The Best Family Packing Guide (Including Baby) | Thailand & Cambodia

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While I could do a guide for packing to cover the whole of South East Asia, I decided instead to do it by country- as and when we visit.  So I present to you the best family packing guide for Thailand and Cambodia.

The needs of our children will change depending on the environment and their age, in particular to mosquito repellents.

The places we were visiting in Thailand and Cambodia had no malaria risks associated, and so the mosquito products we chose were to keep bugs at bay in a gentle way without having to resort to the use of deet.

We were really pleased with the mosquito repellents we purchased.

When I pack I split everything down the middle into our two large back packs.  That means if one bag goes missing we have enough to get by in the other bag.

I recommend packing in the same way, because you don’t want to end up at your destination and stuck for a few days if anything goes wrong.

We tend to get our clothes laundered at each place we stay, so clothes remain wearable.  The cost is cheap.  On occasion we’ll handwash.

I don’t mention our travelling outfits on the list.  In general we all wear trousers, t-shirts, a zip up hoody and trainers/covered shoes.  All items come in useful when we’re away too.

You’ll notice that I mention life jackets for the kids.  Quite a bit of our trip involved sea crossings and I wanted to make sure the children had life jackets that fit them appropriately.  Our son used his life jacket to help him swim in the swimming pools as well.

Both life jackets attached securely and easily to the front our back packs.

I’ve also included links to the Thai trousers mentioned.  I bought my trousers in Thailand after arriving, but I bought the ones for the children before.  I struggled to find them in kids sizes once we were there so I’m glad I did this although they are more expensive to buy here of course.

Medical Kit

  • Mosquito repellent wipes
  • Mosquito stick on patches 
  • Paracetemol
  • Calpol
  • Diarolyte
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Suncream 50+
  • Coconut oil (Face cleanser and after sun.  I buy a small tub from Holland and Barratt.  Make sure to use nappy bags to help seal the product before packing.  Unscrew the lid, wrap the container in the nappy bag, reseal the lid. Bag it all again in another nappy bag.  Remember to do this every time you move from place to place.)
  • Lemon Original Source body wash (anti mosquito)
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Kids toothpaste
  • Nappy rash cream
  • Thermometer
  • Nail cutters
  • Teething powder (we use Ashton & Parsons)


  • 2 x Swimwear
  • Pocket raincoat
  • Light weight scarf (doubles as a blanket and breastfeeding cover)
  • 4 x Knickers
  • 2 x Bras
  • Light make up (concealer, mascara, blush)
  • 2 x t-shirts
  • 1 x Thai trousers (the material is perfect for avoiding sun and mosquitos)
  • 2 x dresses
  • 1 x Shorts
  • Flip flops
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • 2 x books


  • 4 x t-shirts
  • 2 x shorts
  • 1 x pocket raincoat
  • 4 x pants
  • Flip flops
  • Sunglasses
  • Kindle


  • 2 x t-shirts
  • 1 x long sleeve top
  • 2 x Thai trousers
  • 2 x shorts
  • 4 x pants
  • Raincoat
  • Sunhat
  • Child life jacket (purchased from Decathlon for £10.00)
  • Flip flops
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 small toy cars


Evie was seven months old when we went on this trip.  She’s combination fed which means she takes both the breast and the bottle.  She’d started weaning as well.

While you can buy all your essentials when your away, I decided I wanted to try to pack as much into our bags as possible so I didn’t have to worry about any milk changes or sourcing nappies at any point.

If we ran out of things I knew we’d be able to buy replacements there (which we did for forumla).

Plus as we travelled our bags became lighter and more spacious which was nice 🙂

As a side note: Make all powdered milk/food using bottled water.  The tap water in Thailand is heavily cholorinated.

  • 3 x Aptamil powder formula (one for each week).  Keep formula in a fridge.  We lost an entire carton to ants.  I packed one carton into each large back pack and packed one carton into our hand carry for emergencies.
  • Baby meals that can be made with boiling water (for emergency use, we never used any but it was good to have as back up.  Instead our daughter ate yoghurt, fruit, bread, pancakes etc)
  • 2 x Reusable swimming nappies 
  • Baby Jogger City Tour
  • Baby Jogger City Tour rain cover 
  • Sunhat with UV+ properties
  • 2 x Thai trousers
  • 2 x lightweight cotton t-shirts
  • 2 x light weight dresses
  • 1 x long sleeve baby grow
  • 1 x short sleeve baby grow
  • Nappy bags
  • Baby life jacket 
  • 3 x MAM self sterilising bottles
  • 4 x ready-made formula cartons (back up)
  • Matchstick Monkey (easy to clean teething toy)
  • Dummy clips (used to prevent teething toy or other toys dropping onto the floor)
  • Thermos flask
  • Milk powder dispenser 
  • Steriliser wipes
  • Milton sterilising tablets
  • Nappies (as many as we could fit into our bags after we’d packed everything else)
  • 8 x Baby wipe packets
  • Baby carrier
  • Baby pool float

4 different ways we sterilised/cleaned bottles:

  • Washed bottles in tap water and placed inside sinks filled with boiled tap water and used half a milton tablet.
  • Washed bottles in tap water and poured boiling tap water inside the bottle and placed the teat upside down into the top of the bottle and covered with more boiling water.
  • Rinse the bottle out with bottled cold water if it wasn’t possible to sterilise.
  • MAM bottles can be sterilised easily in a microwave, so where we had access to a microwave we chose this option.


34 replies to “The Best Family Packing Guide (Including Baby) | Thailand & Cambodia

    1. Great idea, although I’m always hesitant about the ingredients for the kids skin. I’m not a fan of jungle formula that you can buy here but the two products I went with were so good!


    1. If I’m going anywhere with a suitcase I’m the same lol… with a back pack I’m much more careful because I have to carry it! haha


  1. I have lived in Asia for many years so I can confirm that your list is spot on, these things are so important to have with you when you are travelling there especially the mosquito repellent.


  2. What a comprehensive list! I get worried taking a baby anywhere in case, for whatever reason, we run out of goodies. Paranoid mama over here. I love the tips on sterilsing the bottles too.


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