Singapore Packing List: What to Pack for Singapore
Singapore is one of Asia’s most prosperous city-states and it is a huge hub for imports and exports; making it a shoppers paradise. Packing for Singapore can be a bit stressful due to the fact you will need to dress fancy as well as beach casual. It is best to keep your pack light and only pack what is absolutely necessary for your vacation.
Singapore is inhabited by a number of cultures and people, the most prominent being Chinese, Indians, and Malays. It is known for a few things; great culture, great parties, and great food! When it comes to climate know that between May and October it can get hazy due to fire smoke drifting from Sumatra. This, combined with the city smog, causes the city-state to have horrible air pollution. To avoid this air don’t travel there between June and October. The Monsoon season is a better choice and is between November-January.
Packing For Singapore: Basics
When it comes to packing for Singapore, you are going to want to pack how you would for Thailand with a little of Japan thrown in. The likelihood of you traveling outside of Singapore to outlying islands is pretty high, so pack more tropical clothes, especially if you plan to travel onto South East Asia after. Singapore itself is more like Japan or New York when it comes to wardrobe, so pack at least one set of nice clothes The bare minimum to bring is:
- 2 Pair of pants
- 1 Pair of shorts
- 3 Pair of quick drying underwear
- 3 t-shirts (pick more up as you travel for souvenirs)
- A pair of durable flip flops or Sandal Shoes
- A hat
- DEET Bug Spray
- Imodium (Anti-Diarrhea)
- Pepto Bismol (Upset Stomach)
- Travel Antibiotics
- A Hoodie
- A First Aid Kit
- Water Bottle with Filter
- Collapsible Day Pack
- Money Belt
- A swimsuit
- A pair of nice shoes
- Long sleeve short (protects from mosquitoes and sunburn)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Travel Adapter
- A light jacket (Monsoon Season)
Singapore is one of the most expensive countries in the world, so be prepare to spend extra on drinks, dining and nightlife. The city is relatively safe and you should not have a hard time with thieves. Due to the cultural and religious breakout of the city, it is best to dress more moderately as not to offend the locals, but you can get away with keeping it casual, it is totally up to you.
Packing For Singapore: Summary
Singapore is the Switzerland of Asia; it’s safe, fun, and also super expensive. Ensure you only pack what is needed and nothing more. Crime is not tolerated in Singapore, so be on your best behavior and be respectful to all cultures while you are there. Follow these tips and our Singapore packing list and you will have a great time. If you are unsure how to pack check out our article here on how to pack layers instead of outfits!