Just writing a list of things I need to buy before I go away. Im going to India-Thailand-Laos-Malaysia-Australia and Japan. This is just medical supplies and basic kit, i've not included clothes and toiletries etc But is there anything I have missed? Or that you think is unnecessary? My main concern is being safe, but also not lugging a lot of stuff I don't need around!
Water treatment tablets
Sleeping bag liner/ bed bug sheet
Waterproof camera case
Batteries for camera
Rucksack rain cover
Pen/pencil and pad
Diaarrhoea remedy- Loperamide
Rehydration mix- Dioralyte
Travel sickness pills
Travel first aid kit with sterile needles
And how much does that all weigh in addition to shoes and clothes??? In reality, you will come back with more than 50% of those packages unopened.
I really hope you're very young and have a good back.
That's exactly the reason I am asking for advice on here. Ok so that's too much, in your opinion what would you leave out?
Every individual is different, so it's pretty hard to tell you exactly what to take/not take. I took very little in my 30L pack, and still came back with about 25% unused. Are you at all frail, then perhaps you will need all those over-the-counter meds? Hand sanitizer - I've heard on NPR recently that it's not that effective anyway. What I was missing in my pack - sunburn creams (could not find aloe in Vietnam at all), went shopping for cuticle scissors and found them there, I did have a mosquito problem and only 1 of my guesthouses had a net, so yes to that. You did not list toilet paper - Target in the US sells traveler's packs (this is a must). Duct tape? - big no to that. For photography, I did need as many backup batteries as I could use, but I bought a 2GB memory card and it held plenty of pics. I also took a memory card reader for uploading pics to my blog (saves batteries - get one - only $20. and small/light).
I do have one pretty good piece of advice - take your old undies (you heard right!) I also took expensive mesh underwear, but the old ones - just toss after use and it creates additional space in your pack. Take a nylon rain shell w/hood - came in very handy!
Actually, once you hit Thailand, anything you'll need will be right in the stores. I took those pants that zip off to shorts, but never actually wore them as shorts. Good shoes are the very most important item to take. I was caught in the highlands of Vietnam with the wrong footwear, and did I suffer on my trek!!!
If you're in N. America: I bought tropical shirts online at Ex-Officio - good sales and excellent quality. REI-outlet has very good prices on travel gear too.
tea tree oil. Best friend to me when travelling. Anticeptic, foot de-smeller, insect bite cure all. Great stuff
My crush bags fell apart real quick. Have settled on a canvas type to put dirty laundry in. Also a couple dry bags for the electronic stuff.
Pen/pencil and pad, small one that fits in the pocket is best
Personally I found duct tape to be great for a repair job and just about anything.
Pair of cheap light weight flip flps Thongs whatever, something to put on your feet in shared squat toilets!!!!
Daawgon is right about coming back with more than what you went with. Depends how fashionable you are when travelling but you can pick up some very cheap clothes in SEA. I bought a couple super duper instant dry shirts a while pack at a great expense. They work, but after a year they start to hold onto smells a bit. On the other hand I found some cheap shirts on the road that dry really quick and have had them for ages.
Ziplock bags are very usefull for organizing clothings and keep camera equipment
dry and dust free.
Instead of an alarm clock just take a watch with an alarm.
My kit is pretty extensive but i hike and camp along the way and still manage to keep it all in a 45 litre pack and and under 15 kilo including food and water for a few days. don't be to concerned with your gear if you have to much send it home, sell it off or give it away.
Just don't get to attached to anything which i know is hard but is a very good skill to have when travelling.
take it easy
Well, if there was one thing I noticed missing off that list, it was a multi tool...Some folks on "another board' don't get it but I sure like one and wear one EVERYWHERE (yes, weddings and funerals.) Duct tape is a sound investment and need not take up it`s own space. I wrapped a lot of it around a Sharpie that I carry and it was double duty tool. I used to wrap the tape around my min mag, but I have gone to a LED light that is INCREDIBLY small and powerfull and takes triple As that you will have to change two years from now.
I assume your med kit is a kit...SOunds like a lot of stuff, but ain`t.
I have found one carabiner very useful, especially if you also bring some lightweight line...this is only if you think you can tie a bowline or a clove hitch. (Two easy knots. Learn them and love them)
I second the watch with alarm. Always there.
Unless I missed it, you forgot a calculator...Damned important....ask about exchanges early and figure things out before you get there. Mini solar powered and easy.
PLEASE tell me you just forgot to write down compass...Even if you have no orienteering skills, it`s damned important to see which way is North when you head out, and which way is North when you are heading back.
Def take the duct tape! Can be used for soooo much.
I would also take the meds you might need, you might not need them but you can be as sure as hell you will be extremely thankful if you come down with something like diarrhoea some place you don't speak the lingo!! Frail or not you will be eating things you dno't normally and living in completely different locations and areas where you might not have any control on the sanitization. Seems a pretty comprehensive list, will be taking more or less the same myself when I go to Aus. Happy travelling!