South East Asia is always the hot travel spot, that tourists worldwide flock around all year long. The seducing white-sand beaches, sunshine, delicious food, culture diverse and most important, the affordability. It is hard to refuse the temptation.
Packing is hard enough if you want to survive the humidity in the tropical South-East Asia. As someone who has lived all my life in summer, trust me if I say these are the essentials you will need to bring along.
The weather in SEA is always, always hot and humid, you sweat almost all the time unless you choose to snooze and stay in the air conditioned environment for your entire trip. So, something loose will do best, bring along your shorts, maxi dresses, baggy pants, button-up shirts, blouses, T-shirt or blouse will do. A small light jacket is necessary too, just in case. No need to bring the whole lot, the sun here will dry your clothes in no time, so a few pieces for mix and match are enough.
A pair of flip-flop and sneakers will do, unless you are into trekking or mountain climbing, then get your hiking shoes as well. If you likely to walk a lot, get the shoes that you feel most comfortable walking for like 12 hours or so. Don’t forget the pretty socks too.
Glasses and sun hats, of course, to look cool while posing for a photo and more importantly, to protect you from the glaring sun.
A light scarf too, is a must if you are going to visit the temples and mosques in your itinerary, bring a scarf to save you the “rental cost” for cover up you will need to enter these premises. In addition, due to the quick temperature change in and outside of the AC environment, a scarf will keep you from freezing while inside the public transportation or shopping malls.
Another must have item is a bum bag, it is easier to carry while shopping or going for adventure tours. Plus, it is safer to keep your valuable things near you while wandering around the streets. Snatch theft is everywhere in the world but I must say, it more severe here.
Raincoat is a necessity due to the unpredictable rains, especially if you are bound for the monsoon seasons. Don’t worry, the rains are generally come and leave pretty quickly, but it’s still good to prepare a raincoat just in case.
A cheap unlock phone
Get a local sim everywhere you go and allow easier communication. Your latest iPhone may be in danger if you keep pulling it in and out of your pockets when strolling along the street.
Insect repellent is a life saver. Welcome to the land of insects, tropical weather makes it perfect for mosquitoes, bugs and all. So make sure you are ready for them otherwise, you’ll be scratching yourself the whole night through.
Shoes and Body Deodorizer, as we emphasis on the key words here: hot and humid. Get a spray bottle and make sure you sanitise your sneakers or sports shoes properly on the go. Meanwhile, it will do you some good if you don’t stink up everywhere you go, so pile on the Body Deodorizer.
Sunblock crème: the sun the sun the sun… tan is sexy while getting burned is not
Don’t let street food destroy your fun. Travelling means you got to try a bunch of new food and the food is not always compatible with your digest system so keep the charcoal pills handy.
Public toilets are not always clean and dry tissue won’t do, wet tissue with some sanitised function is the one you will be looking for. Plus, it can really refresh you in a hot afternoon.
If you forget to bring some, don’t panic. You can get almost everything from clothes to personal care at a wallet-friendly price.
So pack light, experience full!
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June explores different roles to find out what is her passion. She used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, she figures that her passion is to express the hospitality spirit from her heart and inspire others from her works. Being a writer for LadyRedot, where she get inspired and inspire others, and running her own bed and breakfast in her homeland. She views life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join her as she shares her passion with you! You can reach out to her @ LinkedIn.