If you’re thinking about heading to Asia, whether it’s for a short holiday or for the journey of a lifetime, there’s never been a better time to do it. Flights are cheaper than they ever have been before with a huge variety of airlines to choose from, and there’s a huge amount of free information available for researching your journey.
In a sea of information where there’s endless, often conflicting advice about what to pack, how can you know what you need to bring with you? To solve that problem we bring you the list of the 5 things that are absolutely essential for your Asian getaway.
When traveling through Asia, it’s likely that you’ll be going through several different countries, all of which have different security requirements at airports. Travel cubes are handy lightweight bags that go inside your backpack so that rather than having to pull out half your clothes and all of your underwear out just to get to the nail file at the bottom of your bag, you can simply pull out the three or four cubes and pack them easily back in when you’re finished.
Good deodorant can be quite expensive in a lot of Asian countries and often hard to find when you need it most. Quite a lot of deodorants stocked in local stores aren’t even antiperspirant but just scented. Aerosols are a no-go when it comes to flying so bring a roll on or stick deodorant with you, but make sure it’s less than 100ml because airport security frequently considers these to be a liquid.
This one might be another boring and rather obvious item, but there are few things that will ruin your trip more than having your passport and money stolen. Hostels in Asia more commonly have lockers that are fitted with a clasp that can be fixed with a padlock rather than a locker that requires a key, and while hostels will often sell padlocks, they’re usually cheap local varieties that use identical locks in each packet, meaning that anyone else at the same hostel who buys a lock can probably open yours as well.
Not having Imodium when you need it most is right up there with losing your passport. I’m sure you don’t need us to spell out the consequences for you, but we will point out that traveling through Asia generally involves a lot of long bus rides and connecting flights. If you only bring one thing from this list, make sure it’s this one.
Portable bags such as this one are extremely handy for putting your laundry in while you’re staying at a hotel or hostel, while not taking up much space in your luggage. Laundry isn’t overly expensive to do but it’s not necessarily cheap either, so if you can do more items at once it will make it more cost effective. These bags are also very convenient for putting most your packing in if you’ve only brought the one backpack and want to use it as a daypack when you’re staying in the one location.