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Travel South East Asia: what to bring?

For people coming from countries which are not always warm, packing a bag for hot SE Asia is a hassle. What to pack? Or better: what not to pack? Why is there no decent list? Or at least not one which suits my needs? Because I never jotted one down.

My “rule” for packing is to do it in advance and only pack exactly what you think is essential … and then the next day, take half of what you packed out of your bag! After a few times it’s clear: you need hardly anything ‘over there’, unless you go hiking up in the mountains somewhere. And even then…

Always bring:

  • Your Basic Toiletries, depends on who you are, what you do, etc. For me: glasses and contacts. The rest of the stuff you can easily buy anywhere in Asia, like the top brands contact lens fluids. But you’ll need it anyway, so bring: toothpaste, toothpicks, EARPLUGS, nail clipper, paracetamol, aspirin, loperamide (against diarrhoea), THERMOMETER (always nice to know for sure if you have a slightly elevated temperature or a real fever before you go to a doctor)
  • Mosquito repellent (!) and maybe even a mosquito net (for if you’re not in an air-conditioned room: most hostels supply those nets, albeit not always in the best condition)
  • SUNGLASSES (you can by them everywhere, but never when you need them most)
  • Sunscreen (need I say more? SPF 30 or 50, don’t be fooled by a beach parasol: sun reflects of the water and of the sand!)
  • Underwear (5)
  • Socks (1 ‘regular’ and 1 or 2 footies)
  • Flip-flops (I always forget that I honestly hardly ever use shoes in SE Asia)
  • Light sneakers
  • Shorts (2) Lees verder