I can’t believe it, my trip to Asia kicks off tomorrow! It still doesn’t seem real yet.

I’ve managed to fit pretty much everything I want to take with me into two small (carry-on size) backpacks.

For a bag, I chose to go with the Eagle Creek Doubleback 22, because it’s a small rolling case that turns into a backpack and I don’t actually enjoy carrying a lot of weight on my shoulders. I hope I can roll it most of the time. It also comes with a small daypack so it’s really two backpacks in one! As recommended on pretty much every travel blog I visited, I also bought some Eagle Creek packing cubes. 

Finally, I read packing lists from several travel blogs and then created a list on google drive, which I optimized slightly after doing a packing trial.

If you’re curious, here’s what I decided to take with me. I know it’s probably too many “nice” clothes but I’ll be going out for a few “fancy” meals the first couple weeks (including lunch at Nahm). Whatever I don’t use, I plan to give away or mail back en route.

It all fits into two small bags

It all fits into two small bags

The photos show what I’m taking (not pictured are toiletries / medications, a couple books, and on-plane clothes).


  • 2 sports t-shirts 
  • 2 pairs sport shorts
  • 3 pairs running/walking socks
  • 4 tank tops 
  • 6 casual shirts
  • 3 nicer shirts
  • 1 nice skirt
  • 2 dresses
  • 2 pairs shorts (jeans, khaki)
  • Hiking shirt + pants
  • Stretchy pants
  • 9 pairs underwear
  • 2 bras
  • 2 sports bras
  • Pjs (tank top, shorts)
  • 2 bikinis
  • 1-piece swimsuit 
  • 1 pair jeans (to wear on plane)
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt (to wear on plane)
  • Hooded rain jacket (to wear on plane)

Shoes and accessories

  • Cover-up / scarf
  • Flip flops
  • Hiking sandals
  • Flats (for going out)
  • 1 clutch purse
  • 1 cloth bag purse for carrying money under clothes
  • 1 narrow braided belt
  • Small microfiber towel
  • waterproof pouch
  • 1 scarf / hair band
  • Running/walking shoes (wear on plane)
  • Some cheap jewelry I don’t mind losing
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimming goggles

Medication, etc

  • Prescription pills
  • Anti-malaria pills
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Mosquito spray
  • Neosporin 
  • Bandaids
  • Contact lenses
  • Prescription glasses + case


  • Razor and extra blades (have heard they’re hard to get there)
  • deodorant
  • face lotion w/ spf
  • powder and foundation
  • small shampoos
  • body wash + poof
  • sunblock 
  • face wipes
  • hand sanitizer
  • tweezers
  • small brush
  • toothbrush / paste
  • floss


  • Laptop + charger
  • Phone + charger
  • Kindle and charger
  • Adapters


  • Passport and Danish residency card
  • Earplugs
  • Sleeping mask
  • Pen and journal
  • Guidebooks
  • 1 paperback for beach
  • Door stop
  • Pacsafe bag protector (takes up a bit of room so I’m curious if I’ll actually use it)
  • Padlock

Can’t wait to get this 11 hour plane ride over with… See you on the other side!


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