What a busy month! I’ve been trying to cram it all in – work, seeing friends and family, and all those thousand little trip prep things that need to get done before I get on the road and head out to Bali, Indonesia, the first stop on my travels. The most important part of my pre-trip prepping is my BRAND NEW Mountain Equipment Co-op fancy 70L backpack. Yes – it’s big, but since I will be gone for close to four months, I need something that’s gonna hold all my crap!
Oooo Aaaaah. Note the cool zipper front that allows you to see everything in your bag. I had too many frantic packing moments last year to not invest in a good backpack of my own. I also beat the S**T out of my last bag, so it was time for a new one!
I started packing with a jumble of stuff on the floor two months ago. Yes. Two months. I was excited!! I began with the things that served me well last year.
- Compressible pillow for long bus rides (MEC $20.00)
- Silk sleep sheet for comfort in grody SE Asia beds and questionable hostel sheets. (SAIL $30.00, don’t buy the cotton ones!! They are too heavy for equator climate!)
- Sarongs from Thailand which tripled as towels, beach blankets and scarves (get them overseas)
- Jean shorts. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. DONT buy these overseas, you will live in them)
- Laundry sheets for washing bras/underwear/anything
- Face wipes for sweaty refreshment
- Toilet paper. There is none in Asia. haha. you think im joking.
After doing this I emptied my closets and made some “maybe” piles with clothes that I wouldn’t mind losing if they did get stolen/lost/wrecked. Then the ruthless sorting began.
What can I absolutely not live without?
What are my basic essentials?
My Top Ten Packing Tips
- Don’t buy anything until you are sure you need it – try to use what you have already.
- Don’t bring a towel – it will get gross and dirty. Bring a little packtowel instead, one that dries fast.
- Bring comfortable underwear. Seriously. That lace thong that looked so cute in the mirror at home will not be pretty on a Bangkok day trip.
- Bring money. Lots of money. Also ways to store that money on your person without looking like a stupid tourist. That $50 you tuck into your bra or sock may just save your life.
- Bring all the meds you are used to taking ( Pepto, Immodium, Benadryl, Nyquil, Gravol, Advil, Aleve, Aerius) cause the stuff sold in drugstores may look the same but be formulated very differently in other countries.
- Go to the travel doctor and get your shots, heavy-duty motion sickness pills, and gross but potent bug spray.
- In your carry-on, pack a set of clothes, bikini, and wash up stuff, enough to last you 4 or 5 days without your big bag. My bag was delayed last year, and I would have been screwed without prepping this stuff and bringing it with me in my hand luggage.
- Keep your technology safe, dry and separate. Secure tangly wires with velcro ties and make note of all plugs, adaptors and chargers that you need while travelling.
- Dont bring any heavy stuff. Leave your books/guidebooks/CD’s/Weights/Whatever at home. You. Wont. Need. It
- Unpack when you have packed everything for the first time and take out two shirts, a pair of bottoms, and anything else you were undecided about. You. wont. need. it. Unpack your damn jeans too. Thats right. Let go of the jeans.
Dont forget your phone charger, pajamas and underwear!!
Ok that was eleven. Oh well. Happy Packing! If you have any questions, comments, quips or queries, please leave me a message below 🙂
Also, if you are curious, ask me for my itemized and categorized packing list and I will share it with you. It is extremely nerdy. I don’t care! I love organizing!
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- Ten Things I Learned While Travelling in SE Asia – Part One (fearlessadventure.wordpress.com)