Jay’s Ultimate Travel Packing Checklist

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A few months ago, after leaving my last company, I was in search of experiencing something new. I’ve always been a fan of solo trips in the past. My first solo trip was to Mexico City, where I stayed in a hostel while I worked remote. That was quickly followed by trips to Cancun to go scuba-diving, Stockholm and Helsinki to experience Scandinavia, and an 8 day solo trip through Japan, starting with Tokyo.

For this trip, I wanted to do something new, something spontaneous, and plan as I go. That’s when I decided to head to South East Asia. I booked a one way ticket to Bangkok and booked my hostel for the night. I had no return date, I had no plan for what I was going to do, and I had no plan for where I was going to go.

It was absolutely liberating!

In order to prepare for this trip, I needed to pack so that I had just what I needed when I got there, while buying the rest along my journey. After spending 7 weeks in South East Asia, I’ve learned exactly what I need and don’t need.

I know there are many lists out there, but I hope to mention a few specific items that I’ve found useful during my trips in this solo travel packing checklist. I hope this list helps you as much as it’s helped me in preparing my long solo trip. Feel free to print this out and use as a checklist for your next trip.

clothing

CLOTHING

     Underwear and socks for 8 days

     Swimsuit

     Pair of Pants and Shorts

     2 Comfortable Dress Shirts or Tops

     4 T-Shirts

     1 Pair of Flip Flops

     1 Pair of Multi-purpose shoes

     Travel Cubes (Pro: Amazon Packing Cube Set)

Notes:

  • I usually pack for a little over a week at a time. That’s why I recommend packing at least 8 days worth of underwear and socks, to make sure you get through the week.
  • You’ll thank me later for carrying that extra pair of underwear! 😉

TOILETRIES

     Travel Toothbrush + Toothpaste

     Travel Shaving Cream + Razor

     Travel Deodorant + Cologne/Perfume

     Multi-purpose Soap (Body and Hair)

     Your favorite sunscreen + lotion

     Bandaids

     Ibuprofen (Pain Reliever)

     Dramamine (Motion Sickness)

Notes:

  • You can buy many more of the toiletries in the country itself. I wouldn’t recommend carrying too much, and it’ll save you time during security at the airport.
  • Dramamine is great for motion sickness. Came in useful during the windy, 3 hour bus ride to Pai. You never know!

ELECTRONICS

     A Sim Card

     Headphones (Pro: Bose Wireless Over-Ear Headphones)

     Drone + Charger (Pro: DJI Mavic Air)

     GoPro + Charger (Pro: GoPro Hero 5)

     Tablet/Laptop + Charger (Pro: Microsoft Surface Pro)

     Unlocked Phone + Charger (Pro: Samsung Galaxy S9)

     Power Adaptor (Pro: Universal Adaptor)

Notes:

  • I usually buy a sim card at the airport for each new country that I go to. It’s usually far cheaper than paying for an international plan, which can run upwards of $100 for a week.
  • I can’t leave home without a drone, I’d recommend the DJI Mavic Air for anyone who wants a fairly affordable, portable drone. This is the drone I took with my during my Southeast Asia trip. 😀

SECURITY

     A Good Book (Pro: The Sapiens)

     Credit Cards (Pro: Chase Sapphire Reserve Travel Card)

     Lock (to secure your locker)

     Passport(s) + Printed Copy

     Driver’s License + Printed Copy

     Visas – 2 Printed Copies

     Daypack for Daily Use

Notes:

  • Having extra copies of all of your important documents comes in handy if you were to lose your passport or your credit card. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in a new country without your passport or credit card. 😲
  • A Daypack is great for carrying just your essentials for each day, so that you’re not carrying around your big backpack with all of your valuables when you’re out at a bar.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I hope this packing checklist serves as a guide for your own solo travels. If you think there is something I missed, or you think should be added to this list, comment below!

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