This was one of the most puzzling factors for me prior to travelling. Jac and I were due to travel to South East Asia so I did a lot of thinking about what I should pack for an 11 month trip, with all sorts of weather and varying activities. I had a 55L backpack, so there was plenty of space for all the gear... But technically, I had absolutely no idea.
We've been travelling for 5 months now and now know exactly what to bring for 12 months of travelling. Especially due to having to chuck out some of our stuff from the beginning and buy ourselves a brand new wardrobe whilst we're here! Luckily for our travel fund, there will be no more shopping trips as we finally have everything we need! Therefore, I thought I would write a quick, to-the-point post about what you should take travelling if you are a female or male in South East Asia. Although, my first tip is do NOT buy any casual clothes back at home, expensive flip/flops or trainers, over-priced dresses/shirts or anything like that, just before you come out. You can buy all these things (for a fraction of the price that you would pay back at home) at any of the markets in any country! Save a little bit extra and spend some cash on some new clothes when you get here!
Please note this is an extensive list (with examples) for two people that are travelling for an extended time. If you're only planning on sunning it up in dry season in Thailand, you may want to think about giving a few things a miss! We'll leave that up to you. Lastly, we've also included an essential list of items you'll need to bring.
Complete women's packing list - South East Asia
Complete men's packing list - South East Asia
Unlike me, Jac packed too light and has ended up having to buy a few things out here! His recommendations for clothing is as follows (so the right way - boys)
Ultimate 'extras' packing list (For everyone)
And that's just about it! A fresh list of things you actually do need to bring travelling with you, written by a couple of travellers who have experienced wits end with their original packing and can give you their 100% guarantee that if you pack following this list... You will have everything you need when starting your adventure of a lifetime!
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