Vietnam is such a geographically diverse country, that you must to pack for two climates. Youll need clothes for both hot, beachy days and chilly mountain adventures.

Here are the basics to pack for Vietnam like a pro.

At a glance

Where: East of Cambodia on the China Sea
Weather: Depending on the location, you can get hot & humid or chilly & damp
Shopping Scene: Street and Market Shopping!
Whats Missing: Swimsuits and Undies for Women over a Size 8

The Essentials

✓ Sunscreen
✓ Active Capris
✓ Shawl or Wrap
✓ Anti-Theft Bags and Purses
✓ Makeup Primer & Setting Spray
✓ Backpack (Not a Suitcase with Wheels)

Must-Have Luggage & Bags

drawstring backpack

Loctote Theft-Resistant Drawstring Backpack

Unfortunately, Vietnam experiences bag snatching - a crime that this bag prevents with slash-resistant material and a lock. Fits everything securely is comfortable to carry all day.

Osprey Backpack

Osprey Packs Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack

The BEST backpack for traveling women - I literally only recommend this one. Period. Easily fit 1-month of clothes into this magical carry-on - or stuff it full as a checked bag.

Dry Bag

Earth Pak- Waterproof Dry Bag + Phone Case

Backpacking Vietnam includes waterfalls in Dalat, kayaking in Ha Long Bay and sand dunes in Mui Ne. Protect your gear from water and sand!

Best Purses for Vietnam

Mundi Purse

Mundi Anti-Theft Crossbody Purse

When you go out at night, it's best to carry a discrete yet tough-as-nails purse like this! Big enough for your phone, money and keys. Available in SO many cute colors.

80s fanny pack

Metallic Fanny Pack with 3 Pockets

The sexiest and safest way to carry your gear. Clip it over your dress or throw it over your shoulder! Thieves won't even try to snatch this one.

Mint green purse

Anti-Theft Crossbody Day Bag

The best sight-seeing bag - big enough to carry your small camera, phone, wallet, and snacks. Listed as "large" - it's actually the perfect medium-sized bag for all-day comfort. Click to see more colors!

On Your Feet

Nike Women's Flex

Nike Women's Flex

The best active shoes for travel! Flexible for easy carry and super supportive for long days exploring the island!

Steve Madden Shoes

Steve Madden Donddi Sandal

Cute & comfy walking sandals for exploring markets, hunting for street food or sightseeing! Click to see more colors!

Yoga Mat Flip Flops

Sanuk Joy Yoga Flip-Flop

I've been wearing and re-purchasing these flip flops for nearly 10 years. Made out of yoga mats, they are extra supportive and cute! Comes in many colors and styles!

Best Outfits for Photos

Off-the-Shoulder Floral Flowy Dress

Just wait til your tan starts to glow! This dress will look absolutely divine! Plus, the shape is flattering for nearly all body types!

Tie-Front Midi Dress

The sweet and innocent look - with a sexy twist! This dress has a parachute-style material that is perfect for Vietnam weather! Cute and practical! Click to see more colors!

Watercolor Maxi Dress

The most stunning colors that pop against the Vietnam city and rural landscape! The dress is sexy, yet appropriate! Flowy and comfortable!

Day Outfits


Sleeveless Mid-Leg Jumpsuit

Dress somewhat modestly for museums and small villages! This sophisticated romper covers but still gives you a gorgeous shape and style. Click to see more colors!

Travel & Active Capris

Oalka Women’s Yoga Capris

Traveling Vietnam means hours of buses, trains, and planes. You will LIVE in these active capris. Click to see more colors!

Striped Shirt

Cute and Casual Active Top

Pair with capris or shorts and go exploring! Flowy yet fitted - you've got full range of movement while still looking cute. Great for planes and buses, too!

Night Outfits

Lulus Romper

Hypnotized Purple Print Romper

Glam for the photos...loose for the food. This romper is so flattering and comfortable - while being just the right amount of sexy.

Black romper

SweatyRocks Tie Front Jumpsuit

Just the best beer drinking outfit, honestly. There's a spandex waistband and the material feels like pajamas...but you don't look like a total slob. #TravelGoals

Knee Length Dress

Berydress A-Line Summer Dress

Every girl needs a little black travel dress. Made with travel-friendly material, this dress is best for Bia Hoi nights or dinner in the city!

Beach Outfits

Pink 90s swim suit

Best Travel Suit Ever

A suit that sucks you in and doesn't slip! Go kayaking, swimming, rappelling down waterfalls - and focus on having fun instead of focusing on what your boobs are doing.

Short Beach Wrap Skirt

Vietnam isn't a country where you should walk around with your cheeks out. From the hotel to the beach or your room to the pool, use this little wrap for modesty!

Crochet Cover-Up

You can leave this beachy top long to cover your bathing suit or synch it up and wear with a pair of shorts! Click to see all the pretty colors!

On Your Face

It cosmetics cc cream

It Cosmetics CC Cream SPF 50+

The holy grail of sweaty-weather foundation. Use with a damp beauty blender, and you can build light-full coverage that wont melt off your face in Thailand.

Thank Me Later Primer

Thank Me Later Face Primer

Don't even bother bringing makeup if you're not going to use a waterproof primer! It locks your makeup in place for sweaty Thailand adventures!

Hula Bronzer

Thank Me Later Face Primer

Don't even bother bringing makeup if you're not going to use a waterproof primer! It locks your makeup in place for sweaty Thailand adventures!

Wait to Buy in Vietnam

✓ Sunglasses
✓ Elephant Pants
✓ Jewelry

What Not to Pack for Vietnam

✓ Jeans
✓ Heels
✓ Hair dryer

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