There is no dearth of blogs and lists all over the internet that address the concept of packing for a backpacking adventure. But, what many lack is the actual practicality pertaining to traveling in a certain-litred backpack. With the gamut of activities (got to have on your travel planner!) that South East Asia bequeaths you with combined with its tropical–hot and humid climate, packing must be given a special heed. Here’s a list of ten items that break down the absolute essentials in your backpack.
- A good backpack
First things first, a good container to hold all your backpacking requisites. A good backpack is anything close to 35 litres. Avoid overpacking as you are likely to get more than what you go with.
It is best to carry a good set of modest clothing bearing in mind the fact that there are many temples in South East Asia as well as a number of Islamic countries. Clothing items like jeans, jackets and the likes that occupy more space must be skipped too.
- Running shoes
Because hiking and walking in the quaint lanes is a must while exploring most of the countries here. All those glitzy night markets will require a lot of walking too!
- Electronic gadgets
A laptop and a good phone can suffice your interests in photography, more so, if you are a blogger. So, you can ditch your mammoth camera! However, a small portable charger, perhaps something like the lipstick sized portable charger can be absolutely handy.
- A valid passport
It is best to hold a passport that is six months away from its expiry! After all, the last thing you want is to have your trip planner roughed.
- Travel Insurance
Subject to the country you are traveling to in Southeast Asia, it is a good idea to hold an evacuation coverage. Besides, the repose of possessing a travel insurance is definitely worth it!
- A water filter
The risk of diarrhea from water in a foreign country is not easy to rule out, more so if it is some place in Southeast Asia. A portable water filter, like a purifying straw, can be very handy!
- Travel charger/ adapter
Countries in Southeast Asia usually feature plugs for three flat spades type plug, with a few exceptions of holding standard two flat spades type plugs used in American countries.
- A Raincoat
Southeast Asia countries are subject to very heavy rainfall. Depending on the time of your travel you may encounter rains and it is best advised to keep hold of a solid raincoat!
- Mosquito repellent
It’s warm and wet weather has Southeast Asia counted as one of the most potent grounds for dengue, many Southeast Asian countries don the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. Thus, if you are not vaccinated, a mosquito repellent has got to make its way to your backpack.
Once, these items are tucked into your backpack, rest assured you are on your way to make one jazzy itinerary planner!