What to Pack!
Miscellaneous: If you travel economy class then your check in luggage weight limit is 20 kilograms per person.
So make sure you have lightweight suitcases, our cases are huge but they only weight just under 5 kilo's.
Don't bring home anything you can do without - throw or give away all your toiletries, shampoo, conditioner etc, all the little things that add up in weight.
Load up your hand luggage with any heavy items you have bought, its surprising how much shopping you can cram in a backpack. You are allowed 7 kilos in hand luggage.
Most airlines will let you be a few kilo's over, we went for years coming back home overweight, until last year when we were done by Malaysia Airlines for nearly $300 in excess fee's!
If you have filled your cases before you leave home, then unpack and start again - half the amount you had in there.
You do not need 10 changes of clothes, 5 pairs of shoes, 20 ton of toiletries.
Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore etc are hot, you only need lightweight clothing, the laundries are cheap there and if you run out - buy more there.
We go shopping when we arrive to buy our toiletries, extra tea/coffee, fly spray etc.
This is the adaptor we always use in Thailand, its the same adaptor used in Cambodia and Bali.
We also take a small Australian power board with us, then we can charge mobiles, camera's, and laptop at the same time if need be.
I hate using an umbrella but we do pack a couple of tiny fold up ones for our backpacks.
It's surprising the amount of times we have needed them, especially during those sudden tropical down pours.Related to:
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A book about Cambodia!!!
Miscellaneous: Read a book about Cambodia if you're not familiar with it's immediate history to learn more about this country and people. I recommend "First They Killed My Father" by Luong Ung. It is an easy read that will enrich your experience of Cambodia as a young lady recalls struggling through the horrid years run by the Khmer Rouge. A lot of street vendors sell the book in Cambodia, but you might like to read it before you get there.
Miscellaneous: A mask would really be good to block off the dust and dirt that whirls into your face while you're travelling on a motorbike or tuk-tuk. Was starting to regret not preparing one five minutes into the trip but thankfully my driver stopped by the roadside and got one for me!Related to:
Miscellaneous: The adaptor for Cambodia is the same one used in Bali and Thailand. We always take a small Aussie powerboard with us as well, then we can charge everything at once if we like, eg mobile, camera, laptop etc
Adaptors for Everywhere
Luggage & Bags
Luggage and bags: As most of us can only bring back 20 kilos of luggage (not counting hand luggage) make sure you have lightweight suitcases, our cases are huge but only weigh just under 5kilos.
Dont bring home anything you can do without. Throw (give) away all your toiletries eg, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants etc, all these little things add up in weight.
Load up your hand luggage with any heavy items you have bought, its amazing how much shopping you can cram into a backpack.
Luggage and bags: Backpack is the easiest way to lug your stuff around Southeast Asia. You can avoid the touts when you show you are quite able to get from point A to point B without their help.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sturdy walking shoes are a must but bring or buy some type of sandals as it can get mighty hot in tropical Cambodia.
Photo Equipment: A wide angle lens is essential for capturing buildings you can't quite get far enough away from in the cramped streets of the city. A zoom is indispensible for getting closeups of detailed carvings on ornate architecture.Related to:
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