Example packing list

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It’s hard to create a packing list for everyone, especially when it comes to clothing, since you (hopefully) have unique plans. This should be more like a guideline to you. I can only tell you what worked for me. You are very welcome to copy paste the list but think about it yourself and adjust it to your needs. Anyway, my plan was to travel mostly warm regions, with short detours into colder areas, this worked well for me:

  • Passport
  • Credit/Debit cards
  • Cash money (200-300 $ should be enough)
  • Driving license + international driving license
  • Vaccination card
  • Copies of all important documents


  • E-Card (European health insurance card)
  • Prescription medicines
  • Student card (You’ll be surprised how many attractions offer student discounts)
  • Passport photographs (You’ll need many of them)
  • 1x Hat (Baseball cap etc.)
  • 1x Rain jacket/poncho (depending on the regions you travel)
  • 1x Fleece jacket (Even if you just travel warm regions this will be very helpfull, since the air conditioning in buses/trains is almost always way too cool. Otherwise you can use it as a substitue pillow)
  • 1x Hoodie (Same as with the fleece jacket, it can be very helpfull in warm regions aswell, if you want to drive up a higher mountain or sleep in the dessert for one or more nights)
  • 4-5x Shirts/T-shirts
  • 1-2x Longsleeve
  • 1x Belt
  • 1x Zip-off trekking pants (Very usefull for visiting temples in warm regions)
  • 1x Jeans
  • 1x Shorts
  • 1x Sport-shorts (Can be used for swimming aswell)
  • 1x Boardshorts
  • 7x Underwear
  • 3x Socks
  • 1x Shoes of your choice
  • 1x Flip flops


  • Long underwear
  • Sarong
  • Sleeping bag/sleeping bag inlett
  • Umbrella
  • Money belt

For women:

  • Bikini
  • Bra
  • (Travel-) Towel
  • Shampoo
  • Brush/comb
  • Cotton buds
  • Toothbrush with cover, toothpaste, floss
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Nail clipper
  • Toilet paper (Sometimes you might just find a hose in public toilets and I don’t like that too much)
  • Many paper tissues
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellent (optional)
  • Contact lenses and contact lenses solution
  • Condoms

Additionally for men:

  • Razor (With replacement blades)
  • Shaving foam (optional)
  • After shave (optional)

Additionally for women:

  • Sanitary towels/tampons
  • The pill
  • Make up
  • I have no clue, to be honest
Medical Kit
  • Plasters
  • Bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Leukoplast tape (Also very usefull for repairing mosquito nets)
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Antidiarrhoeas (Imodium)
  • You add your own stuff here
Electronics and entertainment
  • Laptop with case
  • Mobile phone (Make sure it does work with different providers and the different networks around the world)
  • Camera with bag, lens brush and cleaning clothes
  • Small tripod
  • Storage medium (SD-cards…)
  • Spare batteries
  • Battery chargers
  • Plug adapter
  • USB stick
  • Book
  • Card game
  • Alarm clock (optional)
  • Pocket knife
  • Sewing kit (For your backpack)
  • Safety pins
  • Spoonfork (Very usefull and underrated)
  • Guidebook (optional)
  • Sun glasses
  • Torch/head torch
  • Ear plugs
  • Lighter
  • Dummy wallet
  • Pen and paper/diary
  • Backpack
  • Small backpack (“Daypack”)
  • Toiletries bag
  • Medical kit
  • Dirty laundry bag (cotton)
  • Freezer bags (For documents and smaller stuff)
  • Plastic bags (For your clothes)

Now you might feel like there is a whole lot missing. I can guarantee you though, if you travel a rather ordinary route, you can cut out everything I labeled “optional” aswell and still have everything you really need. Don’t worry too much about forgetting something. If you forgot something really crucial, besides your documents, you can buy it abroad aswell. Once again, this should be a guideline and is by no means the absolute best solution for everyone.

As always you are very welcome to leave additions/suggestions/opinions in the comments!

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