My Packing List

This is a packing list based on 4-5 months in South East Asia.

Firstly my Backpack. I have a Kelty redwing 40l and I love it. It’s the perfect size and fits as hand luggage. I love the amount of pockets and compartments I have in it (I’m not naturally an organised person so this helps). Plus it’s turquoise blue and always stands out if I do happen to check it on a flight. Nearly 2 years being chucked about all over the place and still going strong.

I like to use packing cubes to organise things, one big one which fits all my clothes and then a smaller one for underwear and swimming stuff. I roll my clothes rather than folding them.

As well as my main backpack I also have a small daypack for days out and to keep valuables separate when my backpack is stored on busses.


Image of the backpack I use - packing tips - Authentic gems

  • 1 pair of jeans – take up space but I love my jeans
  • 2 pairs of shorts – I stick to denim so they match everything
  • 1 pair of leggings – essential for bus journeys or flights
  • 1 long sleeve shirt
  • 3 T-shirts
  • 5 vest tops
  • 1 hoody – Don’t get used much but you never know when you will want one
  • 1 or 2 Bikinis
  • 3 sports bras
  • 12 knickers
  • 12-14 pairs of trainer Socks (they always seem to disappear)
  • 1 pair of Trail running trainers (suitable for hiking and everyday wear)
  • 1 pair of flip flops


I try to keep this minimal so I can travel hand luggage only.

  • Bar of soap
  • Shampoo (though think I’m going to try shampoo bar instead this time)
  • Deodorant
  • Moisturiser
  • Sun cream
  • Razors – 2 or 3 with changeable blades
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Hair comb
  • Frizz ease serum
  • Tweezers & nail scissors
  • Hairbands & hairclips

First aid kit

I literally never use it but it’s only small so I keep it with me because you never know. Contains just a little bandage, plasters, paracetamol, rehydration sachets, a whistle and I think that’s it

Electrical Products

  • Laptop / Ipad – I only take a laptop because I need it for work
  • Phone
  • Camera – though I may leave it behind this time and just use my phone
  • Headphones
  • Battery pack / portable charger
  • 1 iphone charger and 1 mini usb lead
  • 2 prong plug (most places in asia)

Other Items

  • Travel towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Combination lock
  • Notepad & pen
  • Small Sketchbook
  • A few pencils & an eraser
  • Business cards

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