If you have booked your flight and set a date for your upcoming trip to beautiful Phuket, Thailand then chances are you could not be more excited! As a place filled with pristine beaches, vibrant markets, and a nearly endless list of fun activities to enjoy, your time spent there will surely be nothing short of unforgettable. If you have previously spent time in Southeast Asia, then you should already be fairly familiar with typical climate and local customs, in which case your suitcase may already be packed! However, for those of you who have yet to visit this part of the world and are absolutely clueless on what to fill your suitcase with, then keep reading and hopefully the following tips will help you start preparing for the trip of a lifetime!
There is a big chance that you already know Phuket is known for its rather hot climate, which is possibly a huge reason as to why you want to head there! A warm tropical climate is a definite draw for travelers and something that makes the island all the more enjoyable for most. However, with that being said, you need to know how to prepare for enduring the hot weather. The average temperature can be 30+ degrees Celsius with a humidity level anywhere from 50% to 100%, which is much more likely anywhere from November to May.This means your clothes are going to need to be very light and breathable, if you would prefer to not spend half of your time in Phuket with a heat rash! The following are some great options to pack…
- T-shirts – Shorts -Light Pants
- Swimsuit -Sunglasses -Sunscreen
Rainy Season – Weather Proof Clothes
Although Phuket is hot practically all times during the year, they still endure some rather rainy months. Although it is not necessarily cold outside when it rains like other places, you are going to want to be sure your suitcase is prepared for the certain instance that the island may have some precipitation. Here are some ideas on what to pack…
- Light Rain Jacket -Hat -Extra clothes
- Long Light Pants -Socks
Whenever you spent time in Phuket, whether it is your first time or your tenth time there, you are going to do plenty of wandering about and exploring all the island has to offer. With fun activities like trekking and hiking, island hopping, rock climbing beach strolls, ziplining, etc. there is one thing you absolutely do NOT want to forget when you are packing for a trip to Phuket…comfortable shoes! If you don’t want to endure painful blisters and sores on your feet, then be sure you either go buy some new comfortable tennis shoes at the store before you leave or pack your favorite ones from home. Save yourself a ton of hassle and pain and be sure you have comfortable shoes and wear them whenever you head out on a fun Phuket adventure!
Local Culture & Style – Respectful Clothes
One of the most important things to understand before deciding what to pack for Phuket is the local culture and style that is acceptable to the Thai people. You will soon find out even with just one visit to the beach that the locals tend to cover up in long sleeves and pants even when they are swimming. It is never acceptable to go nude on the beach or in public places and although you may have heard different, be sure to keep this in mind as it is something to do out of respect for the lovely Thai people of Phuket. If you happen to be visiting the many stunning temples while there, girls need to remember to cover their shoulders and knees. This can be done easily and should be practiced as many temples won’t allow anyone in with too much skin showing due to respect for the Buddhist monks.
If You Forget Something…Don’t Worry!
The good news is that if you happen to forget something or even lose something along the way during your time in Phuket, there are plenty of shops and stores with everything you need in them! From t-shirts and shorts to tennis shoes and sunscreen, you will find it all in Phuket!