Thailand packing checklist

Tickets, money, passport! Your essential Thailand to-do list and packing list.

To do

  • Passport: Is it up to date? It must be valid for at least six months from your date of entry into Thailand.
  • Visa requirements: Do you have a return or onward ticket within 30 days of entry? Australian tourists can only stay for 30 days visa-free.
  • Vaccinations: Have you checked which shots you may need?
  • Travel insurance: Are you covered?
  • Safety: Have you checked the latest safety advice on the region you're travelling to? Subscribe to the latest Smartraveller updates for safety information on your destination.
  • Money: Have you told your bank you're going overseas and do you know how you'll be paying for things in Thailand?
  • Accommodation: Have you booked accommodation for at least the first night?
  • Transport: Do you know how you'll get from the airport to your accommodation? Do you need to pre-book any tickets?
  • Driving: If you're planning on driving a car or motorcycle, do you have the appropriate international licence, the appropriate travel insurance, and are you familiar with the local road rules?
  • Phone: Have you switched off data roaming and voicemail? If you're planning to use a local or travel SIM, is your phone unlocked?
  • Apps: Have you downloaded offline maps, translator apps or travel guide apps onto your mobile?
  • Medication (see below): Have you checked that your regular medication is legal to bring into Thailand?

To pack

Important: Thailand has very strict drug laws. A number of medications available in Australia, including some cold and flu drugs, strong painkillers and medication used to treat ADHD, are classed as narcotics or psychotropic substances under Thai law. If you're in any doubt, check with the Thai embassy. The Food and Drug Administration of Thailand has a list of controlled substances, some of which may be allowed into the country if you follow the correct procedures.

Tip: No matter where you travel, you should carry all medications (even vitamins) in their original packaging, along with their original prescription. It's also a good idea to carry a letter from your doctor explaining what the medications are (using generic names),what they're for and dosage instructions.