6-month backpacking asia travel list

:: UPDATE ::
after our adventure, this list absolutely has some modifications to it. if you’re going on an adventure and want updated tips, feel free to reach out to us directly.

what’ s your backpacking asia travel list and gear? this is the #1 question we’re asked – especially me.

packing for this trip has been time consuming, mentally exhausting and expensive. to get started, we read a lot of blogs and asked for advice from other travelers. certain words were repetitive: durable, quick drying, versatile, layers & less is more. we got all kinds of random little tips like a sink stopper (laundry), packing cubes to maximize space and keep our bags organized (i’m obsessed), silk cocoons for sticky sleeping situations & to keep the bugs away, and that carabiners, zip locks & rubber bands come in super handy.

we were also reminded to avoid stressing and to pack comfortably because it doesn’t matter that much. you can buy something there if you really need it. i’m glad we’ve traveled enough to realize this is true. so instead of a purely granola “backpacking” ensemble, (as much as it pained danny at times) i made sure to pack smart but “teri comfortable” – aka realistic + super cute.

side note: i’d always laugh when talking to colby, because i could tell she pictured me in head-to-toe khaki with zip-off pants, army green Tevas, growing dreads and wearing my backpack at all times. when she came to visit and saw my supplies, she (and jenny) were pleasantly surprised.

if you’re looking at doing this, a couple of tips:
1. start early. make lists. buy different things to test out what you like.
2. amazon prime was our lifesaver. we were constantly buying and returning things.
3. create an amazon wish list. great way to stay organized & share with family who want to help.
4. do a series of “test packs” – sounds crazy, but it’s really helpful and eases stress at the end.


it all started with selecting our backpack. we both went with the Osprey Farpoint 55 & here’s why:
: great reviews from other travelers (love online shopping reviews & blogs)
: opens like a suitcase vs. top-loading. this was my #1 must have. i refused to deal with a top-loader.
: carry-on size but all straps can be tucked & zipped for necessary check-in
: we really wanted the flexibility of carrying on vs. checking
: no wheels. wheels require a frame which gets heavy & bulky

at first glance, i wanted to go larger, but everyone strongly urged against this. and now that my pack is full, i’m glad. the 30.7 pounds feels plenty heavy!

alright, now the promised look into my/our packing.

teri’s clothing clothing

packing cube

eagle creek packing cubes (buy here)tshirts cube

clothing swaddle

eagle creek pack-it folder 18 (buy here)

teri’s accessories south east asia backpacking list

teri’s necessities

sea to summit in secret shield coomax adaptor liner / silk cocoon (buy here)
personal quick dry  towel, size XL (buy here)
osprey farpoint pack rain cover (buy here)random



lisa! don’t judge me. i know i have too many, but i can’t pick!shoes

shared item: entertainment

i think the roll-up backgammon board may be one of my fave items. by Sondergut, found it here.entertainment

shared: health & medical

eagle creek “half packing tube” (buy here)
steriPEN adventurer (buy here)Medicinemisc.

shared: electronics backpacking pack listmisc shared

shared items: toiletrees  shared toiletrees   teri's pack teris pack
all fits


without a doubt, this list will probably drastically change while we’re actually on the road. some things will be a total waste, while others will be lifesavers. only time and miles on the road will tell. f you have questions about any specific products, just ask! happy to share.


  • Reply December 30, 2013

    gina hardt

    We are so excited for you. What a great adventure to go on before you have little ones to carry along! Have safe travels and we will be following you on your trip. Have fun.

  • Reply December 30, 2013


    wow! that\\\’s a lot … and yet so little. I\\\’m so proud of you two. please blog every step of the way! If ryan and I ever get the travel urge, we know exactly what to pack now! thank you for posting … I have to ask, what\\\’s the intention of the thank you cards on the road? :)

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  • Reply September 19, 2014


    Hi! I\’ve got just a short question about the Osprey Farpoint 55 because I thinking about buying this backpack for my Vietnam journey. There are two different sizes for it; a S/M and a M/L and I\’ve seen that the M/L is slightly bigger. Now I\’n wondering which size do you have?

    • Reply September 25, 2014


      Hi Rebekka! Sorry for the delayed response.
      There isn’t a space difference with the S/M or M/L, it’s based on your height and how it fits on your back. I’m 5’8″ and have the S/M which was great for me. If you have the chance, I’d head to REI or somewhere that carries the bag to be properly fitted. You don’t want to risk an uncomfy bag! Have so much fun in Vietnam!

  • Reply December 16, 2014


    30 lbs and no wheels. did i read that right?

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