Heading to Southeast Asia? Make Sure You Pack These Items

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Photo by Steve Douglas on Unsplash

If you’re planning a trip to Southeast Asia, then congratulations: you’ve got an exciting time waiting ahead for you! There’s nothing quite like this part of the world, and if you throw yourself into all the region has to offer then you’re going to have a memorable time. Everyone does! 

However, you’ll make it much easier to have a terrific all-around trip if you have some essential items in your luggage. Take a look at our tips below, and you’ll be on your way to making sure you have everything you need when you’re there. 

For the Feet

You’re going to be crossing many different terrains when you’re in Southeast Asia, and as such, you’ll need to have a few different types of footwear so that your feet are kept in sound condition. For starters, you’ll want to have boots that are comfortable for walking; you walk a long way wherever you’re travelling, and that includes Asia! These can always double up as your boots for any rainforest treks you participate in. It’s also a good idea to have a regular pair of shoes, and footwear you can take into the ocean/the showers in hostels. 

Staying Active

You’re going to have a lot of different experiences when you’re in Southeast Asia. One day, you’ll be exploring temples, the next you’ll be trekking through the wilderness. As such, you’ll want to have plenty of clothing that allows you to be active. And when we say “plenty”, we mean it; it’s going to be hot and humid in SE Asia, and you won’t want to wear your t-shirts too many times without washing them. Shorts and a baseball cap will also serve you well, too. 

Looking Good

Not that you’ll be living in shorts and t-shirts the entire trip. You’re going to go out for dinner, and for drinks, and for evenings on the beach, and you won’t want to be wearing your daytime clothes then. But neither will you want anything too fancy, purely because SE Asia isn’t that type of place. Bring along a few sundresses, as they’ll enable you to look good while also keeping you cool. You might also consider bringing jeans; most people don’t, but they can be handy when the nights are cool.

For the Long Rides

Backpacking around Asia is filled with long journeys, and since you’re nearly always on the move, you can expect to be spending many an hour on a coach or other vehicle. Sometimes, they will be your bed for the night. You can’t exactly wear your pyjamas, so make sure you have comfortable clothing with you. You’ll be eternally grateful that you decided to bring along comfortable pants and a cosy sweater when you’re settling in for a twelve-hour coach journey. 

*Photo by Braden Barwich on Unsplash


Yes, you use your electronics every day when you’re at home, and will probably have taken them with you when you travelled elsewhere. However, it’s worth thinking hard about what you take with you when you’re in Southeast Asia. For one thing, you’ll likely hardly use them, and for two, the items will just be another thing for you to carry. Your smartphone, sure, as that’ll have use when it’s connected to wifi. But laptops and tablets? No. 

Essential Items

Southeast Asia is an exciting destination, but part of that excitement is derived from knowing that you never quite know what you’re going to get. That, unfortunately, extends to illnesses and other issues. As such, it’s important that you have a travel first aid kit with you, just in case you begin to feel unwell. You might also want to consider bringing insect repellent and tiger balm for those itchy mosquito bites, too. 

Here Comes The Rain...

You’ll know when it rains when you’re in Southeast Asia. That’s because it doesn’t rain there; it pours, like really pours. As such, you’ll need to make sure you have some high-grade waterproof clothing with you, just in case you’re caught out in the rain. You might also want to consider a rain cover for your travel bag, too, just in case it’s placed on top of the bus when you’re travelling; it happens, and if it rains then it’ll get soaked.

In the Bag: A Great Attitude!

Finally, the most important thing to take with you: a great attitude! A trip to Asia can be stressful, but if you have a terrific attitude, then you’ll get the most out of your travels. Nothing’s a problem unless you let it become one! 

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