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What to Bring for a Backpacking Trip to Asia: Budget Travel Tips

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I’m flying to Thailand! This is everything I’m bringing with me in my backpack. And see below for a full list of all the items:

-large backpack
-small daypack
-laptop computer, case, cord, computer mouse, earphones
-camera, tripod, camera case, extra battery, memory cards, charger
-moneybelt (optional, I no longer bring one. I always put my essential items in my daypack and keep it with me when traveling between destinations)
-books (including a guidebook for your destination, such as Lonely Planet or Rough Guide)
-travel chess set
-passport and necessary visas
-baseball cap, other hats
-socket adapter, voltage converter
-bike lock (cable lock)
-warm fleece jacket
-2 blankets (or a sleeping bag)
-toiletry bag
-toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss
-shampoo, bar soap
-razors, small unbreakable mirror, shaving gel
-mosquito repellent
-metal cup
-socks and underwear
-rain jacket
-hiking shorts
-2 pairs swimming trunks
-6 t-shirts
-3 tank tops
-1 pair pants, belt
-swim goggles
-dirty laundry bag
-wallet, checkbook
-copies of passport and credit cards
-water purification tablets
-cell phone and charger
-extra batteries
-super glue, pens
-small handy bags
-metal water bottle
-beard trimmer
-toilet paper
-photocopies of passport, I.D., credit cards
-warm hat, gloves, neck warmer
-rain jacket
-needles, thread, collapsible scissors
-Leatherman tool (pocketknife)
-small spoon
-fingernail clippers
-ear plugs
-eyeshade (sleeping mask)
-aloe vera gel

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Thanks a lot for watching, and safe journeys!

What to Bring for a Backpacking Trip to Asia: Budget Travel Tips


tim says:

What size bag do you carry? Would you carry a laptop if you weren't photo editing? Furthermore, Love the videos keep it up

Marcus Tarantino says:

Really looking forward to travelling after watching your videos

Pentru Barbati says:

How about having just a carry on backpack ?

Lucas says:

should I bring a mosquito net to India?

Henderson Kirton says:

The information you give was great but can you tell me if the airport security will allow a swiss knife on your carry on

Adam Cornejo says:

i have a question I'll be going to manila march 8.. flying out of manila to hanoi march 12 and backpacking down to Laos Cambodia Thailand Malaysia Singapore and bali I'm taking about $5 thousand dollars for 3 months will that be enough if i stay in a budget? and how could i protect my money and passport while traveling?

W Li says:

Great tips. How heavy is the things put together?

OnePercentBetter says:

The breakfast water is Genius

Antonio Nathan Pargas says:

do you check your leatherman or can you carry a small enough blade on the plane?

RadioMilo says:

what size your backpack?


I Wish I meet you when you in egypt Bro, keep move in this Crazy life , & Keep Save

sean riordan says:

I like your breakfast tip. Thanks.

Evan Kew says:

I usually go to Thailand with almost empty check in beg besides a few clothes and toiletries so that I can shop more for local things and sales products! I think it is no need to bring a blanket to tropical countries.Sarong or scarf is good enough. It is good to have insect repellent spay or electronic one if staying with fan only room. Also get a pair of shorts with 3/4 length or at least covered your elbows and a t-shirt whenever visit Thailand. That's the requirements for a proper dressing code when visiting temples as you have encountered in your clips. Thanks for sharing your vlogs.

SorianoOntheGo says:

Check my channel out! Will be travelling next month to SE Asia first stop is Thailand!

RiadsWorld says:

You're clearly excited, you made a video about what you put in your bag. lol

JDave Foster says:

I like merino wool socks – warm when it's cold, cool when it's hot, not itchy (I am sensitive to regular wool), natural anti-odor properties, and keep you warm even if wet.

Conscious Cuts says:

What size backpack is that?

Mikael Mårtensson says:

Most of your videos are pretty good, keep ém coming! 🙂
This one really was an odd one. If I hadn´t seen your earlier great work I would believe you to be a noob.

If the aim is budget travel…-Would it not be cheaper to buy most of the stuff in Thailand?
Also…you did seriously bring a bag of dry-grain to a tropical country ! ? …to last you several weeks! Didn´t it mold up?
Excellent fresh cheap food is aboundant in Thailand. Now you know.

I really liked that you took the time to list all the things in your pack, thank you! 🙂

One thing that all American vloggers always bring is nailclippers. Sometimes one for the toes and one for the fingers. -Why?
There are several other ways to do nails and others can do them for you, very cheap.

Will you do an "after" video where you go throu what you actually used and what you possibly added? It would be interesting.

I hope that you didn´t take offense by my words. I am seriously suprised over your choices and would like to know why? !

Adam Cornejo says:

I'm planning a trip to southeast Asia and what kind of backpack do i need because I'm planning on doing a 22 countries for about 9 months… which one do you have?

azaz z says:

can you fly with a "knife"?

Rahad Jackson says:

Hey man, Ive got a question concerning pack size. I will only be traveling thailand and my buddies who went said to not pack heavy, buy lots there. However I got a deal on a deauter 30l pack for $45(I like the idea of carry on as well). ive packed it already with my clothes/shoes and toiletries/first aid in the hood, and seem to have approximately half the bag left in room. However seeing what you brought im definitely worrying now that its too small? Also, ill only be going for 1-2 months

ChainedCrows says:

that shirt is savage as fuck

Deepak says:

Amazing, i carry pretty much similar stuff from Locks & Scissors to Breakfast cereal & Snacks. and Also additionally carry a Foldable True Blue Duffel bag in case the main bag breaks or to accommodate shopped items!!

WhoaNellyJake says:

I think I have the same exact universal adapter haha.

Arul says:

You should consider getting a vacuum bag and a tiny air pump. It will save you some space

Deji D says:

ever gonna come back packing in africa?

Barbara Zayac says:

Looking forward to your Thailand travels.  I will be moving there within the year, yipeee!!

Nick Santolla says:

Why not use a travel towel? it saves a ton of space.

cuejumper says:

Gabriel! I have been following your vlogs since I think 2 years now! On another account of mine! I am just suggesting something, hopefully not to offend you. The content of your vlogs has always been a great watch but you should take the production level to a next level. With music, camera everything! I am just being blunt bc your vlogs can reach to a wider audience. Check out 'fun for louis' as an example. I took up vlogging too after seeing your videos! safe travels! 🙂

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