Wondering what to pack for Southeast Asia? I’ve got you covered. For the better part of the start of 2016, my life felt a bit chaotic. I was moving out of Korea and putting aside items to ship to New Zealand. I was choosing which items I should bring back to America. On top of that, I had to decide what to pack for Southeast Asia and donating or selling leftover items. It was overwhelming, but it all seemed to work out in the end.
Choosing which items to pack for Southeast Asia wasn’t difficult, but I will admit that it was challenging to imagine what I was going to need over the course of four to five months. Since learning how to be a mindful traveler is something that is important to me, I researched cultural norms as far as what is acceptable to wear at various temples as well as on a day-to-day basis but also made sure to bring clothes that I could bum around in most days. Bare in mind not to bring items that you absolutely love on long-term trips, as you’ll most likely lose something or worse – get bed bugs while traveling.
I’ve provided a comprehensive list of the items that I’ve chosen to bring with me over the next few months. Keep in mind, the weather in Southeast Asia is extremely hot and humid. Part of my travels will be over the course of the region’s monsoon season. A
My main pack is a 65L Osprey Ariel Women’s backpack. What I love most is that it is bottom, top and front loading. This made the packing process much easier as I was able to easily put items such as my sneakers and raincoat at the bottom and make my way to the top. The front loading access makes unpacking or finding items extremely easy. In addition to its excellent loading options, I am impressed that Osprey’s Ariel series offers a heat-moldable hipbelt, adjustable torso and women-specific contouring. This pack is an excellent choice for anyone out there who is short or has a smaller back like me!
I use a Jansport Tulare 33 as my carry-on. The durable pack has awesome organization compartments that enable me to stash my items and have easy access to them during travel time. The pack comes with an interior 15″ laptop sleeve, padded, adjustable shoulder straps, a 3L hydration sleeve and three large, two-way zip closure sections to keep everything where it needs to be. It’s a bit too large for me to utilize it as a day pack. However, it is sturdy enough to transport my laptop during travel time as well as use for hikes and shorter trips. This was definitely one of the easier decisions I made when I was looking into what to pack for Southeast Asia.
WHAT I PACKED FOR SOUTHEAST ASIA
In my Osprey pack
- 4 pair of shoes (not pictured: black women’s TOM’s slip-ons)
- 3 dresses
- 3 rompers
- 3 tank tops
- 3 swim suits
- 1 long skirt
- 1 Mountain Hardware Women’s Finder Rain Jacket
- 1 jumpsuit to cover my knees at temples
- 7 pairs of underwear
- 2 bras
- 1 Travel Bra
- 1 shawl to cover my shoulders
- 1 toiletry bag
- 1 small jar of coconut oil
- 1 bottle of sunscreen
- 1 small crossbody purse
- 1 larger fabric purse
- 3 pairs of shorts
- 1 head lamp
- 1 travel sewing kit
- 1 Terrible Towel. Go Steelers.
In my Jansport pack
- Travel journal
- 1 toiletry bag
- Travel document organizer
- Barnes and Noble Nook
- Electronics chargers
- Olympus TG-4 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD
- Camera gear
TWO ITEMS I AM SUPER GLAD I DECIDED TO PACK FOR SOUTHEAST ASIA
The Travel Bra:
I absolutely love my sports bra that I’ve packed. The Travel Bra is one of the most innovative and unique products that I’ve ever come across and has a level of comfort that is unmatched. Made from soft organic cotton, bamboo and spandex, this bra is not only cozy, but also provides an amazing sense of security to those who wear it.
One of the biggest fears I have as a traveler is getting my passport stolen or misplacing it, which is something I don’t have to worry about with The Travel Bra. This full support bra comes equipped with a drop-down stretch pocket for a passport, a hidden mini-pocket for jewelry or USB stick, a secret mesh sleeve for credit card or hotel room key, and space in the cups for cash. It’s honestly a perfect solution for anyone who wants some extra protection of their personal items as well as peace of mind throughout their travels.
I use coconut oil for nearly everything back home. I have a separate container in my kitchen for cooking and I use it as a lotion and hair mask as a cheap beauty regimen. I am so glad I brought it with me on this trip as I can use it as an aftersun solution, shaving oil, total body moisturizer, eye makeup remover and natural Neosporin in case of an accident. I will say that it can be a bit annoying in this heat as it melts, but I say it’s well worth the small annoyances.
This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase any products through the links provided above, I will get a small commission. I received The Travel Bra in exchange for this blog post, but I genuinely recommend this product. Not only is it a game changer for female travelers, but it’s definitely something to consider for women wondering what to pack for Southeast Asia.