Vietnam Packing List: Ultimate Guide on What to Pack

Wondering what to pack for your trip to Vietnam? We were in the same boat once and after a reader asked us this question, we decided to put together this complete Vietnam packing list guide.

Both Anna and I traveled all over Vietnam for 2 months, and as our long-time readers will know, it’s actually where we met, so the country is one of our favorites.

What to Pack For Vietnam?

As we say in all our packing list guides, do not overpack. Similar to other Southeast Asia countries, you really don’t need to take a lot with you. I personally rode a motorbike across Vietnam so I have added certain items to extra lists when applicable.

Now, without further delay, here is a complete recommended packing list for Vietnam for both men and women.

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Choosing the Right Travel Bag

For any trip that I plan, the first thing I do is decide on what travel bag to take with me. Like most countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is rugged. Even in large cities, don’t always expect even pathways and sidewalks.

This is why we recommend backpacks which will give you a lot more mobility when moving around. In this table below, you can find some of our recommended travel backpacks. If you have a bad back as I do, I also recommend getting a convertible backpack/wheely bag.

This will allow you to wheel your bag for the most part and carry it around when needed. We’ve been personally traveling with Osprey for the last few years and absolutely love all of their products. If you want more options, click on the button below to see our full guide on the best travel backpacks.

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ProductProductFeaturesPrice
Osprey Farpoint 55
Osprey Farpoint
- Carry On Compatible
- Opens like a suitcase
- Padded Straps
- Recommended for Men
- Has a sleeve for electronics
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Osprey Fairview
Osprey Fairview
- Carry On Compatible
- Opens like a suitcase
- Padded Straps
- Recommended for Women
- Has a sleeve for electronics
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Nomatic Backpack

Nomatic Pack
- Multiple compartments
- Padded Straps
- Waterproof Material
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Vietnam Clothing Packing List

For the most part, Vietnam is a hot country! Even during monsoon season, expect to sweat despite the continuous rain. While there are some places in the country that relatively have cooler weather, it’s best if you plan what to pack around the heat and humidity.

Listed below are some of my recommended items on what to bring for your trip.

Women

Men

Editor’s Note: Check out our Vietnam Travel Guide featuring the best things to do, places to stay, and what to eat.

Accessories: Packing Essentials

What you bring on your travels to Vietnam will depend on your travel style is. As we are digital nomads, we do pack/carry more gadgets than the usual backpacker, so feel free to leave a few of the items out of your list.

If Riding a Motorbike in Vietnam:

Related: Travel Accessories: Must Have Items to Help You Travel Like a Boss

Travel Electronics

Read: Best Travel Cameras: How to Choose the Perfect Camera 

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If you’re not a pro blogger/ photographer, we suggest to keep the electronics to a minimum.

Toiletries Packing List

Women

Men

Again like we say for other countries when packing for Vietnam focus on which activity you will be doing most of.

If you are planning to ride a motorbike across the country take a few spare t-shirts that you won’t miss after the trip (trust me, you won’t want to wear after your trip!)

Travel Must: At the risk of sounding like your parents, make sure you get travel insurance before hitting the road. Trust us, it’s one of those things you don’t want to leave home without. We recommend either World Nomads or Safety Wing, depending on the type of traveler you are.

Transport  in Vietnam

When it comes to booking buses, trains, or boats, we recommend using either Bookaway or 12Go website. You can easily look up schedules and book things on the go which is super handy, especially when traveling during peak seasons.

Accommodation in Vietnam

There are loads of places to stay in Vietnam for all types of budgets. There are hotels, hostels, guesthouses and more, all available for your booking at a much lower price than Western countries (win!).

Read our complete guide on where to stay in Vietnam.


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Tom Rogers

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Tom is the co-founder of this blog and has been traveling the world for th e last 9 years. Wherever he is around the world, he can be found riding motorbikes, jumping off cliffs, and navigating his way through mountains and jungles keeping his mum perpetually worried with every adventure he goes on.

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