I’ve done a fair bit of travelling to India, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia and have managed to cut down exactly what I need to pack as the basics for my travels. Anything else I need then I buy there.
- Passport, or you’re going nowhere!
- Flight tickets.
- Travel Insurance paperwork.
- Your driving licence if needed. Worth keeping copies of all these on your email account.
- Foreign currency, some small denomination included for Taxi’s etc.
- Credit Card, always handy as a back-up and to book flights.
- Debit Card, worth seeing if you have to notify your bank about where you’re travelling to.
- Pre-paid card, I’ve never used one of these but can avoid some charges from using the above. Worth keeping details of phone numbers for reporting Lost/Stolen cards.
- Hoodie or jumper for on the plane.
- T-shirts, normally I take 5 maximum.
- Shorts, just 1 pair.
- Light-weight Trousers, normally wear jeans for flight.
- Socks, couple of pairs, mainly wear flip flops anyway.
- Flip Flops, wear trainers for flight.
- Camera, I’ve now got a DSLR so it takes up a bit more room but a decent compact like this waterproof one will do, don’t forget the charger!
- Phone, I normally take an old phone that can play music and I don’t mind losing (have lost a few) and charger!
- Bluetooth Speaker, I’ve found these produces great sound and can be charged with phone charger.
- Headphones, some nice lightweight in ear ones like these, some airlines have their own stupid plugs you can’t use though.
- Travel adaptor, this one has been so handy in India, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.
- Sunglasses, I wouldn’t trust the UV protection from any you buy whilst away unless in Duty Free.
- Contact Lenses, I’m short sighted so take enough to wear every other day.
- Torch, LED head torches are small and last ages
- Sun cream, very expensive if you buy abroad, the travel versions at supermarkets are rip-offs though so decant some.
- Book, you can’t beat a good book, hard to find whilst abroad, here’s my Top 10 Travel Writer Books
- Deodorant, a compressed can is good for freshening up at airport stopovers.
- Toothpaste and brush.
- Insect repellent, check out the area you’ll be going Here You might also need a Mosquito net if it’s bad area.
- Money Belt, there’s many different kinds available, good to keep a small stash of money hidden somewhere else as back-up as well.
If there’s anything else you think I’ve missed off then please let me know in the comments, thanks.