I'm travelling to SE Asia in a few weeks for a month and a half, and I'm beginning to think that there isn't really a need to take a load of clothes with me as washing them will be so cheap out there, as well as the fact that if I need anything else I will be able to pick it up cheaply. I'm now thinking about taking a small daybag with all the essentials that I need and with enough extra space for anything I might pick up, or I don't have room for it posting it home.
Would this be a good idea or not, bearing in mind that I plan on spending the majority of my time, (about 4 weeks), in Phnom Penh doing voluntary work.
I think it's a good idea to travel light. You can get your laundry done cheaply and easily there, (most guesthouses provide this facility) and if you do need to buy any clothes you can get them cheaply.
Very true. A decent sized daysack (25-30l) should be more than sufficient and allow you enough space for a few souvenirs/purchases etc. I'ver travelled extensively with a 26l bag without problems (with a fleece tied to the outside). You can get away with a smaller one, but it wouldn't give you much free space, and I find that the design means that some smaller daysacks when they are full are uncomfortable to carry.
If going to PP, you might want to fill your bag before you go out there with some pens/stickers/badges etc to hand out to kids as gifts.
Day packs are just not comfortable to carry for long periods, or short periods for that matter. Go for a 25-35l rucksack, with proper straps and waist/hip strap. As you will be in Asia one of the airflow types will be more comfortable to carry in the heat.
I would advise against the member below (with respect), gining gifts to kids results in begging. We were hounded by kids all over asia when there last year begging for sweets. All gifts do damage. It was a relief to get to South America where the children did not pester us.
I would advise against the member below (with respect), gining gifts to kids results in begging
I actually fully agree with that - the only reason that i said it originally is that the OP mentioned he was going to be doing voluntary work: Thus I guess there will be kids who he/she gets to know/know them and in those situations, i think it's nice to give them little western gifts when you leave, as a memory/pressie. I certainly don't think you should ever give them out randomly on the street, and also never sweets
I recommend something like the Osprey Meridian 22" which is a carry on and has a detachable daypack. It rolls when you need it AND is a backpack. Quite the perfect bag. You can totally get by with minimal amounts of clothes and have them washed, just make sure you have good walking shoes (i wore keen's bali shoes for 18 days no problem). I suggest waiting until the end of you trip to buy things if you can. I bought a duffel bag for $9 at a market and packed it full of treasures I'd bought just a few days before.