Southeast Asia: The Necessities List

The region of Southeast Asia has many shared characteristics that resonate with all of us who have backpacked through the diverse landscapes of each and every country. To help out those seeking some tips from two people who've figured it out along the way, we've compiled a list of our travel essentials. These are things we have brought with us through each adventure through the region.

Keep in mind, deciding what to bring or wear on extended trips like ours will probably be one of your biggest challenges. So, we'd advise you to take the extra time planning it out. Also, the sooner you come to the realization that you're brining too much, the better…for everyone. 


CLOTHING

RUNNING SHOES + SPORT SOCKS

WATERPROOF HIKERS

QUICK-DRY SPORT CLOTHING 

RAIN JACKETS WITH POCKETS

FLIP-FLOPS FOR EVERYDAY

LITE-WEIGHT SHIRTS, DRESSES, SHORTS 

SWIMSUITS + TUNICS

SHAWLS FOR TEMPLES

MEDICINE

DUKORAL MIX DRINK

HEPATITIS A SHOTS

TETANUS SHOTS

RABIES SHOTS

JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS  SHOTS

TYPHOID SHOTS

EMERGENCY ANTIBIOTICS

MALARIA STAND-BY MEDICATION

OTC: IBUPROFEN, ACETAMINOPHEN, GRAVOL, IMODIUM, ALLEGRA

FIRST-AID: HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, BANDAGES, ANTIBIOTIC CREAM

SPF SUBLOCK + CREAMS

DEET BUGSPRAY

GEAR

GREGORY BACKPACKS (OSPREY IS A GREAT BRAND TOO) 

LIGHT PACKING CUBES 

DRY BAGS 

CLOTHESLINE (OR TWO)

MONEY BELT

HEADLAMPS

SLEEPING MASK + EARPLUGS

NECK PILLOW + WARM WRAP/SCARF FOR PLANE RIDES

PBA FREE WATER BOTTLE (COLLAPSABLE WORK GREAT)

LIGHT YOGA MAT + AIR CHAIR