Packing Advice for the first-time traveller in South East Asia


When planning a trip to South East Asia, whether its summer or Monsoon season, you mainly need to pack light with lots of loose clothing. However, make sure you respect the local culture such as packing clothes to cover your legs and shoulders for visiting temples, churches or mosques.

Around April and May, most of South East Asia is hot and dry but from then until October, the monsoon season arrives and it becomes wet and humid. After that, from November to February, the weather is much cooler with dry winds blowing from the North.

If you’re planning to go during the Monsoon season, avoid packing heavy clothing, as it will be too warm for the humid climate. Bring sandals, a light waterproof raincoat and a small umbrella. For more information: What to pack for Monsoon Season in South East Asia.

If you’re going during the summer months, be sure to bring a hat and sunglasses to avoid heatstroke! Similarly to Monsoon season, bring light cotton clothes, sandals and flip-flops, especially if you’re visiting a city as it is usually more humid than the coast.

Don’t forget, you can always buy your clothes at your destination! Most cities in South East Asia have places that sell cheap clothing but bear in mind that most clothes are made to fit smaller body shapes.

Packing Essentials

Travel Documents – be sure to protect your important travel documents from theft. Ensure you make a copy of your passport, driving license and airline ticket and keep it in a separate location.

aed048_da111577d3004692beccdf1e790ed699~mv2Toiletries – There are plenty of pharmacies and shops in the cities of South East Asia to provide all of your day-to-day stuff such as deodorants, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. While medical supplies are also easy to find in cities, you may want to pack your own to be absolutely sure, especially if you’re not going to be in the city much! Anti-diarrhoea tablets, rehydration packets, water-purifying tablets, sunscreen, mosquito repellent are all useful and important things to bring with you wherever you go in South East Asia.

Here’s a small list of useful things to bring on your trip!

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  • Torch
  • Water Bottle
  • Ear plugs
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • First Aid Kit
  • Wet wipes
  • Bug Spray
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Sun cream
  • Solar battery recharger

Good luck on your travels! Any questions? Get in touch!

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