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1. Posted by N1U9F8C7 (Budding Member 47 posts) 6y

Any help on any of these questions would be much appreciated, even if you only have an answer for one, please still reply. Thanks.

What sort of shoes/trainers shall I take?

I normally wear casual plimsole sort of trainers and will be taking a couple of pairs of these as they are small and easy to fit in my bag, but I know these are not really good enough to walk long distances or do trekking in. I only plan on doing a few occasions of trekking and will only be in Asia, so I don’t really want to take hiking boots or anything like that because their so big and chunky. So what would you suggest?

What type of trousers should I take?

In Asia I have heard going into temples and such things mean you have to cover your body up, which means I will have to take some trousers. I am contemplating taking a pair of jeans as we will be going out I the evenings also to bars, but then wearing jeans during the day in a country that hot will surely be unbearable. So any ideas and past experiences are very welcome?

Best ‘Insect Repellent’?

I know it must have ‘DEET’ in it to be good enough, but what particular one, I have looked at a few but am really not sure which one to choose. So again, ideas and past experiences welcome?

External Hard Drive?

I am taking my ‘NetBook’ with me, so was also thinking of taking my Hard Drive as well, I have got films and TV series saved onto it which would keep us occupied in the times when it is raining or we are having a night in for cheapness. I have been told though, that when going through an airport they ask to check your Hard Drive! Can anyone speak from a past experience about this? Do they check them? And also when crossing borders do they check them?

Which Day Pack?

I recently bought a foldaway day pack, but on opening realised it is really tacky and also the straps have no padding whatsoever, so will be horrible and uncomfortable. My day pack will also be used when first going to the airport, carrying all the stuff I need on the plane and other stuff that I don’t want broken when my checked in luggage is thrown around.
So obviously when I get off the plane and collect my luggage I will have to carry this day pack and my backpack. So which day pack is the best to get around this?

Hair Clippers?

Anyone have any past experience with talking a pair of hair clippers?
I am tempted to take a pair as I don’t want to have to find a barber’s all the time.
Any particular ones that are good for travelling with?

Cheers :)

2. Posted by Sophia_uk (Full Member 48 posts) 6y

You haven't mentioned where you are going.....

3. Posted by N1U9F8C7 (Budding Member 47 posts) 6y

"I only plan on doing a few occasions of trekking and will only be in Asia"

In the second paragraph...

4. Posted by Sophia_uk (Full Member 48 posts) 6y

The most important thing to do is travel as light as you possibly can. Most things you can pick up whilst out in Asia if you do iscover you need them but i have made the mistake so many times of overpacking and taking everything and then wishing i hadnt when dragging my bag around!

Shoes

If you plan on doing any trekking take some trekking boots. But only if you're really going to be trekking, if you are going to be going on walks or light treks you ight want to take trainers instead as treking boots are heavy and take up a lot of space, and are not really worth it if you only wear them once/not at all. I would say bring a pair of flip flops as most people bum around in these as your feet get swollen in the heat and they are good to let the air in. However, you can pick these up in Asia for really cheap too.

Trousers

Jeans are not a good thing to take to Asia as they are heavy, the weather is so hot that you will probably not want to wear them and they take up so much room. Plus they are a nightmare to dry in the humidity!! I would suggest cotton/linen trousers and maybe a pair or combat trousers or something. Plus bring shorts obviously.....

Insect repellent

I have found that its best to get the stong deet containing sprays. In good camping shops you can find some at about 70% deet, these tend to be good, the only thing is it stinks and isnt really good for all day use. I'd suggest investing at a good mosquito net and using that at nighttimes. Make sure it comes with a pack to hang it properly onto walls.

As far as clippers are concerned, i would not bother as barbers are everywhere in Asia and so cheap and I really dont think its worth it at ALL!

Another point i just thought of, bring a bathplug! Haha, In backpacker accomodation these are few and far between!

Hope this helps!

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

My day pack will also be used when first going to the airport, carrying all the stuff I need on the plane and other stuff that I don’t want broken when my checked in luggage is thrown around.
So obviously when I get off the plane and collect my luggage I will have to carry this day pack and my backpack. So which day pack is the best to get around this?

Well, have you considered going really light and travelling with nothing but a daypack? A large and very comfortable one, but still a daypack. There are some good daypacks or light hiking packs out there that are around 30 liters, those will serve you well.

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