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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 favorites.

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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.

Side note: Make sure before you head to Vietnam that you have Travel Insurance!

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

Vietnam Clothing Packing List

Women

Men

If Riding a Motorbike:

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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. Also for a more in-depth post on preparing to travel, travel documents etc check out How to Prepare for Traveling.

  • Packing Cubes – I swear, Packing cubes have changed the way I travel!
  • Padlocks
  • Sleep sheet (I use the kokoon from headwear)
  • Ziplocks (trust me, they will come in handy!)
  • Water bottle (water filtration system)
  • Laundry line (elastic cord)
  • Electrical tape (will come in handy one day!)
  • Small LED flashlight you can attach to your bag
  • 1 Microfiber Towel

If Riding a Motorbike:

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

Electronics to Bring When Traveling Vietnam

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.

Lastly a Standard Toiletries Packing List

Women

  • Shampoo, conditioner, and body gel
  • Mosquito repellent (the good stuff!)
  • Tampons
  • Wet wipes (TRUST ME ON THIS!)
  • Lip balm
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Moisturizer and lotion
  • Sunblock (bring a good one with you as this gets expensive in Vietnam)
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup (powder, blush, eyeliner) Yep…that’s pretty much it for me!
  • Nail cutter and nail file
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Med kit (band aids, sterile gauze pads, basic medicine for pain, bad stomachs, and cough, vitamin c, 1 small bottle of betadine)

Men

  • Shampoo & body gel
  • Mosquito repellent (the good stuff!)
  • Chapstick
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunblock
  • Deodorant
  • Nail cutter
  • Shaver
  • Med kit (band aids, sterile gauze pads, basic medicine for pain, bad stomachs, and cough, vitamin c, 1 small bottle of betadine)

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