I wrote an earlier post on packing tips, but I thought I’d give a more detailed post of what I actually packed with me for my big move abroad.
My checked bag was a total of 28 lbs! I surprised myself actually with how little I ended up bringing with me. The limit for most flights abroad is 44 lbs. So how did I do it? For one thing, I follow this simple rule: if an article of clothing does not match with at least 3 other things in my wardrobe than it doesn’t go in my bag. This rule also applies when I buy clothes abroad to reduce the amount of stuff I end up accumulating. Below are pictures and descriptions of what I ended up bringing with me.
Things not pictured: medicine, neck pillow, 1 TSA lock (If I was staying in a hostel in a dorm I would stick my backpacking pack in the airporter and lock it with the lock.), 1 book bag, pictures from home, 1 handbag, 1 wristwatch, 2 carabiners, hand sanitizer.
Things I wish I had brought. A rain jacket, Bananagrams, flip flops, sewing kit
Keep in mind that I’m a minimalist and usually travel pretty light. The more I’ve traveled the less I feel like I need to bring a lot of “stuff” with me. That might not be the case for you. It’s all about what will make you comfortable. For me, I can be kept pretty happy as long as I have clean laundry and a shower. If you really can’t live without something, than bring it if you know you’ll be happier with it. I’m also living in a very warm climate so I didn’t need to bring any heavyweight clothes. With that in mind, most places in southeast Asia dress pretty modestly, so I normally cover my knees and shoulders even if it’s 100+ degrees outside. Just observe how other people dress around you, and follow suit. If I were packing for cold weather, I would’ve brought a down vest or coat, some good long underwear, and a few articles of clothing made out of wool.
I’m sure I forgot a couple of things, but feel free to comment if you have any lingering questions!