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1. Posted by nics26 (Budding Member 55 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Im travelling to SE Asia and I need a list a absolute essentials, why I need them and what they're for!!!

Please help peeps


2. Posted by figurine (Budding Member 16 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I've been trying to find something like that as well over the past few days but can't seem to find anything anywhere.

3. Posted by stag (Budding Member 31 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Me too!

Edit: An mp3 player with Johnny Cash, Velvet Underground and Samuel Barber on repeat.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 5, 2009, at 8:19 AM by stag ]

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Everybodies idea of "essentials" are different.

However, in case it helps, this is my packing list that i put up here a year or so ago in reply to a query. For background, I travel frequently and often at short notice, and have essentially been on the road since i was 13. This packing list is from a 18ish month trip i did in 2005-06 which included SEA for about 4months, and everything was either being worn, or fitted into my rucksack, which is a 26litre bag.

Hope it's of help to either/both of you &/or others and if you want explanations of what anything was for:

I'm not sure i've ever done a full list before (actually, i might have done it before on here), so i'll probably miss some stiff out, but it goes something like this:

Walking shoes, sandals, 2 pairs trousers (zip offs which become shorts), extra pair shorts, fleece, 2x long sleeved tops, 5 t-shirts, 5 pairs underwear, 4pair socks, pyjamas, hat/gloves, cap. Fold out day sack, 1 guide book (which changed), 2-3 books (swapped numerous times on route), MP3 player, mobile phone (each with chargers, and with 1 plug adapter), speakers for MP3 player, camera and extra memory card, floppy-disk, 3 CDs for installation plus camera manual, journal (at times, 2, until a finished one had been posted home), small pocket atlas and small photo album, enamel mug, tea bags, Sheet sleeping bag, travel towel, sunglasses, small medical kit, basic toiletries, deodorant, mozzie repellent, tiger balm, malaria pills, small welsh flag, large communist flag (long story, but it was given to me en route) 2x water bottles (disposable ones, but of the hard plastic recyclable type that can be reused many times). Most of that was kept in netted-bags or carrier/zip lock bags.

Then assorted smaller miscellaneous bits - duct tape, sellotape, glue stick, elastic bands, some empty zip lock and carrier bags, serval packs of disposable tissues, wet wipes, half a dozen pens/pencils, highlighter pen, 2small notebooks, diary, small post-it notes, watch, torch, pack of playing cards, 4 small padlocks, 4 or 5 bicycle toe-straps, keys, 2 wallets and a money belt with money/cards, swiss army knife, length of rope, copies of my passport, visa pages and insurance etc, some photocopied pages from guidebooks or on-line prints scaled down and trimmed and normally a few CDs of music (bought)/photos (Downloaded) and also all my travel tickets to that point, that i would periodically post home. I would normally also have a few snacks or bits of food, plus some sweets and chewing gum, and probably a few bits that i've forgotten.

Of this, I was obviously always wearing at least a minimum set of clothes and had a few bits always on my person (swiss army knife, 1 small notebook and pen, rope [normally], watch, phone, money belt and 1 of the wallets). Everything else was inside the bag excepting the fleece if not worn (in the bungees on the back of my bag), one pair of footwear and the water bottles, which were outside the bag in its pockets. My expandable daysack could be used as well when i had extra stuff (i.e. i'd just bought provisions for a trip) or i was going on a journey where my main bag would be separated from me.

Cripes, that sounds a heck of a lot, doesn't it?!!! You wouldn't believe that all fitted in my bag and I also normally had a bit of free space as well!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 5, 2009, at 8:27 AM by Gelli ]

5. Posted by karlyfu (Budding Member 62 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

onebag . com is a good place to start. they have a checklist. Also they have some hilarious (though ultimately helpful) opinions on hotel fires and other random stuff :)

6. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Great tip on! Thanx

7. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Yeah thanks for ONEBAG.... Essentials... a durable waterbottle (like a nalgene) with a few feet up duct tape wrapped around it.. It will serve many functions..

One, easy to share water.
Two, environmentally friendly.
Three, if in a cold climate fill with hot water and sleep with it, instant heater..
Four, its in easy way to carry duct tape which serves many many functions..
Five, if you don't need it for water and can be used as a water tight compartment for documents, great in a rainy environment or white water rafting...

8. Posted by malaysia29 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Check out

If you scroll down there's a good list of things to take for the jungle.

Good luck!

9. Posted by velourfog (Budding Member 24 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Earplugs! They were a life saver for me. Planes, trains, busses, rooms over noisy streets, loud ceiling fans. They really can make all the difference if you get some decent sleep on a long train or any other time. I brought a couple of pairs and got used to them very quickly.

Other than that, some long bootlaces are handy for washing lines and just tieing things together, decent sandals, i never wore shoes once even though i lugged them around for months before posting them home.

Not too much clothes! I ended up wearing one t-shit, and 1 shirt. One pair of trousers and a pair of shorts. Although a pair of zip on/off trouser/shorts would be good. Washing is so easy, and if its hots you can wear wet clothes and they'll dry in a matter of minutes.

Duct tape is always handy.

Immodium can be handy if you have to make long trips with unsettled insides. BUT it keeps all the bad things inside you for longer so its by no means a solution, and if its a bug can make it a little worse, but better an extra half day by the loo than having to deal with it on a crowded bus!

A cable lock for your bag can good. They may not be that tough, but its enough to prevent quick snatches.

A sturdy grubby old watch can be a better alternative to something really valuable. I had an old Swatch Skin which was light, waterproof and not very appealing and not somthing i had to worry about losing or even really taking off.

Maybe a notebook, and a pencil. But thats the sort of stuff you can find there.

And a strong sharp penknife i found pretty useful

Apart from that you really tend to need far less than you think. Particularly with clothes. Don't hesitate to send back stuff you realise you don't need as it can make a big differene fay to day lugging it around.

Hope a little of that might prove useful.