Holiday Essentials – Backpacking Edition

Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it? After being on the road for five months, I now have a very clear idea of what you should bring on holiday and what you can leave behind. Keep reading to find out what my holiday essentials for backpacking are!


Depending on where you go, the following recommendations what to bring do wary slightly, my recommendations are all based on going to a hot climate as I did on my recent trip to India & Southeast Asia (read more about my route here).

• Ibuprofen/Paracetamol
• Anti-diarrhoea tablets
• Anti-nausea tablets
• Motion sickness tablets
• Malaria prevention tablets
• Band-aids
• Blister plasters
• Antibacterial cream
• Soluble electrolyte powders

I didn’t bring any malaria prevention tablets with me but in hindsight I really should have taken them, especially in Cambodia. I was lucky that I didn’t get it but next time I would definitely take them. Europa Pharmacy offers a great service where you can easily get a prescription online from their doctors. There are different form of malaria tablets and they will advise which one is right for you.

Another medication I didn’t bring but found to be readily available in Thailand (check 7Eleven!) and most other countries are electrolyte powders which do really come in handy in the heat and in the case of traveller’s diarrhoea.

• Sunscreen
• Mosquito Spray with a high deet
• Solid soap in a tin box
• Solid shampoo/conditioner
• Face wash
• Razor
• Deodorant
• Toothbrush & toothpaste

I would advise to buy a high deet mosquito spray in Europe as they have a higher deet than the ones you can buy in Southeast Asia. I bought No Bite in Germany which has 50% deet and I wasn’t bitten once when I used it! However if you do get bitten, you can easily find after bite creams and sprays in Southeast Asia that work well!

Solid soap and a lot shampoo not only save you lots of space in your bag but also save weight. They also last much longer than the liquid versions. Thank me later for not having to carry a bottle of shampoo and shower gel around! Check out Lush for great travel friendly options!

• Earplugs
• Travel pillow
• Flashlight
• Pocket knife
• Mosquito net
• Sleeping bag inlet

Earplugs are an absolute essential, especially when staying in hostels. There were multiple times when I had snoring people in my room or noisy people coming into the room in the middle of the night. A travel pillow might be taking up some space, but believe me, it makes all the difference when trying to sleep on transport.

I hope this guide was helpful if you are planning a trip to Southeast Asia! What are your absolute essentials for travelling?

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