Backpacker packing list for your Southeast Asia trip

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Here is the ultimate travel packing list for Southeast Asia. You need these things for Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, India, Maldives, Brunei, Singapore and the Philippines.

A few words in advance. I have been to Southeast Asia at least once a year since 2006. Since then I have adapted the packing list again and again. There are things that have been deleted over time. Others were gradually added.

Packing list for Southeast Asia

The following list is to be understood as a suggestion. If you take everything with you, you need at least two people to help you carry it. 🙂

You won't need some of it, because a lot depends on where you are going, how long you are going to stay and what is important to you on your vacation. And how do you want to travel? As a backpacker ? Or would you prefer a group tour or a guided tour ?

Anyway - just cut out the things you don't need.

On the topics of tools, insurance, apps, etc., I recommend my article “Everything you need to travel. The best tips for planning and on the go ” . And of course the “gift ideas for globetrotters, backpackers, travel and Southeast Asia fans.”

I have divided the packing list into different subject areas, in each of which you have the categories "Do not forget" (these are the really important things) and "as required" (depending on the destination and duration of the trip, personal preferences etc.) find.

And here you can find a detailed packing list for the following countries:

Do not forget: Note / please note:
flight tickets
passport Must be valid for at least another six months!
vaccination certificate
Health insurance for abroad Take your contact details and any evidence with you. You don't have one yet? Here you can find all information about "Travel insurance: really necessary or a waste of money?"
Copies of the documents Alternatively: store scans online (e.g. at Google drive , Evernote or Dropbox )
Waterproof document bag Available for example here at Bol.com or here at Globetrotter
As required: Note / please note:
International driving licence Not valid in every country!
passport photos For example for visa, exchange certificate, Angkor visitor pass, etc.
Confirmation of reservations For example for hotels, rental cars, bus transfers as well as train tickets and bus tickets
International student ID card
Do not forget: Note / Please note:
Cash I always take 100 euros with me for emergencies.
Credit card For safety's sake, more than one. My tip since April 2016: the 1plus VISA Card from Santander Bank , so you can withdraw cash worldwide free of charge, you get (only here) third-party fees reimbursed and can also pay in local currencies outside the euro zone without incurring additional costs. I have summarized the advantages of the card in a separate article on the best travel credit card for Thailand and Southeast Asia . There you will learn how you can save around 25-30 euros during a three-week vacation. I also name other good travel credit cards and give other tips for on the go.
EC card
Numbers to block cards For German banks mostly centrally via +49116116

More information about card blocking
Wallet
As required: Note / please note:
Tanliste / generator
U.S. euro I only take it with me if I have to pay a visa at the airport. (please fit!)
money belt To hide notes / documents on the body. Is there for example foreign currency The bills left on the last trip. I have often forgotten in the drawer. 🙂

Read now: More information about money and credit cards on the go .

Do not forget: Note / please note:
Backpack or suitcase For example, there are here at Bol.com and here at Globetrotter
daypack There is, for example here on Bol.com or here at Globetrotter
Belt Waist Bag Mosquito repellent, small camera and flashlight fit easily. For example, there is here at Bol.com or here at Globetrotter
Pack bag Finally order in your backpack! Is there for example here at Bol.com or here at Globetrotter
Kleidertaschenset If you are traveling with a suitcase, a high-quality garment bag set for order in the suitcase is recommended as an alternative to the packing bag, for example here at Bol.com ,
As required: Note / please note:
Waterproof shoulder bag (drybag)
So that the camera and the like don't get wet on the boat or on the beach. Available for example here at Bol.com or here at Globetrotter
Rain cover backpack
When the luggage is stowed on the front of the boat or on the roof rack during journeys. For example, there is here at Bol.com or here at Globetrotter
compression bags More space in your backpack. For example, there is here at Bol.com or here at Globetrotter
Travel safe
Store valuables more safely. For example, there is here at Bol.com or here at Globetrotter
small handbag
camera case
Do not forget Note / please note:
mobile phone
MP3 player unless you’re already using your cell phone.
headphone
digital camera Available for example here at Bol.com
memory cards Love to take one too much, especially when you are recording videos. For example, there is here at Bol.com
Storage box for memory cards I always have it with me. Since then, none has broken. I use this waterproof memory card protection box , You can store up to eight SD cards in it.
eBook reader Read a lot of books without having to drag them. A provider is, for example, Kindle )
flashlight Here you should value quality. If you have to walk up a dark path or steep path in the evening, a good lamp will pay off. I am very happy with the Fenix ​​LD 12 with 125 lumens. You can get them from Globetrotter or Bol.com look at.
As required: Note / please note:
spare battery You can use it to recharge your cell phone and camera on the go, even without a socket, available here , for example , at Bol.com .
Micro Sim Adapter Possibly. necessary if you get a SIM card on site. Available for example here at Bol.com ,
Netbook or tablet There are fewer and fewer internet cafes, but WiFi is available almost everywhere.
headset For example for the use of Skype
tripod Available for example here at Bol.com
Action camera For great photos and videos: QUMOX .
Tripod for the action camera I am very satisfied with the Quenox Mr-23 (also underwater), available for example here at Bol.com
USB stick For example here at Bol.com
SD card reader

For example here at Bol.com
headlamp
To have both hands free in caves or on an adventurous way home in the dark. Also nice to read if you don't have an eBook reader yet, available for example Socket Adapter Available for example here at Bol.com
Multiple plug Small and compact - for example here at Bol.com .
external hard drive (shockproof) For data backup. Available for example here at Bol.com
bicycle lamps In many places, it's a good idea to see the sights on a rented bike. Unfortunately, however, the wheels often lack the light or do not work. In view of the not entirely safe road traffic and the not always good roads, it is therefore worth taking a portable bicycle light with you. You can get that here at Bol.com, for example. And you can even charge it with a USB cable.

The following applies to all devices: Don't forget the charging cable! 🙂

Here it depends particularly on where and how long you are traveling. Of course, you need more sweaters for a mountain trek in India than for a beach holiday on Thailand's coast. Basically, I always plan to do one week without washing.

Do not forget:
socks At least a couple for the time on the plane.
underwear
bathing suits Swimming trunks, swimsuit or bikini
T-Shirts / Tops
Shorts
Long trousers
Skirts (long / short)
pullover
Kopfbeckungen Cap or headscarf
Shoes
Flip flops or flip flops
As required:
shirt
Weatherproof jacket
Fleece sweater / jacket
Ballerinas
pajamas
walking boots
neckerchief For example, for the time on the plane or on the bus when the air conditioning is running at full speed. You can also use respiratory protection on the tuk-tuk in the city.
shawl For women (for example, to cover your legs or shoulders in the temple)
Do not forget:
sponge bag For example, there is here at Bol.com
toothpaste
toothbrush
Wash / shampoo
deodorant
suncream There is, for example, here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
After sun cream For example here in the shop pharmacy and here on Bol.com ,
mosquito repellent Available for example here at Bol.com
tweezers
cotton swab
Tampons / panty liners
Bath towel / beach towel Space-saving travel towels are popular (Microfiber towel)
As required:
floss
Nail care set For example, there is here at Bol.com
Travel mirror For example, there is here at Bol.com
contact lenses
Contact lens liquid and container Practically as a travel pack
daily lenses if necessary
Shaving gel + razor + aftershave
lip care
Makeup stuff Mascara, concealer, eyeliner, facial tissue, etc.
Hair care products
Hair spray / hair gel
Comb or brush
barrettes
scrunchy
Reisefön For example, there is here at Bol.com

problem medium Available at:
Diarrhea / stomach problems: Electrolyte powder eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
Diarrhea / stomach problems: charcoal tablets eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
Diarrhea/ Diarrhea remedy eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
Diarrhea / stomach problems: Heartburn Remedies eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
Diarrhea / stomach problems: Remedies for stomach pain / flatulence / feeling of fullness eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
Nausea / motion sickness / seasickness: Anti-nausea medication eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
Nausea / motion sickness / seasickness: Remedy for seasickness / motion sickness eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
Fever / pain: thermometer eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
Fever / pain: Painkiller eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
respiratory diseases nasal spray eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
respiratory diseases expectorant eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
respiratory diseases cough drops eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
respiratory diseases Lozenges for sore throat eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
respiratory diseases Remedy for strong cough eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
Wounds / skin irritation Bepanthen wound and healing ointment eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
Wounds / skin irritation Wound ointment for damaged skin eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
Wounds / skin irritation disinfectant spray eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
Wounds / skin irritation Zeckenzange eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
Against mosquitoes Anti-mosquito spray eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
Against mosquitoes Anti mosquito bites eg here in the shop pharmacy and here at Bol.com
Others medicine bag eg here at Others possibly remedies for malaria (depending on the travel destination) Pharmacy / prescription only
Others possibly broad-spectrum antibiotic (when traveling to remote areas or a longer trip) Pharmacy / prescription only
Others contraceptive
Others First aid kit, for example a first aid kit (see here on Bol.com)

In einem eigenen Text habe ich alles Wissenswerte sowie viele Tipps zur Reiseapotheke für Südostasien zusammengefasst. Read now: In a separate text I have summarized everything worth knowing and many tips for the first aid kit for Southeast Asia .

Important: don't forget the medication you need to take regularly.

You can also save a lot of money at an internet pharmacy .

Of course, only if you want to spend a lot of time in the water during your trip.

Do not forget:
swimming goggles For example, there is here at Bol.com
snorkel Available for example here at Bol.com
Protective tape for the hair Straight long hair gets caught in the rubber band of the diving mask. Such a protective tape prevents this. Available for example here at Bol.com
According to personal needs:
fins Available for example here at Bol.com
Boots For example, there is here at Bol.com
Shirt for snorkeling with UV protection For example, there is here at Bol.com
wetsuit Available for example here at Bol.com
Diving license and log book
Dive watch or dive computer Available for example here at Bol.com
Reef leader Southeast Asia Identify the fish immediately after diving. Available for example here at Bol.com

Read now: Here you will find a detailed description of the packing list “Diving and Snorkeling” .

Do not forget:
Books
games Card or dice games such as dice are suitable here, for example , Other tips: Qwixx or Settler-von-Catan dice game
travel Guide Here is an overview
Sewing Available for example here at Bol.com
alarm clock In case you don't use your cell phone for this.
Toilet paper For travel days
Sunglasses + case
notepad
pencils
Sleeping bag inlay Especially useful if you are traveling on a budget. If the bed is not clean or you need a blanket on the bus or train, this is a good option. I have been very satisfied with the Cocoon Inlet TravelSheet for years , Incidentally, this is also available with mosquito repellent, for example at Globetrotter .
As required:
Maps of Southeast Asia Available for example here at Bol.com .
compass For example, there is here at Bol.com .
binoculars For example, there is here at Bol.com .
GPS device
dictionary A pointer dictionary helps away from tourist places
lighter
duct tape
Clothes line
hand washing
pocket knife For example, a Swiss knife or a Leatherman are ideal .
travel lock Available for example here at Bol.com .
mosquito net For example, there is here at Bol.com
Tesa Power Strips For attaching the mosquito net. For example here on Bol.com ,
Possibly. additionally a hook take it with you if no one is there.
umbrella
Glasses + case
diary
Addresses for postcards
neck pillow For the flight. For example, there is here at Bol.com .
Sleep mask Available for example here at Bol.com .
earplugs For example, there is here at Bol.com .
travel pillow For long bus and train journeys
blanket For long bus and train journeys

You can also download my packing list for Thailand, Malaysia Co. as an interactive PDF below. There you can print out the packing list and tick off individual items on the packing list.

Download the printable packing list for Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Southeast Asia here (41 502 downloads)

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