Packing

We recommend that you bring a reasonable amount of cool, comfortable, and presentable clothes and footwear. Linen and cotton are ideal materials. You won’t need to bring winter clothes but might want to bring some light sweaters or jackets for cool nights on the beach, trips up North or for air-conditioned buses.

The clothing – including underwear – sold in Thailand is generally smaller than clothing available in western countries, unless you buy international brands. For women, American size 8 is about the largest dress size you will find, but 6 is the norm. For men, the largest pant size is usually a 38. Women may purchase shoes up to size 8 or 8.5, but again, that is the largest and is less often available.

It is easy and quite cheap to have clothing made here. A wide-variety of material such as silk is available in shops, stalls and malls throughout the city. Finding a seamstress or tailor is not difficult. They can generally duplicate an item that you have or work from a picture.

The dimensions of Thai beds are slightly different, although they are similar to double, queen, and king sizes. Since you won’t know the size of your bed in your apartment, you might not want to bring bed sheets. KIS will provide you with 1 set of sheets and pillow cases for your arrival and it is easy to buy sheets in department stores, markets and supermarkets. However, top-sheets are not commonly sold here and you may want to bring a couple.

Overall most things are easy to find and buy or order in Bangkok. This includes US or European brands of groceries, cosmetics, toilettries, contact lens solution, etc. There are many substitutes imported from other countries that are often less expensive. If you are taking a specific brand of medication or contraceptives that may not be available in Thailand, you might want to bring at least a year’s supply. Excedrin is not sold in Thailand, but Advil is. The same applies for feminine products like some types of tampons, and diet products, although Equal is widely available here.

Film, diskettes, CDs, memory sticks and the like are sold everywhere, usually at a much cheaper price.

Electricity in Thailand: 220V AC, 50 Hz, two pin plugs are standard.


What we bring from home

We surveyed current teachers about the things that fill their suitcases when they return from their home countires. Here is the list of items that are on our packing list:

deodorant*
tampons*
chocolate*
clothes / shoes**
(if you are not petite)
top sheets**
favorite vegetarian products **
tank tops with built in bra**
bra / swim suit**
(if you are not petite)
coffee*
(limited selection)
make-up for darker skin types**
wine* (available but
more expensive here)
natural health products**

* easy to buy but the quality of products from home is considered to be better
** hard to find / not available

This information is from our staff survey and is supposed to give you an idea. While some teachers are perfectly happy with the products available in Thailand, others prefer bringing their favorite brands from home. Correspond with one of our teachers if you need to be more specific on what is available in Thailand or not, especially when it comes to teaching materials.

What to wear

To be a teacher in Thailand is to be in a place of honor. Teachers are to live an exemplary life before their students, their parents and the community.

Please familiarise yourself with the KIS dresscode and keep it in mind as you prepare your work clothes. It is possible to wear light and comfortable clothing while looking professional.

Although the offices and classrooms are air-conditioned most teachers opt to wear short sleeves and cool clothes. Male teachers wear shoes, pants, and shirts with collars. Shirts may have short sleeves and ties are not required but wearing one is judged as professional by many in the community. PE teachers may wear T-shirts and shorts of a modest length.

T shirts, jeans, shorts and flip flops (in fact anything you would wear at the beach!) are not allowed except at special events such as sports day or field trips where you will be outdoors for longer periods of time.

KIS International School Dress Code