PACKING FOR 9 MONTHS… AND ALL I BROUGHT WAS THIS

  • November
    23

    I’m traveling around South East Asia for the next 9 months and needed to pack light. I bought a 40L pack and took what I could. I needed a variety of things since I was not only traveling but also attempting to work. So, I needed casual clothes, work clothes, some medical equipment, my laptop, and sport specific equipment.

    TIP--> Bring a 40L or smaller pack to avoid checking-in your bag at the airport
    My luggage for the next 9 months

    My luggage for the next 9 months

    Below is a list of the items I brought with me with additional tips for efficient packing!

    THE CRITICAL:

    • Laptop with chargers (only critical for some internet junkies)
    • Converter (but so far Thailand has had all-in-one outlets)
    • Passport (with at least 6 months prior to expiry), credit card, debit card (with Plus symbol), health card, travel insurance card, driver’s license, international driver’s license (optional)
      TIP–> photocopy everything including your birth certificate and all phone numbers in cases of lost or stolen cards
    • money in the local currency and USD (some places like Cambodia and Vietnam use USD as primary currency)
    • small hand sanitizer

    CLOTHES (optional since you can buy everything in Thailand for cheap):

    • 7 undies
    • 2 sport’s bras
    • 5 socks
      TIP–> Bring a few pairs or “quick-dry” undies and socks for emergency washing
    • 3 tops
    • 1 dressy top
      TIP–> For females, bring shirts with built in bras and a comfortable elastic band for comfort while travelling long distances
    • 2 shorts
    • 1 legging
    • 1 capris
    • 1 skirt
      TIP–> Roll your clothes for tight and effective packing
    • 1 long sleeve (for A/C and to cover from the strong sun)
    • 1 rain coat and or warm jacket (if needed)
      TIP–> Try to avoid traveling in the monsoon season (Aug-Oct)
      TIP–> Get a tight folding and light weight jacket. (I found the UNIQLO to be the best)

    SHOES:

    • 1 flip flop
    • 1 flat (optional for fancier dinners or work attire)
    • 1 running shoe
    • 1 climbing shoe (optional; it’s more difficult to buy good rock climbing shoes and chalk)
      TIP–> Use packing boxes to compartmentalize your stuff for easy access and storage

    TOILETRIES:

    • wet wipes
    • toothbrush with sanitary cover
    • disposable towels (they come as small tablets and expand in water for 1 time use)
    • Quick-dry full-size travelling towel
    • detergent
      TIP–> Pack laundry detergent. Getting your laundry washed for you is cheap, but not always available
    • comb (optional)
    • contacts (enough to last my entire trip) and glasses
    • Diva cup (ladies, this will save you from the embarrassing Thai-English translations at the store and they are fantastic for travelling)
    • Nail clippers
    • Hair elastics and clips
    • razor
    • Ear plugs and eye covers (optional to help sleep on buses and dorms)
    • Toilet paper (just in case for long hikes or visiting some rural temples)
    • Supplements (Berberry and Black walnut for parasites; melatonin to adjust to the jet lag; heat stable probiotics, personal medication if needed)
    • Plastic or cloth bags for laundry and other needs
      TIP–> 7/11s are everywhere and can do everything from purchase a meal to paying a bill to buying your toiletries

    LIQUIDS:

    • hand sanitizer,
    • contact solution
    • shampoo and conditioner
    • traumeel (a lot)
    • tooth paste
    • face cream (with SPF)
    • SPF sun screen
    • bug spray (citronella)
    • Anti-itch cream
    • Grape seed extract (to clean the water, but I haven’t been using it)
      TIP–> Pack all your liquids (under 90ml) in a see-through baggy at the top of your knap sack for easy access through customs

    ELECTRONICS

    • Camera and charger
    • Phone and charger and head phones
      TIP–> Local SIM cards are dirt cheap for those sticky and unpredictable scenarios. I was recommended True Move and it works well ($20 per month for minutes and unlimited data) which I purchased from the airport.
    • Flash light
    • Head phones

    OTHER

    • Sunglasses
    • Hat (optional)
    • Blanket and neck pillow that blows up (optional)
    • Bedding (optional)
    • Locks
      TIP–> I’ve been overly cautious to lock up my bag walking around, in hostels, and on the overnight bus rides. There are lots of sneaky fingers reaching into pockets and so far I’ve been lucky to not have anything stolen.
    • Side bag/ pouch/ knap sac (for day trips and visits to the market)
    • Money belts (I never end up wearing them on the daily basis, but they are nice for overnight buses)
    • Water bottle (optional because I find I’m often just buying water to ensure it’s clean)
    • Snacks (nuts, bars, electrolyte powder, greens powder, ginger candy as anti-nausea, gum)
    • Cards or games (optional)
    • Business cards (optional if you are trying to market yourself for work)
    • First aid kit and homeopathic emergency remedy kit
    • Medical supplies (Optional Blood Pressure cuff, Stethoscope)
    I have to say that I’m proud of my packing job. It’s hard to pack for such a long duration since you never know what you will need and you don’t want to weight yourself down. I can’t say that there is anything on this list that I wish I didn’t bring or am in desperate need of.
    And remember, traveling in South East Asia is affordable and you can purchase anything you forgot for a good deal, especially clothes.

    Happy travels,

    Alison


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