The backpack of a traveler for Southeast Asia

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An important part of planning my trip through Southeast Asia is to define the type of backpack that I will be taking with me to this great adventure. What makes my decision a little bit complex is that I do not have clear how long I will be traveling, or what countries I will be visiting during my journey.

I do not have a clear idea of what to bring, so I started researching on the Internet in different webpages and blogs from other travelers who have already been to Southeast Asia and that gave to me a really good idea so I followed their advice.

Nowadays the Internet and social networks are wonderful, we are really well connected and communicated, so that opens for us a huge panorama of options. We can search and learn from the experiences of other world travelers who have already done the same thing we are planning to do and let us be better prepared for our journey.

Based on that idea, and after reading several blogs, I would like to make a special mention to a traveler who I admire a lot, for all the countries she has visited, traveling alone backpacking, and of whom I greatly appreciate been able to take the best advice for my own travel through Southeast Asia. Here I leave the link to her blog (it is in Spanish), especially the entry that helped me choose my own travel backpack: A traveler’s backpack for Southeast Asia.

Taking her example, about what she packed and the type of backpack she decided to take, I share the photo the backpack that I choose for myself it was a very successful decision, especially because of the weight. Each extra kilo in the backpack becomes extremely heavy when you have to walk 2 or 3 kilometers on your own, so the weight becomes extremely important when choosing the model and type. In my case I am not very tall 156 cm, so I was looking for an intermediate size and light weight backpack. My challenge in this trip to Southeast Asia is to travel very light and carry only the essentials.

38L Salomon backpack  with covering included

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An important thing to take into consideration when selecting our backpack is that it has to have a front or side closure/access (in addition to the main opening at the top), so that we can access to our things in a simple way and without having to unpack everything out; for me this model with lateral opening (picture below) is wonderful, I can access to all my things very easily; and it was important for me, that it needed to have several compartments to store things, so I made an excellent choice.

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In addition to your backpack, my recommendation is that you also take with you a small bag (if it is a waterproof bag better), which we will call Life Bag. In this small bag we will always carry with us all our important documents and objects that can’t be left at the hotel / hostel: wallet, passport, tablet, camera, and so on. That way we will not have to carry all the time our big backpack with everything inside. If you do not have a small waterproof bag, and you don’t want to spend more money, you should always bring a plastic bag to cover the one you already have, because in Southeast Asia rains a lot that’s what I did with my small bag / Life Bag).

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Here I put for you the list of all the clothes and things I took for my journey to South East Asia. At the end my backpack weighted 11 Kg, not bad for my first backpacking adventure.

  • Big Hat
  • Cap
  • Slim bed sheet sewed like sleeping bag type (weights less)
  • Light jacket for rain or raincoat
  • 1 Solomon’s storm pants
  • 3 cotton leggins, 1 blue and 2 black (one thick, 2 thin)
  • 3 shorts·  1 beach pareo (to cover ourselves when entering temples)
  • 1 Buff for the walks
  • 3 short sleeve t-shirts
  • 2 bathing suits
  • 1 3/4 sleeve blouse
  • 1 pair of tennis shoes
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pair of sandals without heel
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 3 sets of underwear
  • 1 microfiber towel
  • 1 waterproof backpack protector
  • 1 bag that works as a handbag (preferably waterproof the life bag)
  • 1 Warm clothing (thick leggin + light jacket)
  • 1 mosquito net

About what type of clothes you should be taking for your travel, it is not necessary to worry that much, nor to carry too much from the beginning, since, the best clothes suitable for warm weather can be purchased there and at a very low price. What you indeed should consider for your trip is the warm clothing, because of the type of weather you found in South East Asia is difficult to get or is too expensive, and it is important that you take that in consideration if you plan to travel to the north or do some trekking and camping in the mountains (the temperature is low at night and in the morning from November to February).

For the travel medicine kit you can read about my advices in this other blog entry.

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About Andrea Carbax

Mexicana mochilera y viajera, voluntariados alrededor del mundo, adicta a viajar. Mis pasiones: la música, escribir, la naturaleza, la fiesta, la fotografía, el arte y la cultura. Mexican backpacker World Traveller, volunteering, #worldpacker addict. My passions: writing, music, dancing, nature, photography, arts & culture, party, travel. - "The best human quality is that of becoming unstoppable, and you become unstoppable by refusing to quit no matter what happens" - "Follow your dreams until they become true, fight for what you want in life and just make it happen!!" - "Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer" 😍
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