Vietnam Summer Packing List

May can easily be one of the hottest months in Vietnam, particularly in the central region in Hue. In just a few days, I will be embarking on a 16-day journey to Saigon, Vung Tau, Dong Hoi, Hue, and Da Nang. There is no doubt in my mind our travels will be sweaty, arduous, and riddled with disagreeable stomachs… but that is the price that must be paid for sweet adventure. This printable Vietnam packing list first appeared on the Petite Adventurer.


During this trip, we will be enjoying city life, sleepy resort towns, spelunking in questionable caves, and feeling every bump in the road on a two-day motorbike tour.  Take a peek inside my packing list:

**UPDATE** I have since returned from the trip and highlighted essential items in bold typeface.

  • Visa
  • Passport
  • Printed hotel, activity, and flight reservations
  • VND currency


** Aim for articles that are lightweight, breathable, with easy care
  • 2 sleeping shirts
  • 3 three-quarter sleeve blouses
  • 3 sleeveless blouse
  • 3 camisoles
  • 4 cotton tanks
  • 4 synthetic tanks
  • 2 thin long sleeves
  • 1 workout long sleeve
  • 1 workout tank
  • 1 light open cardigan
Chic Attire
  • 1 long sleeve dress
  • 1 sleeveless dress
  • 1 long sleeve romper
  • 1 midi skirt
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 2 sleeping shorts
  • 3 workout bottoms at varying lengths (skirt, ankle, capris)
  • 2 linen pants
  • 1 casual skirt
  • 4 shorts (white, navy, khaki, black)
  • Underwear for every day


  • Visor and baseball cap
  • Sunnies
  • 2 swim suits
  • Drawstring backpack


  • Medicine (allergy, travellers meds, aspirin, Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, Immodium, Tums, acid reducer, sleep aids)
  • Teeth (toothpaste, toothbrush, floss)
  • Eyes (contact solution, contact holder, eye drops, lenses)
  • Soap (shampoo, conditioner, face wash)
  • First aid kit
  • Extras (detergent stick, anti-itch ointment)
  • Lotion (daily face, facial sunscreen, body sunscreen *sport*)
  • Other (makeup wipes, q-tips, hair ties)
  • Hardcore bug spray (try Jungle Juice sold at REI)
    • Travel nurse pro tip from Palo Alto Medical Foundation: use .5% Permethrin clothing spray or wash. For 2 weeks of protection, use 3 oz of each set of clothing. For skin, use Ultrathon lotion which is a 34.3% DEET in a special formulation that allows the product to be active for 10-12 hours. You can also try Picardin which is 20% DEET with 8-hour protection.


Carry On
Now that the trip is over, my only regrets are not bringing more floss and sleeping shirts. Not too shabby in my opinion!

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