Traveling to Asia may seem a bit scary at first, but in reality you have absolutely nothing to fear. I have traveled and backpacked through much of Southeast Asia including Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia with absolutely zero negative experience.
Preparing for my travels however was a seemingly daunting task, I felt fear and anxiety as my travel time approached. This was a new feeling for me as I am usually a the completely calm and carefree type. I found myself worrying about what to bring, what not to bring, how much to bring, what I could and couldn’t bring etc. etc. What I needed to worry about eating. Do I need any vaccinations? . . . . I was almost worrying about the travels so much that I didn’t have time to enjoy the thought of soon being there.
While browsing up and down the web for hours on end, it just clicked to me one day. Something in my mind flipped over and caused me to just say F*** it. I decided to leave all worries behind me. I decided that if I was to travel that I wanted my experience to be as worry free as possible. If I needed something, I would just worry about it there. This was taking a MAJOR risk to say the least, but I just did'nt care anymore.
I began packing all of my things into only two small bags. One backpack, and one very small check in bag in order to place all those things that aren’t allowed to be carried onto a plane. My complete list goes as follows.
-Wallet containing about 100 USD, 100 AUD, credit cards, and I.D.
-2 cutoff shirts
-1 light hooded sweatshirt (very light)
-2 pairs gym shorts
-1 pair sandals
-1 pair of athletic walking shoes
-1 pair sunglasses
-1 sun hat (Just bring a regular hat. I looked like such an idiot tourist carrying it through the airport)
-2 pairs compression shorts (underwear)
-1 knife (which is the only reason for my check in bag. You can easily buy a knife anywhere in Asia but I just have a special connection with mine and refused to leave it behind)
-some assorted foods
-plastic water bottle
-small container of shampoo
-toothbrush and tooth paste
-camera with an extra set of batteries
Because I threw my travels to chance so much, I didn’t know what to expect upon my arrival. I found myself flying into Bangkok by myself with absolutely no plan in the world. I knew that as soon as I stepped foot outside of that airport, that Bangkok was going to hit me head on right smack in the middle of my face. Only then was I worried that my travel accessories weren’t going to be adequate.
It turns out that my worries were useless. As soon as I got into tourist parts of the city, things came easy. If I needed anything I could find it somewhere for sale at a fraction of the price I could have purchased it back home. I was amazed at the quantity and quality of merchandise that sat all around me.
I guess if I could do it all over again, I would probably not even take as many things with me as I did on the first trip. Seriously, it is so easy to fly into Asia and purchase everything you possibly need for a fraction of the price rather than buying it all in your home country and lugging it through the airport. If you have any question in your mind about whether or not you are taking enough stuff, rephrase that question. Start convincing yourself of all the things you don’t need to take with you through the airport and stop worrying so much. Maybe consider flying into Asia naked and play it by ear. ......... The experience is what makes travel so worthwhile.