Here we help you prepare what to pack for Singapore based on our insider knowledge of the city.
When choosing what to wear in Singapore, remember that the weather is hot and humid all year round and you will probably start sweating as soon as you leave the air-conditioned comfort of your hotel. So lightweight cotton clothes in Singapore are recommended.
You will need to make sure you have sun cream and insect repellent with you at all times and you also don’t want to leave your Singapore hotel without an umbrella in your bag. Even when a day starts out with bright sunshine, it can soon turn into a thunderstorm.
The great thing about travelling to Singapore with small kids is that nearly everywhere is stroller friendly. Pavements/sidewalks tend to be wide and flat and all shopping malls and most MRT stations have elevator access. So you can happily bring along your favourite stroller for exploring the city.
Some of our favourite travel essentials for your Singapore packing list are highlighted below. We have included links to Amazon to make your pre-travel shopping super easy and have all your Singapore travel essentials delivered to your door.
You can download a full printable packing list at the bottom of the page, with checkboxes to tick items off as you put them in your suitcase.
Travel accessories for Singapore
It is no problem to bring a stroller with you everywhere in Singapore; almost everywhere is stroller friendly. It is also good for shopping malls and obviously for the airport. When travelling, look for a lightweight stroller that is easy to fold, and also look for things like good storage and the ability to recline for naps.
If you are visiting Singapore with a baby or small toddler you might prefer using a baby carrier instead of a stroller for more flexibility. Remember though that it can be very hot and humid, so choose a carrier with a lightweight breathable fabric.
Portable booster seat
You will probably want to use taxis while you are in Singapore as they are cheap and plentiful (and air-conditioned!). A portable booster seat is a great investment to keep your little ones safe.
- We recommend: the mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat or the BubbleBum backless inflatable car booster seat.
Singapore is an extremely safe city and crime is rare, even pickpocketing and petty theft. However, when you are traveling it still makes sense to keep all your money and important documents safe, and a money belt is a great idea for this.
- We recommend: Zero Grid money belt w/RFID blocking or the Alpha Blocker Money Belt For Travel With RFID Blocking Sleeves
Having a day pack is always a good idea for city trips with kids, so that you can carry all the wet wipes, snacks, tissues, sun cream etc and still keep your hands free to keep hold of the kids. Look for a lightweight backpack that can be easily packed in your suitcase when not needed.
- We recommend: the ZOMAKE Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack or the Outlander Most Durable Packable Lightweight Travel Hiking Backpack Daypack.
Collapsible water bottle
With the heat and humidity in Singapore you will need to drink a lot of water while you are out and about. Do your bit to save the environment and bring your own refillable water bottles instead of relying on buying plastic bottles of water. We love a collapsible water bottle that can easily be packed in the suitcase when not needed.
- We recommend: Baiji Bottles Collapsible Silicon Water Bottles or the Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle.
The Singapore weather is fairly unpredictable, with thunderstorms and heavy downpours common. Be prepared for rain any day and be sure to include an umbrella in your things to bring to Singapore list.
When you are traveling as a family, it is inevitable that you will end up with multiple accessories needing charged: phones, tablets, cameras, kindles etc. Don’t ruin the holiday by fighting over the charger; opt for a multiple charging station instead.
- We recommend: the Photive 60 Watt 6 USB Rapid Desktop Charging Station or the Vogek 6-port USB Charger.
The standard electrical voltage in Singapore is 220V and most electrical sockets take the standard UK style 3-prong plugs. If you are traveling from a country with different style plugs, make sure you add a travel adapter to your things to pack for Singapore.
- We recommend: the Urophylla Universal Adapter Dual Fuses or the Pac2Go Universal Travel Adapter with Quad USB charger.
Portable Charger Power Bank
Have you ever been caught out sightseeing with a low-battery phone and not been able to take photos? Or found your child’s iPad has run out of battery half way through a long haul flight? Don’t let it happen again! Go prepared with a portable charger power bank, a great tool to have in your travel arsenal.
Of course you have to record all your happy holiday memories, and having an easy-to-use waterproof and shockproof camera means everybody in the family can share in the photo taking, without having to worry about the camera getting damaged.
You will definitely need to include bug spray in your things to pack for Singapore list. As well as being a nuisance, Singapore has dengue fever so be sure to protect yourselves from the mosquitos. Mosquito patches for the kids clothes are a good idea too.
It’s always good to have some hand sanitizer in your bag when you are travelling, for times when you can’t wash your hands before having a snack, or have been traveling on public transport.
- We recommend: Babyganics alcohol-free foaming hand sanitizer on-the-go or PURELL Advanced hand sanitizer travel size.
You should always include suncream on your Singapore packing list. Even on cloudy days, the sun can be stronger than you realize.
- We recommend: Babyganics Mineral-based baby sunscreen spray or Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen.
The Singapore humidity can wreak havoc on long hair – especially if you combine this with boat rides or swimming. Pack a Tangle Teazer to make everybody’s life a little more pleasant.
Books and Games
Singapore Travel Guide Book
No matter how much research you do online before you travel, it can still be handy to have a travel guidebook in your bag.
It’s always handy to have a few activity books in your bag for your kids, for airports, flights, or when they just need some downtime after a hard day of sightseeing.
The family that plays together stays together! Pack a few fun travel games for fun family evenings, rainy days or airport layovers.
Singapore What to Wear
If you are trying to work out how to dress in Singapore, just remember that it will be hot and humid. So focus on lightweight natural materials and light clothing, such as t-shirts, shorts and sundresses.
Although this is a modern busy city, the Singapore dress code for tourists is pretty relaxed, with shorts and flip-flops the norm for daytime. You will however notice the Singapore dressing style for work can be quite fancy.
If you are planning to visit more upmarket bars and restaurants, you will want to pack some nicer clothes to wear in Singapore in the evenings. People like to dress up here, so women might want to pack some nice dresses to wear in Singapore, with heeled shoes. Collared shirts and closed shoes should be included for men when packing for Singapore.
We recommend including the following in your Singapore travel checklist:
- Cotton t-shirts
- Shorts or skirts
- Flip-flops or sandals
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Nicer clothes/shoes for more upmarket restaurants
- Swimming costume
Travel accessories for the plane
Multiple Passport holder
A multiple passport holder is invaluable for keeping all the family’s passports together in one place. Look for one that is easy to remove the passports, and one that has space to store luggage tags, frequent flier cards etc.
- We recommend: Zero Grid Travel Wallet & Family Passport Holder or the Apadi Travel Document Organizer.
Travel Pillow (neck)
We all know how uncomfortable it is trying to sleep on the plane. While we can’t promise you a good sleep, we can recommend using a travel neck pillow to help ease your aches and pains once you get to your destination.
Travel Pillow (leg support)
Travel leg rest pillows have been a bit of a game changer for long haul flights with small kids. These inflatable pillows allow you to fill the leg gap between the seats, allowing small children to stretch out or even lie down flat. Note that some airlines have banned the use of these travel leg rest pillows. Check with your airline before you go to the airport.
We highly recommend headphones for everyone in the family. Noise cancelling headphones for mums and dads are great for cutting out the ambient sound of the plane, while kid-sized headphones with volume limits will ensure kids can watch their iPads without disturbing others, and without damaging their eardrums.
- We recommend: Bose QuietComfort 25 noise cancelling headphones for adults and Kidz Gear Wired Headphones for kids.
If you’re looking for a new suitcase for your Singapore trip, we love the foldable luggage from Biaggi – these can be folded down into a small pouch for easy storage and saves you from having to step over your suitcases in your hotel room. We love the easy-glide spinner wheels on them too.
- We recommend: Biaggi Luggage Zipsack 31” Micro Fold Spinner Suitcase and the Biaggi Zipsack 27” Micro Fold Spinner Suitcase.
Packing cubes are so useful when you are traveling with kids and can save you lots of time searching through your suitcase looking for each person’s Singapore outfit of the day. Packing cubes allow you to segregate clothes and make it easy to find what you need. Look for cubes with a peekaboo window so you can easily see what is inside.
How many times have you found yourself rummaging around in your suitcase looking for a phone charger? An electronics organizer can save you plenty of time and frustration by keeping all your chargers, cables, memory cards, headphones and adapters in one handy pack.
Ziploc bags are a parent’s secret weapon when traveling. You can use them to store snacks, dirty clothes, nappy changing kits, puzzle pieces, small toys, crayons and leaky shampoo bottles. Be sure to add a few to your what to bring to Singapore list!
Be super organized for your next city trip. Download our fully comprehensive printable packing list, with checkboxes to ensure you don’t forget anything.
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