Carrying-on: What to Pack for a Four-Day Trip to Siem Reap

Heading out to temple town for a four-day trip or a long weekend is just the thing to give you a break from daily stress, and packing for it should also be fairly stress-free. Resist the urge to pack a complete outfit with matching shoes for each day. Everything you’ll need for four days should fit into a duffel bag or your favorite carry-on bag. We give you some insider tips on what to pack so that you can skip the baggage fees and focus on the more important highlights of your trip!

Plan to cover up

Whether this is your first or your hundredth trip to Siem Reap, it’s always helpful to have a list of what you want to pack so that you have all the essentials. Cambodia is a conservative country, especially when it comes to how locals dress. You may not encounter strict dress codes everywhere, but you will be required to cover your arms and knees at religious sites such as Angkor Wat. However, being covered up all day can get quite hot and uncomfortable, so consider wearing a pair of loose pants for a long day of exploring.





The packing strategy

Basics are great and can easily be mixed and matched. Since it’s hot in Cambodia most of the time, bring one to two pairs of shorts or skirt and long, comfortable loose pants for a visit to the temples. In Siem Reap there is always an occasion for a dressy evening out where a dress comes in handy.

If you doubt whether or not all of your fab items will fit into your small carry-on, don’t! In general, you want to split your items into three sections: What you wear on the plane, what you pack in your carry-on and what you pack in your purse as shown below.

The idea is that you wear your two outerwear pieces, your jacket and sweater, for warmth and space saving. Use a packing cube or a gallon sized Ziplock bag to store the rest of your clothing. Also, place your undergarment into a sandwich sized Ziplock bag or luggage organizer of choice and make sure your toiletry kit has travel-sized liquids. The last thing you need are issues with oversized liquids when you go through security!

The Ultimate Packing List

On the Plane:

1 Light and trendy all-purpose jacket

1 Cardigan

1 Jeans

1 Top

1 Sneaker

1 Scarf

In carry-on

  • 2 bottoms, one short, one loose pants suitable for a temple visit
  • 4 tops that coordinate with both of your selected bottoms
  • 1 dress
  • No more than three pairs of shoes: Sandals, flats and flip flops
  • 5 pairs of undergarments, including 2 pairs of socks, 1 bra and a bathing suit
  • Something to sleep in
  • Something to work out in (optional)
  • Toiletry kit
  • Chargers (phone, laptop, etc.)

In your purse

  • Phone, wallet, lipstick, keys, etc.
  • Boarding pass
  • Laptop (if needed)
  • Plastic bag of liquid toiletries
  • Scarf/pashmina
  • Book or magazine
  • Sunglasses

Et voila. And with that you should be good to go! Carrying-on for a four-day trip is easy.