Wanna pack like a pro? Teacake has the answers. You’ll be able to go from A to B effortlessly without a) looking like a turtle/snail and b) wishing you had worked out at the gym so you can carry everything you have + the kitchen sink. Here’s TeacakeTravels ultimate backpacking packing list for Asia regardless of whether you’re going for one month or one year: this will do you just fine.
- A 32 litre backpack: TRUST ME, the smaller your bag, the less you’ll pack, the more comfortable you’ll be and the easier it will be on transport. With this size, you won’t have to pay any luggage fees on the plane either
- Passport: You ain’t getting anywhere without this mate
- 5 pairs of underwear
- 5 pairs of socks
- 2 bras
- Swim stuff
- A long sleeved t shirt: protect yourself from the sun / don’t be a cheese grater if you fall off that bike!
- 2 t-shirts
- 2 vest tops
- 1 pair of leggings
- 1 pair of baggy hippy traveller pants
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 skirt
- A thin jumper / cardigan / fleece
- Party dress: to party like it’s 1999
- Flip flops: to be a beach bum
- Closed toe sneakers / trainers: because motorbiking with flip flops may result in being a four-toed toad
- Sunglasses: be a hipster
- Travel towel: get a quick-drying thin one so you’re not hanging around waiting for it to dry like it’s paint
- Day bag: sling it over your shoulder and pop out without that backpack always being on your back
- Blow up neck pillow: don’t be a pain in the neck
- Eye mask: maybe you don’t want to be looking at other people
- Ear plugs: maybe you don’t want to be hearing other people
- Mini torch (a wind-up one is the way to go): no one wants to pee in the dark
- Plug adapter: plug it in wherever you want baby
- Camera: take photos, lots of them…so you can inspire others 😀
- Phone: a simple Nokia one will do to call your backpacker mates
- Kindle / Tablet / Laptop: read lots of cool books / blog / skype / facebook / twitter hurrah!
- Chargers/Batteries: there’s nothing worse then bringing the item and forgetting the wire!
- Electronic copies: flight tickets / passport / drivers licence / credit and debit cards / insurance – if stuff goes tits up, you’ll have these to save your ass. I email mine to myself and also have a backup on Dropbox. I also store and regularly back up my photos on here – I’ve had many traveller friends lose their photos! Some make sure to take out the storage card before they get on transport so that if the camera gets taken, their memories don’t.
- Lock and key: lots of hostels provide the locker but not the lock
- Money belt: Wear a neck or waist one under your clothes – if you’re a lady and like wearing bras, lucky you has an extra money belt right there
- Zip lock bags: separate your dirty clothes / keep electronics dry / store food nom nom
- Condoms: pack your favourites if you really need to or just wait and buy them at your destination
- Multifunctional headwear buff: keep your hair looking half-decent / protect your face / look badass on a bike / please don’t rob a bank
- Bulldog clips: keep your snacks closed and fresh / hang up your washing / keep your wires organsied / keep papers together = bulldog clips are freaking awesome
- Square scarf: get a thin but mahoosive one so you can wear it on the beach / dry yourself off / put it over dodgy bed mattresses / use it as a blanket / sit on it / stop monks from seeing how wonderfully enticing you are in a temple
One luxury item
For me it’s makeup and a super comfy sleeping bag when I’m rocking out in my tent. Here’s a lovely one from Outwell to do the trick! What’s your luxury item?
- Guidebook: not for everyone but I love them
- Dive Mask: Lots of divers like to use their own
- Multifunctional headwear buff
- YOU DON’T NEED Hiking boots / sticks: they’re obviously awesome but you can hike without them
- Long sleeved t-shirt
- Long pants / leggings
- Multifunctional headwear buff
- Don’t drive like a dick on crack
Once you get there
- Tiger balm: Lifesaver! Burns / bites / weird itchy skin – this is the magic stuff
- Antibacterial hand gel: No need to be a germphobe but it’s definitely useful
- Tissues: because wiping your booty with leaves can kinda suck
- Pen and paper: as a woman, it’s always good to leave a note in your room to let people know where you’re off to – if you get a bit lost, they’ll have an idea
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