I’ve got some good advices there like maybe buying a ziplock for my documents or cutting down on chargers.
What you have in your inventory always is a very personal choice. It depends on where you go, what you want to do and how long you’ll stay. I thought it would be a good idea to offer some more information about why I’ve packed what I’ve packed.
I also had the feeling that the last paragraph below the image where I described that I would tweak my luggage over time didn’t really get that much of attention. 😉 Next time I’ll think twice before putting such a small paragraph under a relatively huge picture.
Well I guess from the type of clothing and accessories I’ve packed you can already tell that I am more of a smart casual type of guy. I don’t really like running around in shorts and sandals and usually avoid looking too leisure. It’s not that I find anything wrong with it. It’s just a matter of personal taste.
You might find that impractical but I have always felt much more comfortable that way.
You have a huge variety of shops starting from what you know and love from your home country (H&M, Zara,…) to shops you might not have at home (UNIQLO in my particular case) as well as smaller vendors offering clothes at wholesale prices.
As for swimwear: I’m not really a fan of swimming and haven’t been doing it for a couple of years now. But if I’d decide to go and felt in need for a pair of swim shorts: There’s really enough of opportunity to buy them here. No big deal at all.
That one got me laughing. 🙂
Hand luggage regulations can be very restrictive down to a point where it’s just ridiculous. From what I’ve read, I wasn’t allowed to take any fluids or gels with me. That’s why I decided to leave that out of my bag and buy everything here. The only thing I took with me was my hair styling paste. It took me some time to find a decent product that worked well enough for me, so it was worth taking a shot and in the end I got it all the way to Bangkok with me.
Now with all the other stuff like toothpaste, shampoo etc. etc. – Well, to me it was pretty clear that first thing someone would do was hop into a store and stock up on these items – and so I did.
Some people wouldn’t have taken as many devices as I have, but I did pack them for many reasons.
That should actually be a high priority device on everyone’s list. The usecases are countless. From maps, to translations, to sending pictures and messages to your loved ones. It’s the best invention ever and I’m taking mine with me all the time.
Now that one probably got the most discussion going on. It’s really wasn’t necessary at all to take it with me. I just put it into my bag, because I’d like to read some books now that I’ve got more time for it. I haven’t been using my iPad as much as I wanted to and who knows if I’ll be using it here. I thought it didn’t really take up too much space and weight so I took it with me anyways. Reading books on both the notebook or the iPhone is a no-go for me though. So I’d either read books on the iPad or don’t read them at all.
Cables and batteries
Yes I know, that’s totally overkill. I will probably throw some of that stuff out soon. The small battery pack has proven to come in very handy though if you’re out all day and take pictures with your phone. You do not have to worry about low battery: Just recharge on the go.
For all the things I’ve packed, there was one particular but high-priority item I left out: Power adapters. From my experience, adapters in your home country are way more expensive than in the country you’re going to. I have seen that in the UK recently, where I bought adapters for like a buck. Here it was the same: With 49THB (Around €1) for an adapter you can’t go wrong. They sell those at every 7-Eleven on every street corner here in Bangkok. So why even bother ordering these things online, where you’d also have to pay the shipping?
So I said it before and I’ll say it again: My inventory might not be perfect right now. I really haven’t travelled enough for it to be. It will get better over time and things I don’t need I can always throw out or send back home.
I have always been a huge fan of learning by doing and since Thailand (or at least Bangkok) seems to offer everything you could possibly think of, there is really no need to be worried about things you didn’t pack.
The good thing is, that I’ll be staying here in Bangkok for two months before I’ll do a short trip to India. So I’ve got plenty of time to improve my inventory as I go.
I bet what will be really interesting is what I’ll be taking back home again and I will definitely write a follow up on that one, too!