  • Walking shoes

  • Bathing Suits

  • Underwear and Socks

  • Shorts

  • Shirts!

  • Lounge shorts/sweats

  • Summer Dresses

  • 1-2 pairs of jeans

  • Light sweatshirt

  • Light rain Jacket (not heavy)

  • 1 button down (nice bars/clubs and restaurants dress code)

  • 1 business casual pants (bars/clubs and restaurants dress code)

Health & Medicine

Over the counter:

  • Bug Spray

  • Electrolytes- Emergen-C

  • Diarrhea- Imodium or Pepcid

  • Advil/Tylenol

  • Antibiotic Cream

  • Anti-acid liquid- Maalox

  • Band-aids

  • Sunscreen

  • Toilet Trees- Toothbrush, Deodorant, etc.


  • Hepatitis A and B vaccines are mandatory

  • Rabies vaccine is not mandatory

  • * Consult your doctor


  • It is difficult to find tampons and they're expensive, so pack for the full term + more

  • Regarding the scarcity of tampons, a Diva Cup is recommended


Living Items:

  • Laundry Bag

  • Kindle/Books

  • Umbrella

  • Towel- quality is low in Thai stores

  • Glasses and contact lenses

  • Pillow cases

  • Electric razor- No hot water is available

  • Coin Purse- Unlike the USA, in Thailand coins are used frequently

School Items:

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Tattoo concealer- Block visible tattoos (ask your agency)

  • Clean facial hair

  • Piercings are okay in conservative facial areas like ears and sometimes nose

Travel Items:

  • Backpack or Duffel Bag for weekend trips

  • Jaw string bag or fanny pack for adventure days

  • Travel Journal

  • Small ‘hotel like’ shampoo, conditioner, and soap bottles to pack for weekend and travel trips

  • Camera

  • Portable phone charger

  • Microfiber Towel


  • Laptop

  • Phone (if you have an old unused phone lying around, bring it for a backup)

  • Phone chargers

  • Wall adapter- most wall outlets in Thailand are the same as the US. However, sometimes the wall outlets don't have the third hole used for lamps and laptop chargers. I suggest you get a WorldWide Adapter.


  • Cover knees and don’t expose shoulders

  • No visible cleavage- Women must wear bras

  • A shawl is recommended

What Not to Pack:

  • Shampoo, soap, conditioner, makeup, extra toothbrush, deodorant, sunscreen- you can buy all of these at the local supermarket for cheaper than in the US

  • School supplies

  • Scarf

  • Heavy Jackets

  • Too many jeans

Packing Techniques:

  • Roll all your clothes!

Thailand has everything and it’s SOOOO cheap. You can buy everything there so don’t stress too much about packing the little things.

If you have questions: please email


About Journey to Teach Abroad:

Become a global citizen and discover life TEACHING ABROAD. Journey to Teach Abroad is a teacher training TEFL certification course in Los Angeles that GUARANTEES a teaching job abroad. They also offer Job Placements to amazing schools in Thailand and SouthEast Asia for those who are ready to go!

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