I guess I could be talking about Donald Trump right now, but I’m pretty sure I’ve spent the last 48 hours already talking about it. A lot of the most obvious things have already been said and until I come up with anything uniquely pertinent to say on the subject I’m going to stop saying much at all.

That being said, maybe this has a shred of relevance if you or someone you know claims to be one of the crowd that wants to pack up their shit and get the hell out of the US.

I tried my best to pack pretty minimally when I travelled to Asia last year in April. I just discovered a picture I took of the contents of my bag before I left and thought it might be interesting/helpful for anyone considering a trip to South East Asia (or anywhere else) in the near future.

I admit that some stuff was accidentally left out of this picture (but not much!)

I don’t pretend to really have the whole minimalist thing down pat; some people out there have done a way better job of this than me. Seeing as it was my first major trip, I needed to overpack for my own sanity, and I needed to discover what was useful and what wasn’t for myself.

Most Useful Items

  • Passport/Money Carrier (pictured bottom left): My sister lent me this little document and money organizer thing she got from MEC, and it was honestly the most useful thing ever. Everything sorted, in one place, zippered pockets: godly.
  • Compression Sack (pictured center, below sunglasses):  I jammed all of my clothes into this thing, and then I buckled it down and tightened the straps turning all of my clothes into a manageable little clothing brick. So awesome, honestly.
  • Quick-Dry Towel (green towel, top right): Need I say more? They’re tiny, they get the job done, and they dry so damn fast.

Least Useful Items

  • Plug Adapter (center above batteries): You seriously don’t need this in most places in South East Asia as far as I encountered. Two months of travel and I didn’t discover one non-American (Canadian?) plug in any hostel I stayed at. (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia)
  • Pants: It is a good idea to have them possibly for visiting Temples because you have to your legs covered past the knees at some. I did visit in the hot/dry season, but still–it is f*cking hot there. Be prepared to walk around pretty much the whole time with them in the bottom of your bag, never putting them on.

Here’s a full list (possibly missing a couple things, I’ll update if I discover I missed anything):

  • 3 t-shirts
  • 2 button up shirts
  • 4 pairs of underwear
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • Hoodie
  • Rain Jacket
  • One pair of pants (swear to god I didn’t where them more than twice)
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • Bathing Suit
  • 8 Large ziplock bags
  • Compression Sack
  • Quick Dry towel
  • Backpack rain cover
  • Travel Guide
  • Journal
  • Pen
  • Passport/Money Organizer
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries (for the flashlight)
  • Lock
  • Digital Camera
  • Camera Charger
  • Phone Charger
  • Plug Adapter
  • Travel Shampoo
  • Travel Sunscreen
  • Travel toothbrush
  • Toilet paper
  • Mini First aid kit
  • Mini Aloe Vera (saved my ass on multiple occasions)
  • Touque
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandana
  • Painkillers
  • Gravol
  • Ear Plugs
  • Capo
  • Guitar Picks

5 thoughts on “-9- Packing Light for South East Asia

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