What clothes to pack.
Deciding on what clothes to pack for 6 months backpacking around SE Asia. Pretty standard trip.
I like to travel light so I was thinking the following. Let me know what you think!
3 pairs of shorts
1 pair of swim shorts
1 pair of jeans (for evenings)
as much underwear and socks as I can fit...
as many light t-shirts as i can fit in...
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hmm...im in the same predicament at the moment...thanks for the tips. Id also pack a mosquito net...am told its a life saver, a quick dry travel towel.
Ive decided to stay away from jeans as theyre bulky, very heavy during summer season, take ages to dry and just wouldnt be the comfiest. Instead of jeans im going for a light skirt and fisherman pants. Reply to this
You don't need 3 pairs of shorts. Seriously - you're travelling in Southeast Asia so you can pick up so much of that for cheap! Check out Kao San road in Bangkok or the various markets there.I would really only bring a big supply of your own clothing if you're an extra large person who wouldn't fit into asian standards of size or footwear. If you are keen on bringing your own clothing, consider quick-dry as its easy to wash and wicks sweat away from your body - important in humid countries.
You can save that space in your backpack by bringing things to give away to fellow travellers/locals while travelling thats representative of your home. ie. hard candies, etc.
I definitely agree with the quick dry towel and you may want to consider a lightweight sleep sheet if you're staying in cheaper hostels/hotels.
I think there are other threads on packing, give them a search if you need more advice or email me. Reply to this
I would suggest instead of all the shorts that you go with some convertible pants so you can have leg covering when it is appropriate (at nights and in almost all temples), but can still have shorts during the day when it is hottest. Depending on when you are going, you probably won't need the hoody (assuming you are talking about a hooded sweatshirt), but I would recommend the lightweight rain jacket that folds down small. It rains a lot depending on the time of year and it is light enough that you won't sweat to death. We also always bring a small fabric hammock with us...can be used in many ways but is really nice to have on some of the out of way places. Oh...and last but not least, make sure you have some kind of sarong...either get one in Thailand or bring one with you, they come in very handy...I don't know how many times mine has saved me. Reply to this
The best travel advice I ever got was "Pack half as many clothes as you need and twice as much money". Seriously, clothes cost nothing in Asia, so don't bring more than a pair of shorts, two Tshirts and a change of underwear. Reply to this
I had in SE asia : one pants with zipable legs, badies, 2 t-shirts, one hoodie, 3 undies, flip flops and lots of fun !
Seriously my pack had the size of half a daypack most people carry additional to their (enormous) Backpack and it felt soo good. Saved me a lot of money too, course everybody headed once in town to the next hotel, where i would walk around 5hrs to see everything and find the best hotel just by the way. No moto, tuk tuk or rishkadriver hasseld me with "hotel,hotel,hotel" and fighting for a seat in bus was possible without an anchor on my back !
Oh yeah, im not a pig actually, i took most of the times my stuff into the shower and washed on spot ... being dry anyway 20min after. Reply to this