Asia Travel 101: What to Pack for a Trip to Asia

Are you planning a trip to Southeast Asia this year but are not sure what to pack? Depending on the month and the destination, Southeast Asia offers a variety of climates and weather fluctuations. There is high temperatures and lots of rain in this popular tourist destination and it is important to think in terms of wet and warm. If you are not traveling up into high altitudes you don't really need a jacket for this type of adventure.  If you want some tips on what to pack for Southeast Asia, then check out this list and tips on clothing and objects to bring with you.

Mix and Match Your Clothes
Pack lightly and choose clothes that you can match with other clothing items. Women can pack two to three pairs of pants, two pairs of shorts, light blouses, a cotton skirt, four to five pairs of underwear and four pairs of socks. One or two bathing suits and a sarong comes in handy if you are staying at a hotel with a pool. Make sure all of your clothes are completely interchangeable.  The same goes for men minus the sarong and skirt.

Choose Fabrics that Dry Easily
Nowadays we have many clothing options to choose from where synthetics are concerned. Buy clothes that dry fast and that can be hung out in the sunshine. If you choose to take cotton clothing items with you, you may have to wait a little longer for them to dry but this material is the next best thing to synthetic fabrics.

Shoes are Essential
It is extremely important that you have two solid pairs of dependable shoes. Make sure you have a durable pair of running shoes that can both survive the wet, rough and muddy terrains. It might be smart to have one pair of hiking shoes for rocky paths and hills, one pair of general running shoes for walking and a pair of light flip flops for beach days.

Leave Toiletries at Home
In Southeast Asia the weather is like a sauna. You don't need all the hairspray, gels, moisturizers, make-up and other various products you use at home on a general basis. Take the basics such as shaving cream, razors, sun block, a few bars of soap, travel size shampoo and conditioner, a comb, nail clippers, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste. Keep it simple.

Prepare for Rain and Lots of It
If you can pack it, bring a lightweight rain jacket or poncho that can protect you from rain when need by. Pack a purse-sized umbrella for those extra rainy days.

Pack a Fan
It does get extremely humid so if you can find one of those mini-fans that you can take anywhere with you, bring one. It may be a lifesaver and make all the difference when you feel overwhelmed by the heat in this popular tourist destination.

Extras to Take With You
Make sure you have copies of your passport, driver's license, identification and other important documents when you travel to Southeast Asia. Put a copy in your carry-on bag and in your luggage and keep one with you at all times. Make sure you have enough of your personal medications so you don't run out and run into an emergency. 

Keep the prescriptions with the actual medications as well. Take a roll of toilet paper just in case as some areas and hotels are not up to par with amenities and services. Bring mosquito repellent and a hat for extra protection from bugs and the sun when you are out touring around. Be a smart traveler and leave your valuables at home. There is nothing worse than losing your great grandma's pearl earrings during a canal boat ride or a jungle trek.

Author: Natasha Jervis
Natasha Jervis is a dedicated and professional travel copywriter with over 14 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. Some of her past and current roles include the New York Times travel channel on, Sunwing Vacations,, and a variety of other worldwide travel media resources.  You can find some of her more recent works here. Registered & Protected

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