South East Asia is a subregion of Asia that consists of the countries that are geographically south of China and Japan, east of India, west of Papua New Guinea, and north of Australia. So undoubtedly the views that South-East Asia offers you will be gorgeous. To help you with your travel plans here is a packing list for South East Asia.

Packing List For South East Asia

Here is a list of things that can help you plan your trip to South East Asia better. Do let us know in the comments section if you think there are more things than this to carry along.


To start with something like a backpack is a good option because packing is the most important part of the travel plan. Choose a correct backpack for yourself and you are sorted for your entire trip. Carrying a bad quality or uncomfortable backpack for your trip can cause a lot of health issues and travel issues. Make sure you choose the correct one for yourself.

Travel backpacks

First Aid

First aid is not something that you should include only in your packing list for South East Asia but also take it everywhere you travel. Apart from this, make sure you carry your subscribed medicines so that you don’t face any medical emergency during your travel. You may not find a pharmacy wherever you go. Keep some medicines ready with you. Here is a basic first aid list that you should carry with you:

  • Bandaids
  • Blister pads
  • Spray for sprains
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Antibiotics
  • Diarrhoea medication
  • Aspirin
  • Seasickness/motion sickness medicine
  • Antiseptics
  • Painkillers
  • Bandage tape
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Sunburn treatment
  • Cotton
  • Gauze
  • Prescribes medicine if any

Apart from this if you feel the need to take any additional medication with you. Please add it to the list and do let us know in the comments section to spread the awareness.

Mosquito repellant

Mosquitos are prone to hot and humid climates. And this weather is offered throughout South East Asia. These carriers of Dengue and Malaria will not spare you if you think they will. Please carry a mosquito repellant with you to protect yourself from these little monsters.


I personally never forget to carry sunscreen with me while travelling. That is because tanning doesn’t only change the colour of your skin it also damages your skin severely. Make sure you carry a sunscreen that has SPF 50 at least. You might have to reapply it after some time but it will definitely be helpful to you.

woman hiking putting sunscreen

A good sunscreen will save you from possible skin damage.


If you are staying in a high-end hotel or a resort, you might not need toiletries since they provide everything there. But if you are staying in a homestay, hostel or any other budget accommodation you must carry your toiletries with you. I would suggest that you keep your toiletries in small bottles instead of carrying large bottles of shampoos, moisturisers or facewash. Carrying small bottles will help you build some space for many other things.

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes will help you distribute and pack in an organised way. You can distribute all your stuff according to “what would you need while travelling” and “what you need once you reach your destination”.

For example, your toiletries can be in one packing cube, your t-shirts can be in one, your bottoms can take one packing cube, your shoes and undergarments can take two cubes and hand sanitiser, book, passport, sunglasses, sunscreen can take one packing cube that you can keep in your backpack so that you can use them as frequently as you want to.

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Packing cubes

Sun hat

The climate in South East Asia can be hot and humid in the day so if you are planning to go sightseeing, make sure you carry a sun hat with you and a good sunscreen that can protect you from the sun and keep your skin from getting burned. Plus these days it is very easy to find a sun hat. There are different styles and patterns available for you to buy.

Read “Types of Hats for Summer Travel to up your Fashion Statement” to know more.

Rain Jacket

The weather sometimes in South East Asia can be unpredictable. It is always good to carry a rain jacket with you so that in case it rains, you are prepared; unless you want to be a child again and dance in the rain. I would love to do that if I were you.


It is always nice to pack sufficient and not extra for your trip. Your travelling shoes should be comfortable enough to be in, the entire day. You can keep flats with you if you are planning to go sightseeing and keep your party shoes ready with you in case you get a chance to dress up and enjoy a dinner party.

Travel Adaptor

There are chances that you might not find the same outlet type everywhere to charge your electronics. It is important to know what type of outlet do they have so that you get an adapter like that. The better solution is to keep a universal travel adapter that works practically everywhere. It is highly affordable and you will save yourself from the hassle also.

These were a few things that you should keep in your packing list for South-East Asia. Please let us know in the comments section if you feel there are things required apart from the above mentioned.

Have a great trip!


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