today I would like to share some important tips for travelling in Southeast Asia with you. Especially, when you’re backpacking for the first time on a foreign continent and visiting Asia for the first time, it’s not bad to read some reports like these on our GoBali Blog, follow tumblr-blogs or any kind of people writing about traveling in the internet. So, here are my personal tips and items you need/should consider while traveling. Of course this is very subjective text – but maybe it can help you preparing for studying abroad or traveling in Asia.
1) Mosquito net and repellent (some meters of rope to attach the net – especially in the rainforest you shouldn’t miss those things if you don’t want your skin look like a chain of red, itchy mountains)
2) A thin sleeping bag or blanket (in cheap hotels and hostels often not present)
3) Long clothes and bandanna or scarf for your neck and throat (often air conditioner in airports, planes, busses and public buildings are that cold, especially compared to the temperature outside, that you get sick within 2 hours)
4) A small bag (hipsters prefer individual creative burlaps :P) for your important and value belongings, which you should always carry at your body
5) A knife, a lighter and a good torch (perfect is a head torch: arriving in a dark city in the night, hiking in the night, going to bathroom in a camp without electricity in the night, searching lost things on the ground…)
6) If you change some Dollars before starting your journey you can buy food at every international airport without changing money in bad rates and you have some reserve money which is often accepted in touristic places.
7) Sun milk and sunglasses (Sun milk is extremely expensive in Bali)
8) Hygienic hand gel and paper tissues (sometimes I feel more dirty than before after using Indonesian wash bowls and bathrooms)
9) An interesting pocket book for relaxed days, waiting at airports and long bus rides
10) A bottle of duty free alcohol to share with your new friends in hostels
11) Medicine bag (Ibuprofen, Imodium, something against rhinitis (cold, throat, running nose), first aid kit including plaster, disinfectant, bandage)
12) Washbag including everything you need (international love is good love, but stay safe!)
13) A scan of all your important documents in your Dropbox (passport, credit cards, student ID, tan list, international driving license, insurance, injection pass – If something get stolen, you left your credit card in the hotel but want to book a flight spontaneously…)
14) Travel guide (lonely planet Southeast Asia is one of the best)
15) Mobile USB charger for you Smartphone, camera, and technical stuff (Amazon: 20 – 30 euro)
16) Multi-adapter for electricity (essential eg. in Malaysia)
17) Enough memory cards for your cameras if your travelling without a laptop. Alternatively, you can take an external hard drive and a card reader to safe your files in public places, a hostel or Internet cafe
18) iPod with enough music (long bus rides, when it’s not possible to read or sleep because of bumpy streets)
19) Headphones or earplugs (snoring people in dorms can really stop you sleeping)
20) A smartphone with a local prepaid card with mobile Data is always the easiest way, to get a fast access to important information from the internet.
Finally, to let your family and friends at home know, where you’re traveling and what you experience, you can download the App “Journi” and create an individual Travel Blog. The App locates your position, and offers the possibility to add reports and pictures with different categories like Transport, Accommodation, Nature, Culture, Nightlife…
I hope you go some inspiration and motivation for traveling in SEA 🙂 In the next weeks I will share some reports and pics from a very adventurous trip of backpacking 3 weeks in Borneo, the 3rd. largest Island in the world.
Stay tuned and go backpacking! 🙂