Southeast Asia Travel Guide: Packing List

Yippee, this post is the most fun of all for me to write!! I used to be the summer missions coordinator for Cru in our region, and I absolutely LOVED looking over the packing guides and travel information for all the different locations. This post is going to be a lot of text, so I won’t want to waste any more time! Here is everything that I thought was important to pack for six weeks in Cambodia, with links where applicable.

Note: I will say that obviously this is what I packed, and you should tweak it to your own needs.

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  • Tom Bihn Aeronaut 45 backpack/suitcase
  • LL Bean Stowaway Day Pack
  • Tom Bihn Shop Sack
  • Indonesian fabric batik tote

Papers, Wallet, Important Info

  • Debit card & credit card (notify your bank of your travel plans before using your card overseas so it won’t get flagged for fraudulent activity)
  • Driver’s license
  • Copies of all important documents (passport, driver’s license, health insurance cards, travel insurance, prescriptions, immunization documentation, emergency contact information, addresses of where you’ll be staying)
  • One or two photos of your spouse or family to sit on your nightstand or place on your mirror


  • 4 tank tops
  • 4 short-sleeved shirts (including 1 comfy t-shirt that can be worn out or as loungewear)
  • 4 bottoms (2 pairs of linen pants to protect against mosquitoes, 1 pair of knee-length gauchos, 1 knee-length cotton/stretch skirt)
  • 2 dresses (knee-length)
  • 1 comfy long-sleeve item for the plane (lightweight hoodie)
  • 1-2 lightweight items to cover shoulders when wearing tanks (kimono, blouse or lightweight cardigan)
  • 1 pair of athletic shorts to wear in the hotel and to beaches
  • 1 set of pajamas (cotton shorts, tank top)
  • 7-10 pairs of underwear
  • 2 bras (1 t-shirt bra, 1 sports bra)
  • 1 pair of socks to wear on the plane
  • 1 comfortable, not too skimpy bikini (can wear the top as a bra if needed!)
  • 1 one-piece bathing suit
  • 1 pair of sturdy, hiking sandals (LL Bean)
  • 1 pair of sturdy, waterproof sandals (Olukai)


  • 1 baseball cap
  • 1 straw hat
  • 1 waterproof rain jacket (LL Bean) [Note: waterPROOF is necessary, not just water resistant, if you will be outside in the rain and want to stay dry!]
  • 1-2 pairs of sunglasses (depending on how often you usually break or lose yours ;))
  • Stretchy headband
  • A few non-flashy pairs of earrings
  • Waterproof watch with an alarm


  • Travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, and body wash (can buy a razor in-country and use a rag from the hotel)
  • Small face wash (I am bringing a Norwex face rag instead)
  • Facial cleanser wipes (Yes to Coconut wipes)
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush, anti-bacterial toothbrush cover, travel toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Eye care (contact case, travel solution, glasses, prescription sunglasses, 2-3 pairs of extra contacts, eye drops)
  • Makeup (I am bringing 1 tube of foundation and 1 lipstick)
  • Feminine care (tampons, pads, cleansing wipes, etc.)
  • Hair ties, elastics, and bobby pins
  • Q-tips
  • Travel containers of Charmin toilet paper or a few packs of tissues
  • Go girl (on the go potty for women)


  • Prescriptions and medications you use daily – enough to last the entire time. You may need to visit your doctor to get extra refills if you’ll be gone longer than 1 month (allergy, acid reflux, pain reliever, inhaler, birth control, etc.)
  • Prescriptions for travel – malaria antibiotics, traveler’s diarrhea, anything else your doctor recommends
  • Vitamins (these vitamins don’t have minerals in them – I ordered because you aren’t supposed to take minerals with doxycycline, the type of antibiotic I am taking for malaria)
  • Probiotics – definitely take some if you are on an antibiotic for malaria! (I got these from Target)
  • Medicines you may need and first aid (Imodium, Tylenol, anti-itch/sting cream for bug bites, Neosporin or wound cleaner, bandaids)
  • Homeopathic medicines for anxiety, sleeping, cold/flu, etc. (I use a couple of homeopathic sleep aids when traveling including Arbonne Sleep Spray and a roll-on essential oil, always bring oscillo to prevent flu, and have used homeopathic anxiety reducers in the past)
  • Cough drops (you may need them on the plane)
  • Bug spray (2 boxes of OFF! Deep Woods wipes (they don’t add to your limited liquids budget!), 1 travel size tube of bug spray, and a mosquito repellent bracelet)
  • Suncreen (two sun block sticks, which also aren’t liquid)
  • Cleansers (travel pack of Shout stain removal wipes, travel pack of Lysol wipes)


  • Smartphone (check with your phone company to see how much it costs to call or text the US for emergencies, if needed) + buy a cheap phone when you get in-country
  • Phone chargers (2)
  • Laptop and protective case
  • Computer charger
  • Camera (DSLR) with one lens (24-70mm) and battery, 2 memory cards, and UV filter to protect the lens
  • Camera cable and battery charger
  • Wall adapters and voltage converters


  • Arbonne energy and hydration sticks
  • Protein powder packets
  • Peanut butter to-go containers and crackers
  • Protein bars, fruit snacks
  • Snacks for the plane (apples, yogurt pretzels, popcorn, chips, or candy)


  • 1 book
  • 2-3 magazines
  • Headphones
  • Music, TV shows, and movies downloaded onto smartphone


  • Headlamp with batteries
  • Packable bag for dirty laundry
  • Luggage locks to keep cleaning people out of your stuff
  • Travel pillow
  • Turkish towel – can use as a blanket, scarf, sarong, or towel
  • Dry bag to keep electronics safe in your backpack in case of rain

8 thoughts on “Southeast Asia Travel Guide: Packing List

  1. ruhenhoque says:

    My girlfriend and I want to go travelling at the end of 2017 or the start of 2018, I have had a look at packing lists before, but your one is really concise.
    I have a 75L bag which I may take but a few websites have stated you can go for smaller, so unsure as to what size to go for right now.
    Thank you for your post.


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