Southeast Asia Packing List Clothes and Shoes:
We changed our minds countless times until finally settling on the items we needed rather than those we wanted on our Southeast Asia packing list. We have missed having a wider choice in clothes but in reality you don’t need a lot in tropical climates and most things can be brought on markets cheaply (especially if you don’t mind vests saying ‘Siem Reap, Chang Beer or Same Same’).
His – Southeast Asia Packing List:
- 1 fleece for colder nights and air-con buses. I used Tog 24 Axis Fleece which is great, but any micro fleece would be good, check this one from Patagonia on Amazon.com which I also liked.
- 1 raincoat (one that can go over the top of your day bag and fold up small is useful) This packable cagoule from Peter Storm was great, really waterproof and packs into its own little bag. Find it also here on Amazon.com
- 2 long sleeve shirts. I went for a Craghoppers Nosilife and a smarter one for the evening. I wish I brought one more of these as they were much cooler and prevented mosquito bites. Find the Craghoppers Nosilife here on Amazon.com and also eBay UK.
- 2 short sleeve shirts (I brought a reversible shirt for more choice)
- 3 t-shirts (keep them as thin as possible due to the heat, white is hard to keep clean)
- Sleeveless vest for the beach/pool
- 1 long pair trousers for nights out and wearing around the temples where you need your legs / knees covered. I went for light weight Chinos.
- 2 hybrid shorts which doubled as smart shorts and swim shorts. I took O’neil Hybrid shorts and they were great. Also here on Amazon.com and eBay UK.
- 2 normal swim shorts (I could have done without these really) Amazon.com
- 5 pair of underwear – 2 pairs of Jocky boxers (Amazon.com / eBay UK) as they dry really fast after washing and Calvin Klien (Amazon.com / eBay UK) boxers – they don’t dry as fast but are really comfortable for long journeys and hikes.
- 2 bandanas – kept my uncut hair from my face and acted as a sweatband
- 2 pairs of socks
- Sunglasses – get a good pair for UV protection.
- Hat (My Favourite)
- Flip flops: For hot countries and time by the beach. Mine are Quicksilver Molokai Layback from Amazon.com these are super comfortable and they have lasted really well. Also on eBay UK here.
- Sperry Top Siders: Great for when you want to dress it up a little, they can be worn with or without socks. These are really well made and very comfortable. These could be used for hiking shoes if needed but I used my Tevas for all my hiking. Find also here at Amazon.com
- Teva Sandals: Nerdy but essential. I used these most out of all my footwear as they were really comfortable offering great support whether walking all day in a hot city or climbing in the jungle. The only con is they were a bit slippery when they got wet but they probably have another type for this and they did look a little worse for wear over time though this did not affect their effectiveness. We got a 1 year warranty with out Tevas. Also grab these on Amazon.com
Her – Southeast Asia Packing List:
- 1 black bra for evenings (Tip: It is difficult to find bras in larger sizes so make it a good quality one). I used bikini tops during the day due to the heat.
- 1 sports bra for hikes/bike rides etc
- 1 light weight pair of hiking socks and 1 pair of trainer socks
- 8 underwear (I could have got by with less)
- 3 lightweight summer dresses – take up little space and good for evening or daytime
- 1 black shrug/cardigan suitable for summer
- A nice black top for evenings
- 1 skirt (I could have done without this as I did not wear it much)
- 3 shorts (2 for the day and 1 for the evenings)
- 2 t-shirts
- 3 vest tops (I could have got by with one as I wore these less due to risk of sunburn)
- 1 exercise leggings (great for hikes)
- 1 jumper
- 1 light weight rain coat (one that can go over the top of your day bag and fold up small is useful)
- 1 wool hat (I packed mine for Sapa and Mount Bromo)
- 1 sarong (I used this as a blanket, scarf, shawl, sarong and cushion)
- 1 long sleeve Craghoppers Nosilife shirt for trekking (I did not feel fashionable at all but it deterred the mozzies) Find it here on Amazon.com.
- 1 sun hat (a baseball cap did not do the trick and I had to get a wide brimmed sunhat)
- Sunglasses (get ones that block UV rays to protect your eyes)
Tip: Elephant pants are not worth it, Mosquitos can bite through them, they rip easily and they make you sweat. You can buy clothes cheaply from local markets and if you go to Malaysia their H&M is often cheaper than the markets.
- Merrels walking trainers – I didn’t want my feet exposed in the jungle so sacrificed space to bring my old faithful Merrels. They are waterproof, lightweight, durable and really comfortable. Find here on Amazon.com
- A pair of silver flipflops – I used these in the evenings as they went with everything
- A cheap pair of flipflops for the beach/pool (not pictured)
- Teva sandals (see above). Also on Amazon.com