Southeast Asia trip in August - any tips on what to pack?

Travel Forums Asia Southeast Asia trip in August - any tips on what to pack?

1. Posted by andy_d (Budding Member 40 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

So trying to figure out what I should be bringing with me...considering heat humidity...

1. Clothes - do I even bother bringing pants? I mean say if I go to nice club in Bali, won't I have to worry about wearing jeans? I expect we'll enjoy some of the nightlife at Indonesia and Thailand so not sure what is expected dress code wise

2. Can you think of any essentials that helped during your trip? I will probably buy a medium sized travel towel (microfiber) to deal with sweat when walking around.

Countries we'll be traveling through...

Indonesia - mostly Bali

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3582 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I always wear pants/nice shirt on the plane. Really only get the pants on when going to a club or disco in Pattaya or Martini's in Phnom Penh. Shorts/t-shirt/sandals everyday when on tours or moving from A to B. You can buy small umbrellas everywhere once there. I would take a gore-tex windbreaker with me. Sheds water, breathes and light weight. I like the idea of microfiber towel, will get one before my next SEA trip. I usually take several bar sized towels for sweat and general purpose. Wash them out in the shower daily. If you don't have one, buy a sarong or piece of local cloth. It is very handy on buses, boats, bed, no weight to it. Nice souvenir once home. Good luck with your planning.

3. Posted by dwitch (Budding Member 26 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Andy cotton clothing is best, definately no nylon or synthetic clothing as these will only keep in the heat.

I would suggest longs and shirt for clubs , visiting temples ,nice restuarants etc.

Other than that shorts tshirts, sandles or whatever you feel comfortable in . A good tip is to carry a small fold up umbrella in your bag, good for the unexpected shower or for shade from the sun

4. Posted by andy_d (Budding Member 40 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the tips! Knowing it's the rainy season I still didn't think about an umbrella or windbreaker type cover - I'll have to consider something. Thanks!

5. Posted by trainrider (Full Member 95 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Jeans are no good for the climate. If you dont mind standing out a bit, get a pair of baggy fishermen trousers in Thailand. They're really comfy. Another reason to wear trousers & long shirts is to protect yourself from the mossys especially in a malarial area, such as the far north. You can buy Deet in Thailand and all other countrys.

Bring a Mossy net with you. Some hotels dont have them, and can have big gaps around the windows, letting in the little critters! You'll get a better nights sleep knowing you're protected. Plus Malaria protection.

A Torch is always Useful, Powercuts, Dark streets, exploring caves...........

Some budget guesthouses have nasty bed covers, I wish I'd brought my own bedsheet, better to bring one of these than a towel as they always provide clean towels. I had ummed and arred over getting a travel towel and didn't bother, you dont need one. You can buy travelling sleeping sheets in camping shops.

Back to clothing. I wish I didn't have so manty t shirts, they're awful in this climate as you sweat and they stink after a day. Better to bring some short sleeve cotton shirts that button up the front, much more airflow and much more comfatable. they'll last an extra day and you'll save money on getting your laundry done.

Just read vegas mikes comment.....I agree, I have a sarong and its very useful. It gets used as a towel, a beach towel and sometimes a bedsheet if the guesthouse has nasty ones. It goes without saying that you'll be able to get one here.

A travel wallet is handy for keeping your passport, tickets and other valuables safe.

Have a great trip!

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Jul-2009, at 08:11 by trainrider ]

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2015 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I think that even more important than what to pack is what not to pack. DON'T PACK MUCH AT ALL!

I like loose-fitting seersucker for tropical climates, and the new tech fabrics are fantastic. Be sure you bring quality, vented, wicking fabric clothing. In the USA/Western World - I like the ExOfficio brand - can be purchased online at

7. Posted by andy_d (Budding Member 40 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys!

I've been buying up a bunch of cotton shirts to wear there for breathability in the humidity. Hoping that it'll be enough.

As for pants, I really was just going to bring one linen pants and one jeans with both being more for nightlife.

It's recommended I wear pants even during the day? I was only planning on wearing shorts most of the time (and will be bringing plenty of mossy repellent with me to combat them)