TRAVEL Part 2 - What to take?

June 19, 2015

One of the great things I learned about travelling was how little stuff I actually needed to get by. You won’t need loads of different tops and dresses. You honestly won’t care what you wear, you’ll live in a bikini, casual clothes and flip flops for the majority of the time.

 

You may need a smart top, but generally you’ll be fine with strappy tops, shorts and wearing cheap accessories you can buy from the local markets - which also double up as souvenirs!

I prefer a backpack over a suitcase as I find it easier to just throw it on my back and go, instead of having to drag a suitcase behind me. But this is a personal choice and one you need to make for yourself. Some people get the biggest backpack they can find and stuff it full of clothing and things they’ll never use once on the road. Have a think about what size bag you actually need. And remember you’re going to be the one carrying it!!! Do you really need that extra pair of shoes now?!

 

My motto is take less than you think you’ll need, and if you do need something desperately you can always buy it while you’re travelling.

 

Put everything you think you need into one pile and then try to halve the amount of stuff you take. To make it even easier, I’ve put together a list of potential items you may want to take with you. 

 

The Essential Packing List!

 

Clothing

 

Layers will be better than carrying lots of big bulky items. The weather in Asia is also going to be a lot better than the UK!

 

underwear

socks

tops

t-shirts

pashmina

sarong

shorts

summer dress

bikinis

flipflops

trainers/flats

jumper

fleece

waterproof jacket

jeans

leggings

baseball cap

 

Electrical

 

adaptor

charger

mobile phone

kindle

 

Toiletries

 

face wipes

toothbrush

toothpaste

hairbrush

bobbles

kirby grips

makeup

sunscreen

shampoo

conditioner

tampons

condoms

nail file

tweezers

razor

 

General

 

Padlock

zip-ties 

neck pillow

small towel

wallet

bank cards

credit card

cash - USD/GBP

insurance card

passport

driving license

paperwork

watch

camera

selfie stick

small bag

sunglasses

headphones

small penknife or scissors

first aid kit 

pen

diary

guidebook

 

This list is by no means exhaustive and there will be things you’re definitely not going to take and other stuff maybe I haven’t mentioned that you will.

 

But this will be a great starting point in helping you to decided what makes the cut and what you need to leave behind.

 

If you think I’ve forgotten anything, then please comment below and let me know what else you would take when you go travelling. 

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