Packing for Thailand

Packing for Thailand

  • 21st March, 2017
  • Posted by: AKA Thailand

Are you planning to train in Thailand and are not sure what to bring? Well look no further! This list will help you keep your baggage to a minimum and leave space for souvenirs on your trip home.

Many people make the mistake of packing items that can be purchased locally, and usually much cheaper. There are pharmacies and convenience shops such as 7-11 and Tesco Lotus on almost every street, so you can save a lot of room and weight in your bag by purchasing things like toiletries when you arrive. Shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, sunscreen, tanning oil, sun glasses, extra towels, band-aids, gauze, antibiotics, ibuprofen, nail clippers and more are all easy to find.

For medical treatment or refilling prescriptions from home, head to one of the international hospitals: Phuket International Hospital, Bangkok Phuket Hospital or Dibuk Hospital. You can email the hospitals in advance to inquire about prescriptions you may need filled.

You can also save space by purchasing your training equipment on arrival. There are a variety of brands available in Thailand that you will want to check out. We have a fully stocked gear shop at the gym where you can purchase all of the necessities for training.

Supplements such as protein powder, BCAAs, L-Glutamine, L-Carnatine and more are widely available across the island of Phuket. It is safer to buy these products locally than risk having them confiscated by customs when you enter the country. If you still want to bring your own from home, make sure they are unopened and visibly sealed.

What we recommend:

Shorts and Shirts

Phuket is a tropical island, and it gets HOT. Having a variety of shorts and shirts to train in and wear casually is essential. If you are planning to train more than once a day, you’ll want to have a fresh shirt for each session. Our pro shop has a variety of AKA Thailand t-shirts and shorts that are great for training or casual wear too. If you prefer training in compression gear there are lots of brands available on the island.

Lots of Undergarments
Wash them between classes or bring a few extra pairs. You will go through these quickly when you begin training! Be a good training partner and make sure you are wearing fresh clothes at every session.

Jeans and Sweatpants

Occasionally it gets chilly at night but these can also be purchased locally. Name brands are available at shopping malls like Central Festival and cheaper brands can be found all over, especially at local night markets. One or two pairs are all you need.

A Nice Set of Clothes

If you enjoy upscale nightlife, make sure to pack a nice outfit as some clubs do enforce dress codes.

Light Jacket
A light jacket is also good for sun protection when running or driving a motorbike.

Don’t worry if you forget it; swimsuits (and beach towels) are another item widely available at night markets and street shops for great prices.
Running Shoes
You will need running shoes if you plan to join our fighters on their run before class. When the weather is good on Saturdays our Muay Thai trainers teach class at Phromthep Cape, Big Buddha and other nice viewpoints in the area. The warmup includes a run, so be prepared and bring a comfortable pair with you!

Sandals are the footwear of choice for most people in Thailand.

Driver’s License
If you plan to rent a motorbike make sure to bring your driver’s license from home. It’s always good to apply for an international license if you can, however, if that option is not available to you, a license from your home country will allow you to drive here legally.

Other Items to Consider: Laptop, tablet, mobile phone, iPod, camera, device chargers, earphones, power adapters, an empty suitcase for souvenirs.

Contact us if you have any inquiries and we will be happy to assist with booking your trip!