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Packing List for South East Asia

packing list for backpacking south east asia - thailand and laos

In my opinion life is better with a list… mainly due to the fact if I don’t have this I would forget EVERYTHING! anddd knowing me they would be the most important things (phone charger, tooth brush or camera) and then curse myself!

So I have written down all of the things I packed to take with me so that the same doesn’t happen to you ๐Ÿ™‚

…if you are not here yet see my post 10 Important Things to Arrange Before Backpacking or planning a back packing trip

wanderlust bee Packing list asia (thailand and laos)


  • Back pack ( I had 75L)
  • Some local currency- Thai baht  (Remember the exchange rate is better there)


  • Passport
  • Insurance
  • Visa
  • Photocopies of important documents
  • Copies of any prebooked items


  • Light weight shorts
  • A pair of denim shorts
  • Vest tops
  • Non-crease dress
  • Tshirt
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Leggings
  • Huddy – perfect for flying and super comfy for travelling on busses
  • A rain jacket
  • Bikinis
  • Beach cover up
  • Beach towel/ microfibre towel(super light and dry fast)
  • Thin cardigan
  • PJ’s


  • A pair of foam flip flops – comfy for walking around I.e Havanas
  • Sandals
  • Trainers/ pumps


  • Sunglasses
  • A hat
  • A scarf/sarong
  • Backpack I had a 75L more than enough to fit everything I needed and souvenirs whilst there
  • A bag for the day (I had a 15L bag)
  • Bag for night


  • Shampoo and conditioner –
  • Body wash
  • Hair care- I always cart with me something to try and tame my hair
  • Hair brush
  • Tooth brush and paste
  • Sun cream ( start with a high factor spf50 there is no ozone in Thailand)
  • Aftersun
  • Perfume / deodorant
  • Razor
  • Lip balm
  • Make up?
  • Anti mosquito spray
  • Travel wash


  • Malaria tablets ( depending where you are going you may need these)
  • First aid kit (plasters, bandage, antiseptic wipes)
  • Any medications you may need
  • Antihistamine
  • The pill
  • Tiger balm
  • After bite
  • Imodium
  • Paracetamol +/ Ibuprofen


  • Hair dryer- I couldn’t be bothered taking one but my friend had a travel one
  • Straighteners
  • Plug adapters
  • Extension lead
  • A phone – I took a rubbish £10 one this was my biggest regret wifi everywhere and broke my camera
  • Camera
  • Phone charger/tablet charger
  • Rechargeable batteries and charger
  • Speakers
  • Hand held torch
  • Head torch(excellent for if you have to jump off a bus and squat or on the jungle)


  • Microfibre towel – Very quick drying
  • Vaccume bags- separate clothes and keep them dry and bug free
  • Waterproof cover for back pack
  • Padlocks for bag zips
  • Silk sleeping bag(stops the bugs getting in although I had a cheap cotton one and was fine)
  • Notepad and pen to document your travels (you think you will remember it all but you won’t! And great entertainment to read on the plane home)
  • Guide book of south east Asia or of the specific country you are visiting (if just one or two this is best it has more info in)
  • We took a bike lock and it came in handy when doors to our room wouldn’t lock properly
  • I have also seen people taking a Pacsafe for if you want to keep laptops, iPad and expensive cameras and travel documents (I didn’t have much worth stealing so did not need one)


wanderlust bee packing list south east asia thailand and laos


Are you all packed and ready to go?

Did you have anything extra on your list? let me know in the comments below ↓


Thanks for reading

B x


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