The Best Packing List for Laos

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Laos is an incredible country, one that not only lived up to my expectations – but exceeded them!  Truthfully, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Laos.  I hadn’t heard much about the country and had never met anyone who traveled there.  But I’m so happy that I visited Laos and spent one month exploring the country.  And while I made travel mistakes in Laos, the one thing that I did right was pack!  This is the best packing list for Laos!

This guide will cover your packing essentials and then dive deeper whether you’re planning to chase waterfalls, visit during rainy season, or trek through the north.

 

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The Best Luggage to Bring to Laos

First things first when it comes to packing – you need luggage to put your things in.  My biggest tip for traveling – especially through Laos – is to not overpack.  Overpacking just leads to hassle and headaches and it’s not worth it.  Especially if you’re going to be carrying your own things around, the streets can be bumpy and a lot of hotels in Laos don’t have elevators.  But, with that being said – here are my favorite pieces of luggage to bring with you to Laos!

 

Calpak
AirTag Case Keychain
AirTags
Toiletry Bag
Packing Cubes
Nordace Backpack
Calpak
AirTag Case Keychain
AirTags
Toiletry Bag
Packing Cubes
Nordace Backpack
Calpak
AirTag Case Keychain
AirTags
Toiletry Bag
Packing Cubes
Nordace Backpack

 

Pro tip:  Avoid purchasing any white bags that you’ll be checking-in on an airplane – they are bound to get dirty fast!

 

Packing Essentials

Next up:  Your essentials!  These are things that you cannot travel to Laos without!  (In my opinion).

  • Passport
  • Visa – Most travelers need a visa to visit Laos; check if you need one here
  • Travel insurance – I would not travel to Laos without travel insurance; I personally use and recommend Safety Wing
  • Bug repellent
  • Sunscreen – Face & body

 

Pro tip:  If you’re not planning to check a bag, make sure that your bug repellent and sunscreen is < 3.4 oz!

 

Clothing/Shoes to Pack for Laos

When packing clothing and figuring out what to wear in Laos, the first step is knowing how long you’re going to be gone for so that you don’t over or under pack.  The second thing you should know about Laos is that it is generally very hot and humid.  For this reason, I recommend wearing light, breathable clothing.

This section includes clothing that I’d recommend for any female traveling to Laos.  Further down in the post, you can customize your clothing list based on if you’re planning to chase waterfalls, if it’s rainy season, etc.  (By the way, if you’re going on an extended trip – I recommend packing at least 12-pairs of underwear so that you’re not constantly doing laundry).

 

HOTOUCH Linen Shirts for Women
Joselyn Studio Sophia Linen Pant
Rubzoof Women’s Short Sleeve Pajama Set
Zesica Women’s 2 Piece Linen Set
Automet Womens Matching Set
Women’s Short Sleeve Split Maxi Dres
Anrabees Women’s Casual Loose Maxi-Dress
Reef Womens Sandals
Tennis Shoes
No Tie Tennis Shoes
New Balance
Thick Sandals

 

Pro tip:  Roll your clothes instead of folding them!  You’ll have more room this way.  I’d also consider bringing a laundry bag so that you can keep your clean/dirty clothes separate!

 

Accessories to Pack for Laos

When traveling to Laos, accessories aren’t only to add to your outfits, but I think of accessories as more functional.  When I travel – whether short or long-term – I love to bring accessories to make my outfits look “different”.  I don’t tend to pack many clothes, but instead like to pack scarves, head pieces, sunglasses, things that don’t take up much room but can make a plain outfit shine!

  • Purse (I recommend a purse that has a zipper and is more difficult for someone who might try to pickpocket you to access)
  • Sunglasses
  • Fanny pack (for crowded places/to put under your clothes)
  • Headscarf (to jazz up your outfits)

 

Raen Ynez Madewell
Kachel Hot Floral Headband
Free People Waverly Sling
Fonyve Satin Silk Square Scarfs for Women Hair
Fanny Pack
Ray-Ban Sunglasses
Raen Ynez Madewell
Kachel Hot Floral Headband
Free People Waverly Sling
Fonyve Satin Silk Square Scarfs for Women Hair
Fanny Pack
Ray-Ban Sunglasses
Raen Ynez Madewell
Kachel Hot Floral Headband
Free People Waverly Sling
Fonyve Satin Silk Square Scarfs for Women Hair
Fanny Pack
Ray-Ban Sunglasses

 

Toiletries to Pack for Laos

When packing your toiletries, keep in mind whether you’re planning to check a bag or carry-on.  Depending on which you’re doing, you might need to keep your liquids less than 3.4 fl oz.  (By the way, I like these containers if you’re carry-on only!).

 

Portable Travel Bottles
Travel Toothbrush
Billie Razor
Menstrual Cup
Portable Travel Bottles
Travel Toothbrush
Billie Razor
Menstrual Cup
Portable Travel Bottles
Travel Toothbrush
Billie Razor
Menstrual Cup

 

Pro tip:  Give your hair a rest and leave the heat at home!  Laos is so humid that anything you do to your hair will be ruined once you step outside.

 

Electronics to Pack for Laos

Electronics are certainly not a necessity to travel to Laos, but in this section I’ll share with you the electronics I took to Laos.  Of course, if you love capturing pictures and videos, you’ll more than likely be wanting to take a camera and maybe your computer to edit your photos; but if that isn’t your thing – you can skip over this section!  Another thing to note, you don’t need an adapter when you travel; Laos sockets allow both American and European plugs.

 

Electronic Organizer
Portable Charger
Kindle
Apple Laptop
GoPro
Canon EOS R
DJI Drone
Selfie Light
Apple AirPods
Electronic Organizer
Portable Charger
Kindle
Apple Laptop
GoPro
Canon EOS R
DJI Drone
Selfie Light
Apple AirPods

 

Pro tip:  If you’re traveling with a lot of electronics/chargers, I use this to keep everything organized!

 

Health Items to Pack for Laos

As a nurse, of course I can’t not include health items that I would recommend packing if you visit Laos.  Below you’ll find a few health related items that I took with me and they all came in handy!

  • Pill box (this is better for a shorter trip so you can count out your prescription/non-prescription pills and you don’t have to take a bulky bottle with you)
  • First aid kit (there are scissors in this first aid kit so if you’re doing carry-on only, make sure to remove them before packing!)
  • Bandaids (included in first aid kit linked above)
  • Unisom (I always travel with Unisom to help me catch some Zzz’s on the airplane and to help with jet lag – I also use this mask to get some sleep on the plane)
  • Liquid IV (I bring this just in case I get sick and dehydrated; but it does not replace a doctor!)
  • Advil (included in first aid kit linked above)

 

Advil
Unisom
First Aid Kit
Pill Box
Liquid IV
Advil
Unisom
First Aid Kit
Pill Box
Liquid IV
Advil
Unisom
First Aid Kit
Pill Box
Liquid IV

 

Pro tip:  Make an appointment with an infectious disease doctor before your visit to make sure that you’re all caught up on vaccines and to see if there are any prescriptions your doctor would recommend.  You can check vaccine recommendations for Laos here!

 

What to Pack if its Rainy Season in Laos

If you’re visiting Laos during rainy season, here are some items I’d recommend bringing with you.  By the way, rainy season in Laos generally lasts from May-September (with the heaviest rainfall in August and September).

 

Rain Poncho
Mini Umbrella
Sam Edelman Women Sue Rain Boot
L-Rain Clear Raincoat
Lomon Lightweight Rain Jacket
Rain Poncho
Mini Umbrella
Sam Edelman Women Sue Rain Boot
L-Rain Clear Raincoat
Lomon Lightweight Rain Jacket
Rain Poncho
Mini Umbrella
Sam Edelman Women Sue Rain Boot
L-Rain Clear Raincoat
Lomon Lightweight Rain Jacket

 

What to Pack to Chase Waterfalls or Visit 4000 Islands in Laos

If you’re planning to chase waterfalls, go in search of blue lagoons, or travel south to 4000 Islands, these are the items I’d recommend bringing with you!

 

Bucket Hat/Kimono Set
Furtalk Sun Visor
Furtalk Sun Visor Hat
Funky Eyewear Strap
Goodr OG Sunglasses
Eomenie Women’s One Piece Swimsuit
Hapcope Coverup
Waterproof Phone Pouch
Microfiber Beach Towel
Water Shoes
Thick Sandals
Bucket Hat/Kimono Set
Furtalk Sun Visor
Furtalk Sun Visor Hat
Funky Eyewear Strap
Goodr OG Sunglasses
Eomenie Women’s One Piece Swimsuit
Hapcope Coverup
Waterproof Phone Pouch
Microfiber Beach Towel
Water Shoes
Thick Sandals

 

What to Pack if You’re Trekking in Laos

If you’re planning to do some trekking in Laos, below are the items I’d recommend bringing with you!

  • Hiking boots
  • Work out clothes
  • Light sweater (you don’t need this for the trek itself but if you’re staying in the north of Laos in a village, it can get chilly at night)

 

Zesicka Casual Long Sleeve Crew Neck
Lululemon Wunder Train High Rise Tights
Lululemon Razorback Tank Top
Lululemon Wunder Train High Rise Shorts
Lululemon Workout Bra
Anjoufemme Women’s Hiking Boots
Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Hiking Boot
Zesicka Casual Long Sleeve Crew Neck
Lululemon Wunder Train High Rise Tights
Lululemon Razorback Tank Top
Lululemon Wunder Train High Rise Shorts
Lululemon Workout Bra
Anjoufemme Women’s Hiking Boots
Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Hiking Boot

 

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Packing Tips and Trips

1.  If you’re going to be gone a long time and staying in rental properties, make sure to pack miniature Tide PODS to wash your clothes (I purchase the whole box and then pack a few with me – in a bag – on each trip)

2.  Travel with reusable plastic bags – it never fails that I always need a bag for something

3.  For more space, roll your clothes instead of folding them

4.  Weigh your bag before getting to the airport; and know your baggage limits for each airline you fly.  In Asia, airlines can be strict about weight for carry-on bags and I’ve had to check several carry-on bags for not meeting the weight requirement.

 

Laos Essentials – What You Need & Need to Know About Visiting Laos

TRAVELING THROUGH LAOS

  • The easiest way to book bus & train tickets in Laos is through Bookaway or 12Go
  • To book a flight to Laos, I recommend Expedia or Skyscanner to compare options
  • Laos does require a visa, you can purchase one through iVisa
  • I highly recommend travel insurance when traveling through Laos – I use and recommend SafetyWing

ACCOMODATION IN LAOS

  • To easiest way to book hotels in Laos is through Booking.com

TOURS IN LAOS

  • For tours and activities in Laos, I recommend using Viator
  • For cooking classes in Laos (only in Luang Prabang), I recommend using Cookly

WHAT TO BRING TO LAOS

 

I hope that you found this packing list for Laos helpful!  If you have any questions about packing or visiting Laos in general, let me know in the comments below!

 

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For more information on things to see and do in Laos, make sure to check out my Instagram page/highlight reel by searching “#ppinlaos” or under my highlights for “Laos”; alternatively, head to my TikTok and search for the saved “Laos” highlight


 

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Kylee is a NICU nurse passionate about making travel affordable and accessible to nurses. Inspiring nurses to travel both near and far, Kylee began Passports and Preemies in 2017 while volunteering in Skopje, North Macedonia as a way to reach nurses and advocate for the prevention of nurse burnout by traveling. Kylee has been a NICU nurse for 9 years and a travel nurse for 7 years. Since starting her career in travel nursing, she’s worked in six different states, 10 different hospitals, volunteered as a nurse in North Macedonia, worked as a nurse in Saudi Arabia, and has traveled to 45+ countries. Her favorite travel nurse assignment was in Seattle and her favorite destination is Georgia (the country). Kylee is the original creator of the “8 Day Vacay” – a vacation geared towards nurses who aim to take advantage of the potentially 8 days off between work weeks with no need to use PTO.

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