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If you are traveling to South East Asia there are some essential items which I recommend adding to your packing list. These are all items which we have purchased and used ourselves on our travels.

This article contains 16 travel accessories for South East Asia that I would highly recommend all travelers consider purchasing before their trip. If you are also traveling with limited weight and space do read my posts which feature essential mini travel products and mini travel beauty products.


Pacsafe Metrosafe LS450 Anti-Theft 25L Backpack, Black

I absolutely love pacsafe products – whilst they are not the cheapest backpacks around the anti-theft features make them an essential for us. I purchased a red one for myself and a black one for my husband. The 25L meant we had to be economical with our packing but the size meant that these are good for day use too. It was a definite essential and a highly recommended travel accessories for South East Asia.


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Pacsafe Slingsafe LX50 Anti-Theft Mini Cross-Body Bag

Another PacSafe product that proved to be an excellent buy. This bag (I bought it in red) never left my side during the entire trip – big enough for my phone, credit cards and cash I did not feel vulnerable at all even in the most crowded of places. After a particularly nasty experience in Paris from a gang of pickpockets I can only say that these bags are now an essential part of my kit. Sad really but necessary.


 Pacsafe Coversafe S25 Anti-Theft Secret Bra Pouch

I bought this for my daughter who was travelling around SE Asia at the same time as us but staying in hostels. I thought this would be useful for keeping her essentials a little closer to her chest lol!


Credit Card Holder Wallet

Another essential for me was this credit card holder – I am still using it and find it invaluable for storing all my cards. It has RFID blocking which protects your cards from anyone trying to steal information.


 Instant Cooling Towel

I could not have survived without my cooling towel – though not as reliable at the 42 degrees plus temperatures of Dubai we found these invaluable in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Wet the towel, ring out the excess water then snap the towel for instant cooling. In most of my photographs I can be found with one of these round my neck. They are so good I bought 2 each for myself and my husband and one for my daughter to take on her travels.


  Scarf Camera Strap

Another essential buy – carrying my camera around my neck was made a zillion times more comfortable with this fantastic scarf camera strap. Stylish, comfortable and one of my favourite new camera accessories. A great buy and one item I can’t do without!


Kindle Voyage E-reader

I love my Kindle and would not travel without it. My husband has resisted having one until recently but has realised the ease of being able to download books in seconds and store an entire library on this little reader has him converted.

Why not try Kindle unlimited for free for the first month? Not carrying heavy books on holiday is so liberating for book lovers!



Mini Portable Outdoor Fan 

Another one of my must-haves. I find this little fan excellent -it has a rechargeable battery and the fan folds donw for easy storage. Another essential of like me you suffer with the heat.


Waterproof Bags 

We find these very useful – at the beach, on boat trips etc protect your valuables and keep them dry! I have had them for a while now and always pop my phone in one when heading to the beach!


 Waterproof Laptop Case 

We have recently purchased a Macbook Air and they are not cheap so to make sure it was as protected as possible we purchased the Aqua Quest Storm Laptop Case to keep it in! Waterproof and padded I wasn’t taking any chances! A good buy!


 Power Bank 

I could not travel without my power bank – being able to charge my phone and iPad when they run out of battery is vital. I use my iPhone to take a lot of videos and photographs so can relax knowing I can recharge it easily.


Hand gel sanitizer

I don’t go anywhere without a bottle of hand gel sanitizer in my bag and in SE Asia it was invaluable!


First Aid Kit

I am married to  nurse so I always leave the first aid kit to him but he always makes sure we have the essentials before we travel!


How to shit around the world

I bought this book for my daughter who wasn’t very enthusiastic to start with when she read the title BUT….she ended up taking it with her on her travels and found it really useful!! Highly recommended!


Compact towels

Compact towels – quick dry and easy to use! An absolute essential!

Another item my daughter took which she found really useful when she went on hikes while on her trip.


My favourite t-shirt!

So those are my top 16 travel accessories for South-East Asia! What have I missed out from my list that you consider must-take travel kit? Let me know in the comments! I am always on the look-out for new ideas!


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Author: Tracy

Over the last 50 years I have lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to many more. I enjoy exploring and learning about new places and meeting people on my travels. History, reading, photography, nature and wildlife are my interests and I am ALWAYS researching and planning my next trip (preferably by train)

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18 thoughts on “Top 16 recommended travel accessories for South East Asia

  1. Linda Tallett says:

    I’ve been waiting for this post!!! Great tips Tracy and some great items for my list for Santa ?. Great to know they’ve been tested and recommended too!!

  2. Rachel says:

    Love these recommendations, I’m always on the lookout for a good travelling bag so thanks for recommending 2 great options! I’ve always been a bit put off by the price of Pacsafe but if they really do work then I reckon it’s worth it.

    And yes to all the sanitisers – we managed to avoid getting travellers tummy by sanitising everything in sight at regular intervals. Sounds OTT but it really helped!

  3. Arianne says:

    Great ideas! It is really true you have to be careful…. Funny enough only place I have been pickpocekted was in Europe!

    Oh and I totally need that shirt at the end! “Jetlag made me do it!” haha

  4. Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) says:

    PacSafe Backpack, you say? Rob has a sort of slingpack from them he loves, but we haven’t seen a backpack. Of course, we weren’t looking for a new bag until recently, so thanks for the heads up. Love the scarf camera strap, too! Great ideas.

  5. James says:

    There are some very useful items here. The secure backpack looks perfect – I need a new backpack for my upcoming trip and this would be perfect. The cold towel for Thailand and other hot countries is also an invaluable item. As are the waterproof bags, I’d use one for my phone and camera!

  6. Garth says:

    Good selection of items Tracy, We’ve got the waterproof bags! I would also add – if you’ve got a DSLR – buy an unbranded camera strap that has a metal inner core to it, it means people can’t slash your strap and grab your camera… which is common in some SE Asia countries.

    • dan walford says:

      Thanks Garth – great tip too! I used the scarf with my DSLR as I found the other one hurt my neck but I will keep that in mind next time we are in SE Asia!

  7. Alex says:

    Well you have totally enlightened me intot the world of pacsafe and snap towels – I had no idea these wonderful inventions were out there! And, I agree – I have been thinking about a scarf/camera strap recently, cameras can be such a pain in the neck, literally. I like your chevron one here too! Nice list and thanks for doing the hard work research part!

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