Packing checklist & progress so far

Happy new year!

1 month and 2 weeks left to go before we head off and Mike and I are finally a bit more organized! We’ve applied for our Thai visas, International Drivers Permits and once we get those back, we’ll apply for our Vietnamese and China visas. We’ve booked our first and last accommodation in China (as this was needed to apply for a visa), received really useful Christmas travel gifts, bought some travel essentials, a camera and we’re still on the lookout for a laptop. The camera that we bought is the Fujifilm FinePix T500 (T500 review) , it received some good reviews online and we thought for the price (€119.99), it was pretty good value.

I also purchased a new backpack, I did have one from a previous back packing trip in Europe but it had only one opening at the top and wasn’t very durable so I decided to invest in a new one. I decided to go for the Lowe Alpine TFX Ama Dablam ND 60:75 (in black). Total capacity is 75litres, its got lots of different compartments and can be accessed via the top, bottom or can be zipped open around the middle. The cost was €142 from the North Face store in Dublin.

Finally, I have been trying to decide on what to pack for our trip, here is my travel check list so far:


  • Backpack (about 60 litres)
  • Day bag (about 10-15 litres)
  • Mosquito net
  • Quick dry towels
  • Travel lock
  • Money belt
  • Travel washing line
  • Water bottle
  • Travel pillow
  • Pen
  • Notebook
  • Small torch
  • Duck tape


  • Camera
  • Camera bag
  • Camera charger
  • Laptop
  • Laptop bag
  • Tablet (loaded with books, games, ted talks & everything else)
  • SD cards
  • SD card holder
  • External hard drive
  • Mobile phone
  • Phone charger
  • Power adapter
  • Tablet (loaded with books, games & videos)
  • Tablet Charger
  • Headphones

Clothing & Footwear

  • Flipflops
  • Walking trainers
  • 5 x t-shirts
  • 2 x long sleeve tops (to avoid mosquito bites)
  • 7 x socks
  • 20 x underwear
  • 4 x bras
  • 1 x jeans
  • 1 x long cotton pants (to avoid mosquito bites)
  • 3 x shorts
  • 2 x dresses
  • 2 x skirts
  • 1 x thermal pants
  • 1 x thermal top
  • Pajamas
  • Swim wear
  • Sun glasses
  • Hat


  • Shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodrant
  • Razor blades
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Makeup
  • Mirror
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Wet wipes
  • Baby powder


  • Foreign currency
  • Passports
  • Visas
  • Drivers licence
  • International certificate of vaccination
  • International driver permit
  • Debit Cards
  • Credit Card
  • Reservations and bookings
  • Travel insurance information


  • First aid kit
  • Malaria tablets
  • Travel medication
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