Added by on May 14, 2018

My Packing list for Southeast Asia – Travel tips

This is what I plan to bring for a 6 month nomadic adventure to southeast Asia using only a 50L backpack.

After many years of nomadic backpacking, I think I finally have found a travel packing list that I’m very comfortable with. Now, this is my own personal list, the things that I chose to bring with me. I do understand that you may have different needs, and travel somewhat differently than I, so I would encourage you to take this travel packing list and adapt it to your personal style, to create your own unique nomad adventure for your Southeast Asia travel.

Though eating is my biggest passion in life, it goes together with my passion to travel. I love to travel, and ever since I was a child I grew up in a family that lived overseas. After graduating from University, I decided to travel the world on my own and experience as much as I could. When I first began solo backpacking I lugged around a pretty good size backpack – I think it was a 36 liter or something like that. I formerly carried about 6 sets of clothing, a few pairs of shoes, 5 books, all sorts of gadgets I never really needed or used, and a bunch of other unnecessary list of things.

I also noticed that other backpackers had other humongous backpacks that they carried with them everywhere they went (and it looked painful). Too many clothes and too many toiletries, were a few of the things I noticed very commonly as I backpacked around Southeast Asia.

But the more I traveled, the more I realized the benefits of being able to travel light – that is carrying only the necessary things and being mindful that nearly everything you could need is available at your destination. Not only is much more convenient and easier to get around, it also saves your back! For this travel packing list, it wouldn’t really matter if I’m going on a trip for 1 week or 3 months, the list would be the same.

So here is my travel packing list (following the video):

2 pairs of socks, 3 pairs of underwear, 1 pair of lightweight shorts, 1 cargo shorts, 2 extra t-shirts, towel, light fleece jacket (depending on where you’re going of course), wind pants, flip flops, scarf (for warmth or sun), leatherman tool, sunglasses, lock, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, floss, sunscreen, toenail clippers, tylenol, 1 book, Bible, external hard drive, battery charges, small cell phone, universal adapter, laptop (I would only recommend if you need it), pens, notebook, wallet, credit cards, passport, passport photos, Canon DSLR camera, lens, Rode video mic, tripod.

Also the clothes I’m wearing: 1 t-shirt, 1 pair of jeans, underwear, pair of shoes, socks

Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag – I really love this camera bag!
The North Face Big Shot Daypack – Great backpack, perfect size. Alternatively I use an North Face 55l Backpack .

Get all my travel packing list details here:

SE Asia
Southeast Asia
Nomadic travel
Travel Overseas
Nomadic Matt
Travel Muse
Resfeber Magazine
Chang Mai

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  • Blacklisted Athletics 1 year ago

    I agree with the north face big shot. I've had mine for 8 years and I've taken it around the world. It's about 35 liters and it's the perfect size with the right amount of pocket space. Cinches down really well and you can stuff that bag to the brim

  • Thomas Franklin 1 year ago

    excellent logic

  • Maria Massey 1 year ago

    You just seem to have a very positive personality. Lovely accent and voice. Great video! From Pakistan

  • Thuan Duong 1 year ago

    Excellent packing. Good advice.

  • Carlos Somchai 1 year ago

    Awesome packing advice for southeast Asia. One thing I have learned and as Mark stated was to pack very minimal toiletries. On your flight just carry small travel size essentials and when you arrive to your destination a quick trip to the local 7-11 (which are also everywhere in Bangkok) you will find everything you need & cheap. Even if you forget your medications you will find them at the many pharmacies and you won't need a prescription. I also recommend to buy shorts that are the fast dry type material (non-cotton) as they will dry very fast there. The only other thing that I do carry is a small translation book that I read on flight.

  • SVEN FILMS 1 year ago

    Just came back from a 6 months backpaking trip around South east asia and I totally agree with these tips. Not bringing too much things and the fleece pants. Defininelty a MUST.

  • Andrew Whittington 1 year ago

    power adapter.

  • Shnitzalbrain2 1 year ago

    Stole this video from the almighty Wiens!