Men’s Packing List for Southeast Asia

Men's Packing List for Southeast Asia

It is finally departure day for my 5-6 month trip to Southeast Asia. There was nothing I researched more than what to pack for this journey and I finally have the unalterable list of items I am taking with me. Hopefully this men’s packing list for Southeast Asia will be of some guidance when you are deciding what to bring backpacking in Asia.  Note: I am a 26 year old male creating my packing list for Southeast Asia.

What to Bring Backpacking in Southeast Asia

I knew I wanted to pack light, but I was still surprised to see that my 55 liter Gregory backpack weighed in at only 10.6 kg or 23.4 lbs at the airport check-in counter. I was able to cut out some of the heavy clothing items like jackets and sweaters, as I am traveling in the summer and fall. Our rough list of countries on our itinerary include Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, and India.

Here is the detailed list below to go along with the image above:

Men’s Clothing for Southeast Asia

  • 5 pairs of quick-dry Exificio boxer-briefs
  • 4 pairs of socks (1 wool)
  • 3 dry-fit exercise shirts
  • 2 cotton t-shirts and 1 tank top
  • 1 long-sleeve t-shirt
  • 1 button down dress shirt
  • 1 pair cargo shorts and 1 pair basketball shorts
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of strap-on sandals (Columbia)
  • 1 pair of cross-training shoes
  • 2 hats and 1 bandanna
  • 1 rain jacket

I also purchased a set of vacuum seal bags from Eagle Creek that are pretty compact and easy to organize. They have special holes in the bag to let air out but not back in, allowing a vacuum seal effect.

Electronics for Southeast Asia

  • iPhone and charger
  • Laptop and charger
  • Headlight with batteries
  • Ear buds
  • Portable speaker
  • Adapter


  • Sleep sack
  • Towel
  • Umbrella
  • Day pack
  • Toiletries and First Aid
  • Backpack rain cover
  • Combination locks

Other Items

  • Waterproof iPhone case
  • Sunglasses
  • Documents & passport
  • Medications, bug repellent, sunscreen, etc.

Update on Men’s Packing List for Southeast Asia

I was told that a 55 liter backpack was too small to travel this long with; however, I have been abroad for a few months now and it is working fine. Here is an updated on things that I wish I packed or items that were useless for Southeast Asia. 

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  1. Lauren Mcpeters December 24, 2017
    • pvrouvas December 26, 2017

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