4 days itinerary & packing for Singapore

4 days itinerary & packing for Singapore
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I first visited Singapore in 2008, since then I’ve gone back twice and each time it leaves me wanting to stay a little more. Singapore has been the perfect place to spend a few days. As a family we enjoy the delicious food, futuristic sights, and admire the cleanliness and efficiency of the country. It seems Singapore is way advanced in doing many things as with each visit I found the city getting better with new attractions. Let’s have a look at packing essentials that I never miss when visiting Singapore.

Packing essentials for Singapore


TRAVEL SUNSCREEN // It is the first thing on my list. You most definitely want sunscreen in Singapore. The days in Singapore are generally sunny. I highly recommend applying / carrying a sunscreen with no skin -irritating ingredients or fragrance. Especially when you are going for water activities so it will not damage the coral reef.


MULTI SOCKET PLUGS // I always recommend to pack a few of these extra multiple socket adapters since I usually have to charge my cell phone and multiple camera batteries. These are great to have on hand.


POWER ADAPTER // you will definitely need a power adapter for your electronics. Even for your other travel having a power adapter is always beneficial.


TRAVEL PILLOW // I used to be against the idea of carrying around a neck pillow for an entire trip but having a comfortable neck pillow is really beneficial for long flights. Strap it on to your carry on backpack and it won’t take up any space in your luggage.


SWIMWEAR // swimwear is a must in packing list for Singapore as it is full of stunning pools.


SUN HAT & EYE SHADES// having a hat on my head and glasses on my eyes during my trip to Singapore was a lifesaver in the sunny city. The sun was so hot and bright at times, a hat was a must. A hat has been one of my travel essentials for traveling to Asian countries. Bonus: it looks really stylish!

Singapore 4 day Itinerary

Here is a list of some things to do during each day in Singapore. During a stay in Singapore there are so many attractions that one could include in the itinerary. Let’s have a look.

Day 1

Take the first day to explore the city nearby to your accommodation. Here are some easy things we’d recommend doing on your first day.

Explore Bugis Street

We were lucky to book out hotel near to Bugis street. It had a good connectivity to all the tourist areas in Singapore and had its own shopping center. Bugis Street is also known as one of the biggest and cheapest shopping markets in Singapore. You’ll find plenty of cheap clothes, accessories, jewelry and souvenirs. If you are not staying around the area, getting to Bugis Street is not difficult at all. Just take the train to Bugis MTR Station and its right there.

Walk Haji Lane

One can take the MTR to Bugis Station and it’s only a short 5 minute walk to Haji Lane. Haji Lane is a little gem in the middle of Singapore and is often best described as the hipster part of the city. You’ll find many trendy bars and quirky cafe’s. The area attracts a lot of tourists and mainly young people looking for a great place to hang out. If you’re looking to do some trendy shopping or try a cool cafe, definitely don’t skip Haji Lane from your 4 day Singapore itinerary.

Try local cuisine

Singapore has the best chili crab. Local street food is also a good option to try. Hawker Centre is a place that has large food center comprising of so many eating joints that serve delicious local food for a very reasonable price. They offer pocket friendly food including full meals, snacks and also deserts and drinks. At Hawker center you’ll often find plenty of Chinese, Malay and Indian food options as well.

In the evening watch the Spectra Light Show

You can end your first day with a spectacular light and water show. It is a free show to watch for anyone. Make your way around the bay to the opposite side of the Merlion and head towards Marina Bay Sands. The Spectra light show happens two times every evening at 8:00PM and 9:00PM and the duration of this show is 15 minutes. After the show you can have your dinner at one of the many restaurants around the bay.

Day 2

The second day is all about exploring so make sure you had enough sleep and good breakfast to stay charged up! Today’s activities are on the same side as Marina Bay Sands. You can easily reach below places by taking a metro to Bay front MTR Station. Otherwise you can take a taxi or call for Uber.

Art Science Museum

Start the day by visiting The Art Science Museum. The museum doesn’t open till 10am so you can start the day a bit slow. If you are travelling as a family, it would be good to visit on Fridays as Kids enter free. If you can, try planning your visit around Fridays. It is a great way to save money in expensive Singapore.The museum showcases different exhibitions depending on when you visit, however the most popular one is Future World. Ticket prices for single exhibitions are $19 SGD per person and double exhibitions are $32 SGD.

Visit Marina Bay Sands followed by Lunch

Marina Bay Sands shopping complex is just outside the Art Science Museum. So after finishing with the Museum you can head to window or real shopping at Marina Bay Sands. You will find all the high end international brand stores and designer clothing here. Marina Bay Sands has food court serving local and international cuisine. It’s a good idea to have some lunch or comfort food at the food court located on the ground floor.

Gardens by the Bay

Visiting Gardens By The Bay is one thing you can’t skip from your Singapore itinerary. Since all attractions are in the same area after shopping, you can take a walk through Marina Bay Sands and head along the skywalk towards Gardens by the Bay. Gardens by the Bay is massive so be sure to visit with plenty of time.

  • Cloud Dome:

The Cloud Dome has 6 levels with sky walks that are surrounded by lush greenery and mist as well as breathtaking viewpoints of the conservatory. Make sure to spend hours walking around each level learning about all the different types of plants and utilizing all the great selfie spots.

  • Flower Dome:

The Flower Dome is a conservatory full of exotic flowers which are from 5 different continents. The flower dome is the largest glass greenhouse in the world.

  • Floral Fantasy:

Floral Fantasy is the newest attraction at Gardens by the Bay. As soon as you walk in, you will be delighted with the smell of thousands of fresh flowers. You’ll find beautiful flowers hanging from the roof, as well as completely covering the walls.

Garden Rhapsody Light Show

Garden Rhapsody show is a free light show that happens every night. The show starts at 7.45pm and 8.45pm daily. Make sure to secure your spot early enough to have a good watch of the he light show as it does get very busy. Garden Rhapsody is a beautiful experience of music and light dancing right in front of your eyes. If you thought Gardens by the Bay was beautiful during the day, just wait till you see it at night.

Day 3

Get yourself a $10 day pass for the MTR to explore Singapore’s cultural side. Indulge in delicious street food or visit one of the many trendy cafes.

Discover Little India

As the name suggests, when you walk around Little India you’ll smell the spice shops and spot many Indian restaurants. The place has textiles, Jewelry, flower stalls and even Indian street food. You can get a great taste of what it’s like to travel India. The streets are also super colorful and are a popular spot for some Indian shopping. Getting to Little India is also super easy. Just take the train to Little India MTR Station and walk.

Visit the famous Merlion statue

The Merlion is Singapore’s national icon and also one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city. The Merlion overlooks Marina Bay and is located at Merlion Park. Many tourists visit this iconic place to check out the famous icon with the stunning view of Marina Bay.

Shopping at Chinatown

If you are a shopaholic than Chinatown should be on your list. Chinatown also has its own MTR Station that making it super easy to reach China town. It is a busy area that offers plenty of shopping opportunities. You can find just about anything here, from cheap gadgets and accessories to souvenirs and yummy street food.

Clarke Quay

Clare Quay is a popular recommendation as one of the best things to do in Singapore at night. The area is famous for its stunning waterside restaurants and variety of bars and clubs. There is plenty of live music and the atmosphere feels lively.

Day 4

The last day is all about taking your exit rituals in consideration. There’s plenty of time during the day to do your own thing. Take the day to enjoy strolling around or a swim in your hotels pool or going shopping for souvenirs.

Shop at Orchard Road

Orchard Road is Singapore’s most famous shopping area. You’ll find everything from discount outlets, department stores as well as luxury boutiques. It is a shopper’s paradise.

Sunset Cocktail at Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck

Save the best till last and finish off your 4 day Singapore itinerary in style. Head up to the top floor of Marina Bay Sands. Once at the top, you can enjoy incredible panoramic views of Marina Bay and the stunning Singapore cityscape. Take in the views overlooking Gardens by the Bay and even hang around to watch the light show from a unique perspective. One can enjoy an evening cocktail as you watch the sunset over the beautiful city skyline.

Additional things to include in Singapore itinerary

4 days are a limited amount of time to explore Singapore, There are plenty of other things to do in Singapore if you have more time.

Universal Studios

Universal Studios Singapore is one of the more fun things to do in Singapore. The theme park features 28 rides, plenty of shows, and also a ton of attractions in different zones. They have 7 unique themed zones which include The Lost World, Ancient Egypt, Sci-Fi City, New York, Hollywood, Madagascar, and Far Far Away. You can experience all your favourite movies in unique and exciting ways. Universal Studios Singapore ticket prices: A one day costs $79 SGD per adult and $59 SGD per child. Make sure you do not miss the Souveniors while exiting.

A day trip to Sentosa Island

Sentosa is an island resort which has pristine beaches, shows and tropical landscapes. You’ll also find plenty of family activities such as the S.E.A. Aquarium, Waterparks, Nature Discovery Walks, Indoor Skydiving and plenty of other thrill seeking activities at the Mega Adventure Park. Sentosa Island is a great holiday destination in itself. Make sure to take enough time when you visit this spectacular island.

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Hope I have not missed anything while making the most out of 4 days in Singapore. Let me know in comments what do you like best about Singapore?



A wanderlust follower who believes travel broadens your horizons. I love to explore new places & beauty of nature as it fuels life into my soul.

2 thoughts on “4 days itinerary & packing for Singapore

    1. Hi Ayushi,

      Most of the months are either sunny or rainy to visit Singapore. I personally feel September or October are good months to visit far east.

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