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This list is more suitable for backpack traveler…


1. Trolley luggage (if you have bad back) or backpack
2. Day pack (for essential items and short daily trip around the travel destination)
3. Money belt (esp. to 3rd world countries)
4. Wallet


1. Singlets or/and T-shirts or/and shirts (max. 4 pcs)
2. Pants (3 pcs)
3. Underwears (7 days cycle)
4. Socks (3 pcs)
5. Shoes (sandal, tracking shoes)
6. Nightshirt (soft and comfortable)
7. Rain gear (coat or umbrella)
8. Extra warmth fleece or wool (for cold weather)
9. Coat or Jacket (for cold weather)
10. Hat/cap


1. Daily skin care items (essential: face wash)
2. Dental Care (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss)
3. Shampoo and soap (option: all in 1)
4. Nail clipper, a pair of small scissors
5. Toilet paper (essential item esp. in 3rd world countries)
6. Sanitary napkins or tampons (for ladies of course)
7. Alum stone (use as deodorant) or deodorant
8. Insect repellent (Citronella)


1. Fever tablets (Paracetamol 500mg)
2. Antihistamine and nasal decongestant (Clarinase)
4. Charcoal tablets
5. Motion sickness pills (Travel Calm Ginger)
6. Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS)
7. Vitamins (especially Vitamin C) and Minerals
8. Antibiotic (optional)

Important items

1. Passport (make sure it is valid at least 6 months)
2. Visas
3. Identification Card (ID)
4. Photocopies of important documents (i.e. passport, visas & ID card)
5. Air Ticket
6. Cash – US $
7. Traveler cheques (Personally I don’t find it useful nowadays)
8. International Bank a/c with debit & credit cards


1. PDA handphone
2. Camera
3. MP3 Player


1. First Aid kit
2. Sewing kit
3. Swiss Army Knife
4. Torch
5. Drawing kit + sketch book
6. Sun glasses
7. Locks
8. Zip bags
9. Guide book and maps

The main key: if you haven’t used the things in your bag for more than 2 weeks, you can consider to dumb it (but except. medication)


Go, go and go!

Sleeping bags (replaced by survivor blanket – donated by Martine and Fabienne, thank you, thank you!)

My big 2-in-1 fleece and rain jacket (replaced by poncho, bought in a Thai small town, close to Laos border)

2 large shower towels and 2 medium sizes towels (replaced by 2 cotton sorongs, can be used as blanket, shower towels and wear it, tip from Martine, Merci!)

Small trolley luggage (replaced by a 45 lit Deuter backpack, bought around Khao San Road, THB600, approx. US$16)

My daypack laptop bag (replaced by a waist pouch for THB200, approx. US$5.30)

4 pairs of Thai fisherman pants reduced to 2, again Martine and Fabienne, thanks for absorbing them.

Some T shirts, socks and Alex’s rain pants (donated to the nice cleaning ladies at Happy House, Banglampoo) P.S. Sold trolley luggage, sleeping bag n laptop bag for THB250 (US$6.60), at second hand stand, Banglampoo

Bought 1 traveller’s mosquito net at a second hand stand in Khao San Road for THB300 (US$8.10)

Sold Myanmar Lonely Planet for THB280 (US$7.60) Posted some books, sketchbooks, used video tapes and paintings bought in Myanmar…

At the end, we used to have 2 trolley luggages and 2 daypacks. Now, we reduced to 1 trolley luggage (half filled), 1 backpack and 1 daypack.

More to go…

Though we are travelling, it is hard to cut ourselves off from the virtual world. Especially we need constant Internet access to update our blog. Furthermore, we also don’t like the idea of carrying expansive stuff and invite robbery.

This page displays a list of our mini gadgets I use while we are travelling.

O2 mini

A pocket PC that I bought 2 years ago in preparation for this trip. It has a Singapore phone number where people can still call me, a pocket calender to briefly record down our trip and a pocket notepad for writting articles for our blog; We use pocket excel for recording our day by day expenses and of course the build-in calculator for calculating convertion rate etc. Furthermore, it also serves as our morning alarm clock. It also displays time zones of many countries.

O2 mini comes with an external 512Mb SD card for me to backup and restored data, as well as transfer data between Os mini and any computer. Sometime, but very seldom, I use it as a MP3 player.

It proves to be handy and extremely helpful.

ipod – 30Gb

Music entertainment for long overnight bus or train rides. Alex installs a whole verbal chinese language course (3 CDs of 21 lessons each CD and half an hour per lesson) in it. If she manages to complete the whole course, she will have little language barrier while travelling in China.

However, we find ipod is not that user friendly, especially uploading or downloading songs or data between ipod and computer. Perhaps an MP3 player is better…

A digital camera…

For capturing the nooks and crannies on our route…

A video camera…

For capturing motion pictures on our route… as well as working on some special projects… normally I capture video footage in MiniDV.

Extra Storage space for digital photos and documents

SD cards (1Gb, 512Mb), Thumb drives (128Mb, 512Mb), Sony Memory Stick Pro (1Gb), Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo (1Gb, 512Mb) and CDs.


Some software in thumb drive:

Photo editing software – Irfan ViewIrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista. I use it for editing our photos before upload them onto our blog. It doesn’t require you to install in any computer.

Protable firefox

Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured web browser that’s easy to use, and can be stored in a thumb drive. It has lots of great features including popup-blocking, tabbed-browsing, integrated search, improved privacy features, automatic updating and more. I use it mainly for ibanking, bookmark important websites etc.

4 in 1 USB2 adaptor

For connecting and transfering extra storage devices to a computer. Thanks to my brother Chyau who kindly donated it to us.




  1. Small bag or waist pouch (for important belongings such as camera etc.
  2. Money belt – optional (for $, ID card and Passport)


  1. Dry-fit shirt (if available) otherwise, any quick drying shirts, prefers long sleeves (2-3 pieces)
  2. Long pants (2 pieces)
  3. Underwear (paper or textile)
  4. Socks (essential – make sure you bring enough)
  5. Shoes – highly recommented *Adidas Kampong
  6. Belt (can be used to tie thing together)
  7. Raincoat
  8. Extra warmth fleece or wool
  9. Hat/caps
  10. Hand towel
  11. Leech socks


  1. Dental Care
  2. Shampoo and soap (option: all in 1)
  3. Toilet paper (essential item)


  1. Fever tablets
  2. Cold tablets or Antihistamine
  3. Antibiotic
  4. Painkiller
  5. Charcoal tablets


A good handphone with relatively good camera + video capture features.


  1. Passport
  2. Identification Card
  3. Cash – US$ or local currency


  1. First Aid kit (very very Important)
  2. Insect repellent
  3. Sun screen (max. SPF)
  4. Swiss Army Knife
  5. Torch
  6. Sun glasses
  7. Zip bags
  8. Sleeping bag

* Adidas Kampung: for sale in Malaysia around RM5 (US$2++), recommended black with yellow strips, made in China. The whole shoe is made of rubber, very soft and perfect for slipery jungle trial.

Adidas Kampong

Tip: To water proof your essential items, use cling wrap.


  1. Trolley luggage (prefer light weight, built-in trolley)
  2. Foldable soft bag
  3. Day pack (for short distant trip around the area)
  4. Small backpack (for important belongings)
  5. Money belt


  1. Singlets or/and T-Shirts (one week circle)
  2. Pants and shorts (one week circle)
  3. Underwear (paper or textile)
  4. Socks (one week circle)
  5. Shoes (sandal, tracking shoes)
  6. Belt
  7. Nightshirt (soft and comfortable)
  8. Swimsuit (optional)
  9. Rain gear jacket and pants
  10. Extra warmth fleece or wool
  11. Scarves (optional, can buy it locally)
  12. Hat/caps
  13. Gloves (optional, can buy it locally)
  14. Bath towel 
  15. Hand towel


  1. Daily skin care items (essensial: face wash)
  2. Sun screen (max. SPF)
  3. Dental Care (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss)
  4. Nail clippers, little sicssors, clip
  5. Shampoo and soap (option: all in 1)
  6. Toilet paper (essential item)
  7. Sanitary napkins or tampons
  8. Insect repellent


  1. Hand oil (sensitive skin)
  2. Fever tablets
  3. Cold tablets
  4. Antibiotic
  5. Vitamins (especially Vitamin C) and Minerals
  6. Painkiller
  7. Charcoal tablets
  8. Motion sickness
  9. Antihistamine


  1. Digital camera
  2. Memory storage (SD chips or memory sticks)
  3. Extra camera batteries
  4. Digital Camcorder
  5. Mini DV
  6. Cable for charging and USB
  7. Thumb drive (for accessing Internet via internet cafe)
  8. Pocket PC or electronic dairy
  9. Little alarm plus thermometer


  1. Dried seasoning stuff
  2. Marmite (rich in Vitamin B and prevent mosqi bite)
  3. Recipe that presents my country
  4. Water bottle 1 liter


  1. Passport
  2. Visas
  3. Identification Card
  4. Photocopies of important document
  5. Air Ticket
  6. Cash- US $
  7. Traveler cheques


  1. First Aid kit
  2. Sewing kit
  3. Swiss Army Knife
  4. Torch
  5. Drawing kit + sketch book
  6. Sun glasses
  7. Locks
  8. Zip bags
  9. Guide book and maps
  10. Play cards
  11. Wallet
  12. Address book
  13. Musical instruments
  14. Sleeping bag


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