At this exact point in 7 days time I’ll be ready to board with my one way ticket to South East Asia!
Remember my last post on travel packing? It didn’t really go as planned..
Last time I challenged myself to lose a packing cube, which I have managed yay me!
So here is the final outcome – bar a last few bits I’m yet to buy (shampoo & conditioner, 2 X long sleeve tops and few other small toiletries)
My backpack weight: 13kg.
Then I have the detachable rucksack for flights/day time etc
I feel like I need to warn you as I’ve packed quite a lot, even though I’ve read everywhere to take 3-4 tops, 2 pairs of trousers etc. I just can’t do it. I’ve decided once I’m there to throw/donate things bit by bit instead.
This contains 3x vest tops, 3x tshirts, 2 nice tops and 1x printed pants. (I will be added 2x long sleeve tops to this for dusk/dawn to avoid mosquito bites). I also packed a white pashmina for colder nights/journeys and it also doubles as a sarong for the beach.
I tried each of these on to make sure they match most of/all of below so that I have lots of transferrable outfits.
2 X 3/4s – tan and black
2 X cargo shorts, tan and white
1x high waisted khaki shorts
1x long skirt (for temples where you need to cover up)
1x print tshirt dress, 1x black maxi and 1x multiway dress that wraps 10 different ways- I’d highly recommended one of these if you like a bit of variety.
All of this was folded and put into a vacuum bag.
6x bikinis, 1x kaftan
It also contains all my underwear which I’m sure you don’t need to see 😊
I have packed 1x multiway bra, 2x nude sports bra, 2x white sports bra and 7 pairs of cotton knickers. (Lots of underwear is essential as I have heard it’s very hard to come by in Asia)
All together the next 4 months of fashion for me looks like this…
I won’t list everything here as you can see the pic but some items I have reasoning for:
– 3/4 of a toilet roll, taken off the reel to save space. – a secret pouch full of tampons (I’ve read that both of these items aren’t always readily ‘available’ so I’m playing it safe) – hair serum: to tame my wild mane – miscellaneous water & cotton pads: I have problem skin & this is much better than wipes – piriton: I get bad prickly heat
I still need to get a number of things including talcum powder (doubles as dry shampoo) and bicarbonate of soda; can be used as a face wash, shampoo and deodorant so may be able to replace the big can.
So this all makes up the next 4 months of my life!
If you would like a full list of what’s inside, let me know and I’ll be happy to send you a checklist 😊
Is there anything vital that you think I’m missing that you don’t see?
In a couple of days I will post my hand luggage necessities and what out of this post needs to be in your rucksack for travelling throughout long journeys