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1. Posted by TrineKvist (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I am planning to travel Australia (2-3 months) and Thailand (1-2 months, maybe going to Laos and Cambodia too) departing in December and going to Australia first. The first month in Australia I'll be staying with family, be the rest of the trip I'm planning on staying in hostels.
What gear will I need to bring? I have bought my backpack but nothing else.
Is it handy to have a microfiber towel?
Will i need a sleeping bag? And if I do, will I need it in Australia too, or mostly thailand? (My uncle lives there Septmber-March and could possibly bring it for me so i won't have to drag it with me to Australia)

Hope some of you can help me :)


2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

If your uncle lives in Thailand have him bring you enough Thai silk so that you can sew a sleepsheet out of it. (Or maybe ask your uncle to bring you a sleepsheat from Thailand, there should be enough people willing to sew one out of Thai silk there for a little tip.)

A real sleeping bag will be unnecessary, too warm for most of your trip (you'll be staying in hostels after all, not in a tent) and cumbersome to drag around. A silk sleep sheet will be just right if you are staying in cheap hostels where sheets are not included in the price. But even a sleepsheat is not really necessary, you can do without it - but it is nice to have.

Microfibre towel: Again nice to have, but not really necessary. Many experienced traveller's use a cotton bandana because it dries faster when you hang it from your backpack. Feel free to get a small microfibre towel though.

3. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I bought a cheap microfibre towel from a shop called 'Poundland' here in the UK ... for a pound! It's not one of those 'bald cat skin' camping towels that are often sold, but has a bit of texture like a real towel and is much nicer to use. It's small (70cmx50cm) but good enough for a shower and rolls up to about the size of a 'hotdog roll'. I'm really happy with it.

I also have a lightweight (750 grm Snugpak)1 season/tropical sleeping bag that I've used as a bedcover/sheet - and even as a sleeping bag! Packs really small (size of a small melon?) I used it in Morocco and it was fine, but can't say about S.E.A.

Silk sheet idea sounds great though. I hope to check that out one day.

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Silk sheet idea sounds great though. I hope to check that out one day.

You can order silk travel sheets on ebay for around 15-20 EUR. It's a small company in China that sells them, they ship them to you from Hongkong, so you pay around 6-9 EUR for the sheet and the rest of the money goes to shipping costs. They weigh around 300 grams, quality is so-so.

In the Netherlands and Germany the store chain Xenos sells silk-polyester mix and microfibre travel sheets for around 10-20 EUR, cotton ones go for 6 EUR.

And of course you can also buy some cheap bedclothes (microfibre or seersucker) for around 5 EUR and then sew your own travel sheet out of them. That is what I did.

Main reason I am using a sleepsheet is because I have a sleeping bag - the sleepsheet is the "bedcloth" of the sleeping bag. It is easy to wash the sleepsheet but impossible to wash the sleeping bag, so the sleepsheet is a necessity.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jul-2009, at 07:34 by t_maia ]

5. Posted by Gilly09 (Budding Member 37 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

would it not make sence to just buy a silk sheet in Thailand then!? save yourself all that shipping cost!? itshrdly going to be to expensive there and one less thing to least on the first lef of your trip

6. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I just use a cheap nylon sheet. Next day, assuming it's sunny - I wash it and hang it out to dry. It's ready for use again in under an hour. If it's raining, then I use it for a 2nd day, then the spare for another couple of days. I normally don't find it difficult to get one of them washed and dried before too long though, regardless of the weather conditions locally. They are so cheap to either buy or make yourself. Cotton ones are useless. They soak up the sweat more and take ages to clean and dry.
I'd advise that you check on-line camping shops where you're going to - and buy your sleeping bag locally.
As far as a towel is concerned, I always travel with two small hand towels. They do me just fine and fold up really small, so as to take up hardly any space. They're so cheap to buy - and just about everywhere across the planet sells them. So if they wear out, I just throw em away and buy another one in my local town.