I am notorious for over packing. A weekend trip to Chicago? Probably need a large suitcase, right? Over packing doesn’t create a major inconvenience when traveling stateside, but international travel – that’s when it can really hurt. In an effort to reduce my load, I’m limiting myself to a 70 liter backpack (which I’m hoping will pass as a carry on).
The trip is 19 days total and we will be visiting China, Thailand, and Cambodia, and we leave tomorrow! A list of what I’m packing is below..
Osprey Farpoint 70 // Detachable Daypack (zips into backpack) // Travelon Cross-Body
Why a carry on?
I had a terrible experience with *cough* Delta Airlines *cough* a few years ago when embarking on my first backpacking trip to Peru. I landed in Custco, ready to hike, sans luggage. After about an hour, a representative from the airport had me sign some papers (of course, in Spanish) and they let me know they’d contact me when they found the bag. Six days later, my bag arrived. It had been accidentally sent to The Netherlands – totally the wrong continent. Needless to say, going six days without clothes was more than enough to make me rethink future travel plans..
Compression Sack (for dirty clothes) // Undergarmets // 5 Tops // 4 Dresses // 2 Sarongs // Bathing Suit // 1 Pair of Shorts // 2 Pairs of Leggings // 1 Pair of Pants // Lightweight Jacket
I know some people are probably looking at this and thinking, ‘You totally don’t need that many clothes’, and you’re right. I could definitely get away with taking less, but I’m a fashion blogger, give me a break :p
Some important things to think about when packing for a trip like this, is packing things that are:
1. Culturally Appropriate: Female dress in Southeast Asia is relatively modest. Not only is it inappropriate to have lots of skin exposed, a lot of temples and places won’t permit you if your knees and/or shoulders are exposed. Plus, you don’t want to be the person that makes other uncomfortable, right?
2. Climate Appropriate: November is considered to be a ‘mostly dry’ month in Southeast Asia with temperatures averaging in the 80’s. They also have a lot of bugs. I tried packing lightweight items that are going to be cool and protect my skin (things that are loose and light).
Flats: Soda // Capri Universal c/o Teva // Northwater c/o Teva
Shoes are a thing that can really weigh down your pack. I’m taking a pair of regular flat shoes which I”ll probably wear in airports and at night if it cools down a little. According to travel books, most people in SE wear flip flops, I prefer an ankle strap (it just feels more secure). Lastly, the flats on the right will be my hiking/walking shoe. According to Teva, these are perfect for long days on your feet. All of these shoes weight next to nothing, and are flexible, so you can stuff them into the sides of your pack if need be.
Travel Books // Passport // First Aid Kit // 100% Deet // Antibacterial Wipes // Hand Sanitizer // Travel Journal // Sunglasses // Point and Shoot Camera // ZzzQuil // iPad // Toiletries Bag
Travel Books: I use Lonely Planet books and these things are lifesavers. Maps, tips, travel recommendations, I’ve used them on all my trips, and they have never steered me wrong.
Travel Journal: Before my last trip I hadn’t taken a travel journal. Paul’s mom gave me this one before my trip to Central America last year, and it seriously changed the way I travel. I plan to write in it each day, record my expenses, and tape receipts/photos directly into it – great way to keep memories!
100% Deet: This stuff was a little difficult to track down, most places have 30% Deet. But due to the bug situation over there it is recommended that if you’re traveling you should use 100% Deet.
ZzzQuil: 14 hour plane ride. Enough said.
First Aid Kit: Just in case
Point and Shoot: We’re taking a ton of photography equipment, but fancy cameras can sometimes be a hassle, so having a small camera that’s easily accessible will be nice.
Toiletries Bag: Filled (to the max) with all standard essentials (don’t forget your toothbrush!)
What am I forgetting? Let me know in the comments!
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