Backpacking is the way to go especially when travelling Southeast Asia. To make it a quick and easier way of getting in and out of airports, backpacking without checking in any bags is the most ideal. For my 25 day adventure this is what I packed.
Mind you, I am a photographer and my priorities for travelling always have the photography aspect ahead of everything else which meant sacrificing clothing and other material goods for all my computer and camera gear. All in all, I did a good job if I say so myself for packing and still have space to to return home with tons of goodies.
I have also included some comments beside items that I brought which in the end, were not needed or they were a MUST.
This is a good list to read through if you are also curious to see what gear I use to shoot during my travels.
THIS IS WHAT I PACKED:
Wearing on plane
1 pair of tights
1 t-shirt (you need at least one top that is “modest” to wear at temples to cover up.
1 pair of sneakers
1 pair of underwear
1 pair of socks
In Camera rucksack backpack (personal bag):
1 set of headphones
Passport – extra passport photos – money (CAD/USD)
Memory cards (6-8 – 64GB SD cards)
USB Cables – USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 / Micro / Card reader
4 nikon DSLR batteries
3 GoPro batteries
Outex waterproof system
TLR – Walzflex
6 rolls of 120mm film
Bag rain cover
Chargers – USB / Nikon / GoPro / Macbook
My travel buddy – Astrolapin
Glasses case/contact case
2TB external (WD Passport)
umbrella – Didn’t really need except for Hanoi & Koh Samui when it rained (but I didn’t even use it)
In Duffel bag – 42L North Face Basecamp Duffel (my carry-on bag):
Power bar & Plug convertor – Amazing to bring a power bar to charge everything at once
Combination lock – For hostel locker use
Drugs/Pills – malaria / diarrhea / cough / electrolyte
Baby powder – helps with being less sticky in humid areas and great for shoes after the jungle to remove odors
Tiger balm / topical antibiotic – Best thing to bring! Best for bug bites
Shampoo / body wash / contact solution /contact lenses – sterilizing solution like Clear Care solution doesn’t exist in SEA – bring more!
Feminine hygiene products – tampons / pads – Depending on where you are, it might be hard to find tampons
Razor – It might also be hard to find razors in some areas
Roll of toilet paper – LIFESAVER in Cambodia & Lao!
Powerbars (emergency food)
Mosquito bracelet / DEET – DEET IS A NECESSITY!
Water shoes – DIDN’T NEED
Flip flops – Everyone wears flip flops / crocs or croc like material footwear
Flats – DIDN’T NEED
3 pairs of socks
7 pairs of underwear
2 sports bra
3 bikini tops – 2/3 reversible – DIDN’T NEED ALL 3 – BUT threw out 1 pair
3 bikini bottoms – Threw out 1 pair
2 pairs of jean shorts
1 pair of volleyball shorts
2 pairs of shorts
1 PJ shirt
6 tops – 5 tanks / 1 dressy
1 long sleeve – only needed longsleeve for jungle
Foldable blanket – didn’t use but should’ve used in jungle
Foldable backpack – GREAT FOR DAY USE!
Drybag – great for island hopping and jungle