I could have sworn I was a pro packer, after taking dozens of trips, both local and international (and not including the hundred of weekend away trips in South Korea). I thought I knew all the packing tips to get it right.
The night before my month long trip to South East Asia, I was calmly packing and repacking all of my clothes to get to the bare minimum amount of stuff that I actually needed. I even threw aside more than half of that which I wanted to bring…in an act of being super strict with which clothing items actually made the cut.
My goal was 7kg – just enough to make carry on luggage and to avoid having to check in my luggage if I didn’t want to.
I packed everything I thought I would need for a few days, with the intention to wash and wear as I went along so that I had a cycle of clean v.s dirty clothes, but just enough clothing to actually wear something fresh while the rest of the clothes got washed.
After packing my bag, I went to sleep and a few hours later embarked on a fun journey into the unknown.
What I realised day 2 of my trip was that I had packed way too much stuff..even though I really had only a handful of clothing… and the material and colours (grey) of the clothing which I brought with me were not suitable at all for the climate I was in! Total packing fail.
I was furious at myself for bringing the wrong things and for following misleading packing list advice from other travel bloggers.
So what did I end up doing on day 2 in Hong Kong? Posting half of my clothing back home and buying more suitable items. Talk about a waste of money! I can’t think of a worse way to start a short back packing trip than the way I did it!
To help you avoid making the same mistakes I made, I’ve created a super packing list just for you. Trust me in what I say and follow it. You really don’t need any more clothing that what’s on the list. Even if you are jetting out for a month (like me) or longer, what’s on the list is the perfect amount!
Save this list somewhere safe and share it with anyone which you know may be backpacking to asia in the near future!