Asia-Pacific Packing List

I thought I’d share something more useful than just my thoughts this time… my packing list from when I backpacked Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii over the course of two months (the end of October until the end of December).  I had boiling hot and humid climates (hi, Koh Phangan) all the way down to snow and frosty mornings on New Zealand’s south island.

All of my gear fit in my 55L pack (I also had a small cooler bag that I carried my food in).  I am generally a very light packer, and I was extremely pleased with what I brought on my trip.  Without further ado, here is my packing list from fall 2015:


  • 55L backpack
  • Lifestraw water bottle (I was able to drink the water in Thailand with no issue)
  • Sea to Summit day pack (this is one of my FAVORITE things!!!)
  • Headlamp
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleeping bag
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Packing cubes for organization of clothes/undergarments
  • Small carabiner (for hanging things, they’re actually really great)
  • Blow up neck pillow (a lifesaver for long flights and bus rides)


  • 1 pair of athletic shorts
  • Knee-length leggings
  • Full-length leggings
  • Hiking pants
  • Jeans
  • 2 pairs of hiking socks
  • 4 pairs of athletic socks
  • 8 pairs of underwear
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt
  • Patagonia better sweater (I legitimately wore this like 85% of my days in New Zealand)
  • Down jacket (super warm, super light and they pack down very small)
  • Rain jacket
  • Baseball hat
  • Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Ear band
  • Buff/bandana


  • Birkenstocks (My favorite shoes in the worlddd, don’t get me started)
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking boots
  • Cheap flip flops for hostel showers


  • Ibuprofen
  • Pepto Bismol tablets
  • Small first aid kit
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body soap
  • Razor
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Come
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray


  • Kindle and charger
  • Phone and charger
  • Outlet adapter
  • Headphones
  • Wallet and passport
  • Silk undercover bra stash (way better than a money belt… I still use this all the time, it is a travel necessity for me!)
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 plastic shopping bags (these are always so clutch when you need them!)
  • 5 Ziploc bags
  • Combo lock for hostels


What I brought that I shouldn’t have:

  • Thermarest (it took up a lot of space and I didn’t use it nearly enough)


Final thoughts…

You will DEFINITELY not need as much stuff as you think.  And you will also accumulate more stuff along the way for sure.  Also, find hostel friends to split a washing machine with when it’s time to do laundry, that was a big money saver, since I barely had enough clothes for a full load anyways.  Happy traveling guys!