Before going on my trip I had several questions on what items to bring. There are some pretty good guides out there, but many of them were sponsored guides and I doubted their credibility. Others were just so complicated. Below I wrote a simple guide on what to pack for your backpacking trip to South East Asia. Or any country that does not involve cold weathers.
If you want a printable Packing list.
Start With the Essentials
- First you will need a backpack and optionally a day pack, you can check out my guide on how to choose the right one.
- Passport (obviously)
- Money (a credit card + some cash, then use the credit card to pull out)
- Driver’s licence (if you plan on driving)
- Cellphone + charger (useful for booking, planning and taking care of banking related activities)
Technically that’s all you need, throw in a few days worth of clothes and then anything else you can purchase there for much cheaper than back home. However, I’m assuming that most are not comfortable doing so.
We Continue with the Basics
Extras for your bag.
- Ziploc bags to store your clothes in or packing cubes. (Keeps dirty and clean separated and is actually efficient for storage management)
- Rain cover for your bag
- Locks for bags and lockers
- Printed passport and ID’s in case of loss.
About a weeks worth of clothes:
- T-shirt (4)
- Tank top (2)
- Shorts (2)
- Pants (1) (Opt for light hiking pants. Don’t bring jeans, you will suffer)
- Socks (3-7) (all depends on how often you’ll wear shoes instead of flip flops.)
- Underwear (7)
- Bathing suit
- Flip flops and/or loafers
- Light rain coat and/or poncho
If you’re checking in your bag, you can bring soap, however if you’re bringing your bag as a carry on you can’t go through customs with liquids so you’d have to buy it there or bring bar soap. I’m still giving you the full list.
- Toothbrush + Toothpaste
- Shaving tool
- Soap (can buy at destination)
- Sunscreen (can buy at destination)
- Mosquito repellent
- Diarrhea medication (Pepto Bismol and Imodium)
- Hand sanitizer
- Microfiber towel (they dry fast and don’t take much room)
Everything listed below is optional and based on your own needs and purpose for the trip.
- Laptop + charger (Only bring your laptop if you need it for work related reasons, if not it’ll be a burden)
- Camera + batteries + charger + memory cards
- Extension cord
- Portable led light
- Portable charger
- Portable hard drive
- Thai phrasebook (to learn the language)
- Notebook + pen (journaling)
Others (I bought some of these in Thailand, and some I didn’t bring at all):
- Light pants
- Paracord bracelet
- Mosquito net
- First aid kit
- Travel pillow
- Earplugs and sleep mask
- Reusable water bottle
- Bandanna/light scarf
- Anti bacterial wet wipes
(Everything in bold character are things that I would bring on my next trip to Thailand. Everything else are items that might be of use to others and that is why I added them to the list.)
That sums up the list.
If you have any questions concerning brands or other items let me know in the comment section below.