What to consider in advance
O apply for e-Visa
O check immunitation card
O buy flight ticket
O health insurance
O 10 days before: start drinking artemisia tea
O copy important documents
Carry-on luggage = small backpack
O flight ticket
O important phone numbers
O visa/credit card
O cash (US-dollar)
O phone + headphones
O power bank – This was a life saver for me 🙂 For long trips and a lack of power outlets a power bank makes it so easy and convenient to recharge your phone
O charger (phone, camera, power bank)
O small pillow
O sun glasses
O diary + pen
O water bottle – Since travellers aren’t allowed to take any beverages through security check I bought a foldable space-saving water bottle I could refill at the airport once I passed security.
O copy important documents – Just in case your original documents get lost
O pocket knife – I used my pocket knife all the time to cut or peel fruits just on the go when there was no other knife nearby
O small first-aid-kit
O microfiber travel towel – Microfiber towels are waaay lighter and space-saving compared to regular towels. They also dry a lot faster and are just really soft. I found them very handy!
O mosquito net – I loved my mosquito net more from morning to morning when my room mates would wake up cluttered with mosquito bites next to me; waking up under my mosquito net safe and sound 🙂
O travel sleeping bag – During my trip I stayed in hostels where there either was no bottom sheet at all – and I used my light sleeping bag as such, to not sleep directly on the mattress – or no bed sheets. And even though it doesn’t really cool down outside at night some rooms however are cooled down like crazy and it is just comfortable to have something light to cover you up. Yet a light sleeping bag or sheet is definitely enough – a big and thick one would be overkill.
O sewing kit
O flashlight – or just use your mobile flashlight
O money belt – Especially in bigger towns it is no random case to become a victim of thievery. The valuables you leave in the hotel/hostel room should be hidden and the ones you take with you carried safely. I always put my passport, credit card, cash and phone in my money belt which was hidden under my shirt.
O tooth brush + tooth paste
O shampoo, conditioner
O body lotion
It just is fact that girls in specific want to wear that one precise piece of cloth that is in process of washing 🙂 Another fact is that as a backpacker one needs the one thing at the very bottom of the backpack. My friend had not only once tear out everything before she found what she was looking for – at one point she just used the whole room as her closet and didn’t even bother to have her stuff in her backpack. I luckily have heard about travel cubes before my trip in which you can sort and put away your clothes in categories. I had one cube for each – underwear, shirts, pants and towels/swimsuit. It made everything so much easier!
O travel cubes – I used them to sort my clothes into categories. I used a set of 4 for underwear, shirts, pants and towels/swimsuit. The whole trip I knew exactly where the things were I was looking for.
O long, light pants
O long, light shirts
O solid shoes + 1 pair of socks
O flip flop/birkenstock