Follow this packing list if you’re backpacking Southeast Asia – Kiwi.com
You go South East Asia but i don’t know what to do pack? Whatever your travel itinerary, 4 weeks or 6 months, we have an listing of travel essentials you cannot forget on your trip.
Packing your bags for a long trip can be quite confusing, especially when the said trip will last for weeks or months. But fear not, we have all the tips and tricks here for you so nothing is stopping you from traveling to South East Asia.
First things first: what to pack when traveling during a pandemic
Traveling is supposed to be fun and exciting. However, during a pandemic it can become stressful. In order not to let travel anxiety take over you need to be prepared, which is why we have a control List for you.
- Check the current travel restrictions and entry requirements for your destination
- Make sure you have valid vaccines and COVID-19 test certificates
- Pack enough masks and hand sanitizer to get you through the first few days of your trip
- Take a few COVID-19 test kits home
- Stock up on COVID-19 travel insurance
- Make sure all your vaccines are up to date (not just the COVID-19 one)
What other documents to take on a trip to Southeast Asia and where to keep them
Unless you have an extra pair of eyes on the back of your head, make sure you don’t put all your money and important documents in one place inside your backpack. It is better to have your Valuable objects distributed among various places on you.
If an option, order one additional bank card which is either attached to your existing account or created a new account with a new card. Having two accounts, each with their own bank card, came to my rescue when I was living in South East Asia and my wallet was stolen from my backpack.
The same goes for all your important documents. Make copies or scans and save them in the cloud. Whether it’s your passport, driver’s license, travel insurance, or marriage certificate, you don’t want to lose them.
What to pack for Southeast Asia before it reaches the ventilator …
They say if you don’t have food poisoning in Southeast Asia, it’s like you’ve never been there. Fair enough, guess I’ve never been there then.
What probably saved my butt – literally – back then was a daily dose of probiotics. I haven’t come across a single day of moments please kill me now in the four months I’ve lived there even though there was very sketchy food and poor hygiene in question.
Just in case, you should bring a bundle of activated charcoal tablets or a special medicine that is suitable for the more resistant strains of gut bacteria and viruses that could cause discomfort.
Going along with avoiding unnecessary medical conditions is hand sanitizer. I also fell in love with soap sheets, which are super easy to carry. Just make sure your hands are dry before trying to pick up a sheet, otherwise they’ll all get wet and stick together.
And the last thing you need – depending on whether you plan to visit areas with abundant numbers of mosquitoes or other rather nasty and potentially disease-carrying insects – is a good one. mosquitoes repulsive. It is best to ask your local pharmacist and get one that is intended for use in Southeast Asia.
If you are a light sleeper, just like me, bring a pair of earplugs (or keep the ones they give you on the plane). Peaceful blue lagoons only become a reality once you get there, otherwise Southeast Asia can be a noisy mess.
I cannot speak for all countries and cities in Southeast Asia, but Asians tend to get up early. Very early. Too early for my taste. And in their homes, they keep noisy animals, like roosters.
What to pack for Southeast Asia so you don’t run out of juice …
Most places in Southeast Asia are quite developed, however, there’s a good chance you’ll have a hard time powering your devices. Remote areas and small islands can be particularly affected by power outages or natural phenomena. Make sure you wear a portable charging device with you.
Another reason to bring one is that power outlets vary from country to country, so you better be careful.
Take-out clothes for Southeast Asia so you don’t get into trouble
Dress conventions are hard to grasp, especially when trying to figure out which to pack when hiking, but getting them right is more than advisable. Even within the same Southeast Asian country, there can be some differences in what you are supposed to wear. Usually, women have to pay more attention to their clothes than men.
Religious sites in particular apply stricter rules in terms of clothing. On a beach in Bali it may be okay to wear bikinis, but a few miles away it can be totally inappropriate. Avoid stares and remarks by wearing a pareo or more appropriate clothing that will cover you from your shoulders to at least your knees.
Even if you are the most minimalist packer, sometimes it is better to pack a little more than less. If you are really short on space, you can always buy a sarong once you arrive in Southeast Asia.
Costs to consider when hiking in Southeast Asia so you don’t run out of money
How much you should budget for your trip will depend on your schedule and lifestyle. You also have to consider where you are going, tourist destinations are going to eat your money a lot faster than deserted islands.
If you want to travel on a budget, consider how much you spend in your daily life at home and compare that with local prices.
In addition to spending money, you will need to count in the costs of accommodation, transportation and meals.
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