Packing Tips: Southeast Asia!

The day has arrived! Finally taking off for our month-long trip to Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. I get asked a lot of travel/packing questions, so I thought I’d do a post on some of the stuff I packed for this trip. The hot weather and hopping around so many destinations really influenced what I brought. Most of the items are basic in color and design so there’s room to mix and match, but I also added pieces with unique patterns and bright colors to keep things fun of course.

1. Pants – I’m hyperparanoid about bug bites because my blood is sweet(/cursed) and I get afflicted a lot so no matter how humid and hot Asia is I am bringing pants. I brought my lightweight cotton Rag & Bone “jeans” and Zara linen pants so it’ll still be breathable.
2. Donna Karan Mist deodorant – has a pretty fragrance while doing its job.
3. Kodak underwater camera – we bought this for snorkeling in Cancun and didn’t use up all the film, so taking it across the world to use at the beaches of Phuket, etc.
4. Maxi dresses/skirts – aka uniform of the trip.. They allow for airflow while warding off bugs (refer to my OCD in #1), plus I can dress them up for nighttime while sipping cocktails on rooftop bars.
5. Basic tees – loose, comfy and flowy. The ones pictured are a cropped black Surface to Air, linen Vince, and a neon J.Crew v-neck.
6. Sunglasses – wayfarers and Free People rainbow mirror aviators.
7. Cardigans – some slouchy linen cardigans from Forever 21 I can ball up and throw in my purse in case of a night breeze (doubt it).
8. Basic tanks – refer to #5 but cut off the sleeves.
9. Shorts – if I ever get over my said bug bite fear I will wear these…
10. Scarf – can serve as a wrap when in air-conditioned places.
11. Colorful belts – small accessory to spunk up outfits. The rainbow studded one is a Sonia Rykiel I picked up recently, so fun!
12. Swimsuits – two bikinis, one monokini, and one completely hideous actual swimsuit for morning laps in hotel pools.


  1. July 28, 2011 / 10:24 pm

    I love packing! have a great trip and good luck warding off bugs. 🙂

  2. July 28, 2011 / 10:43 pm

    Very Jealous! have fun carolyn! Say hi to my cambos for me! 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    July 29, 2011 / 3:18 am

    Hi Carolyn!

    I am from Singapore and you can definitely wear shorts here… Have fun in SG! 🙂

  4. July 29, 2011 / 3:42 am

    I'm so jealous you're taking a month off to travel Asia. Anyway see you on this side of the Pacific Ocean soon!


  5. sophisticated
    July 29, 2011 / 4:39 am

    TOUCHDOWN!!!! hope you are having fun!!!!

  6. July 29, 2011 / 11:54 am

    Love this post! This is helpful. 🙂 Have a safe trip to Asia.

  7. July 29, 2011 / 11:57 am

    Have a fabulous time! Can't wait to see the pictures!

  8. July 29, 2011 / 1:33 pm

    love it! have a wonderful trip! 🙂


  9. July 29, 2011 / 4:21 pm

    have a great trip, sounds like it's going to be amazing! love the studded sonia rykiel belt

    <3 Alison

  10. July 29, 2011 / 5:26 pm

    have fun and take lots of pictures!

  11. July 30, 2011 / 5:40 am

    ahhh! have so much fun. i love south east asia, but vietnam is definitely my favorite! eat as much as possible.

  12. July 30, 2011 / 9:12 am

    Wow, so great.
    I like your blog, it is so cute.
    Check out mine 😉

  13. July 30, 2011 / 2:23 pm

    Cool dear, enjoy your travelling!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. July 30, 2011 / 3:37 pm

    Lucky girl. Have a safe and awesome trip! Can't wait to see the photos you post.

  15. July 30, 2011 / 8:44 pm

    safe travels love! hope you have TONS of fun!!!
    excellent packing skillz :DDD
    xoxoxo Diana

  16. August 1, 2011 / 2:39 am

    whoo-hooo!! super neat much?! i loathe packing and only wish i could get it done as good as you.

    will you by any chance be making a stopover in kl?? we've got mad awesome food and sipadan island is BOMB for diving!

    safe travels ♥

  17. August 3, 2011 / 12:22 am

    Safe travels! I wish I was going on an amazing trip like that. Cannot wait to see your photos.

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