Traveling in Cambodia: Your Ultimate Packing Guide

You have been dreaming about traveling to Cambodia. There’s something magical about this charming kingdom that attracts many visitors. The clash of the modern era with contemporary culture creates a once in a lifetime adventure. Yet, the fact that you need to pack stresses you out again. Don’t worry, MyProGuide has summarized the following the tips that would make you find packing easy. 

The tips below would include packing tips in general but will focus on some tips that you would need to know such as what to wear and things to bring while traveling in Cambodia.  

First thing first: The art of packing is” less is more” 

Pack light!

It would be tiring to travel like a mule. Once you make your luggage or backpack lighter and smaller, your travel would sure be easier. Remember not to overpack, count the days and be precise on how many things that you actually need, and would you actually need it or not. 

There are things you can buy there: 

Clothes, in general, are fairly cheap in Cambodia. You can find places in most cities in Cambodia that sell cheap clothing, so you could consider packing a bit less and getting your clothes at your travel destination instead. However, as the clothes in south Cambodia are designed for the Asians in general, it might be a bad idea if you’re exceptionally tall or a big one. 

Have an extra travel bag with you:

There is no denying that we all like to buy souvenirs and gifts, no matter they are a gift for yourself or for your friends and family. With all those interesting, cheap, special crafts you can find in Cambodia, you might end up bringing more and heavier luggage before arriving. Having an extra travel bag will give you some extra space, and don’t need to worry about the quantities of souvenirs you want to buy. 

Smart traveling outfit: what to wear in Cambodia

Pay extra attention to the weather: 

Year-round Weather Map for Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Source: Weather and Climate

For those who never been to Cambodia before, one of the things you might not be used to would be the weather. Yes, sometimes the humidity could be quite intense. You might start sweating simply while you are waiting for the bus even though you are under the shades. Also, if you are traveling in Cambodia during winter, the temperature wouldn’t get that low, so with some sweater, light jacket and long sleeves will just be fine. A long jacket or furry sweater would definitely take up too much space for your luggage. If traveling in summer, do remember to bring clothes that can be dried easily, in some parts of Cambodia, it is sometimes the raining season. Yet, you can always find laundry where you can dry your clothes. Still, it would be easier if you bring clothes that can be dry easily. 

Know the season you are traveling: 

Whether it’s a raining season or not would decide what clothes you bring. In most cities in Cambodia, the raining season usually starts from May to October, making it extremely rainy and humid. So, you should definitely avoid packing heavy or thick clothes in your luggage if traveling during the rainy season. Do bring light clothes that dry easily, and a light waterproof raincoat or portable umbrella would come in handy. 

Know and respect the local culture: 

As Cambodia, a country prevailing with Buddhism, when entering Angkor Wat or any heritage cites, do remember to be respectful to the local culture and have clothes such as long pants or shirts that can cover up your shoulder and knees. 

What to bring: the final checklist before departing

Complete sun protection is a must: 

Remember to do complete sun protection, though. Especially in summer, if not paying extra care, there would be a high possibility to get a sunburn or even heatstroke, which is true suffering for the rest of your trip.   

Have some medicine and bug-spray along with you: 

The wet and warm weather in Southeast Asia ensures the existence of mosquitoes, bugs, and insects. Don’t underestimate the serious consequences it leads to, for example, mosquito bites often cause infection and disease. It is, therefore, necessary to have a bug-spray or herbal insect repellent along with you. 

Following is a useful checklist you will need before departing. After making sure what to bring along and going through the list, it not only gets you ready for Cambodia but also a safe and secure feeling!  

  • Your passport / ID
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Phone and charger
  • A universal plug adapter 
  • Foreign currency 
  • Headphones
  • Toiletries: Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Soap, Lotion, Shampoo, Conditioner
  • A traveling first aid kit 
  • Personal medicine/pain killer
  • Deodorant
  • Wet wipes 
  • Herbal insect repellent
  • Sweater and/or jacket
  • 1 extra pair of shoes
  • Hat 
  • Sunglasses 
  • sunscreen
  • Bathing suit 
  • Shoes 
  • Sandals 
  • Light clothing 
  • Long pants and clothes with long sleeves 
  • Raincoat/portable umbrella/light waterproof jacket 

There you go! You sure are ready! Whether this is your very first time or the third time in Cambodia, do remember to make sure about the climate, pack for your destination, a do complete sun protection, etc. So, it’s all set and be ready to experience all the fun, the food, the fascinating culture in Cambodia. Enjoy your trip! 

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