Are you backpacking for the first time across the world to Vietnam or other South East Asian countries? Do you want to know the best the budget accommodation and lowest prices on flights?
I have also put together a list of essential items and products that get first priority in my backpack and a compilation of useful resources online that i often use to get the best value deals when i am traveling. These include some really low priced booking sites. See below.
My Essential Travel Gear
I like to read, so instead of packing space and weight consuming books in my bag. I bring my Kindle, i can download and carry all my e-books with me and read them when i have a quiet moment to reflect and chill on a remote Vietnam beach. This is something i cannot live without.
I use a Nikon camera for our travel photos and videos, we have never had a problem with it. It is a sturdy and maintenance free, it is great for beginners but has all the options and functions for the professionals. If you are like me and want to cover all your bases then this can be a great choice!
Nothing is worse when you are traveling (especially when you are remote) and you have a phone that is running low on battery. I nearly became lost in an asian city where i was using my google maps on my phone to find my hostel late at night. I had 2% battery left on my phone and i had no idea where i was… Luckily i had a portable battery charger. I use an Anker battery bank external charger.
There is nothing quite like noise cancelling headphones. These are essential if you don’t like the constant loud drum of airplane noises. I use these all the time to get some quick shut eye or listen to my favorite tunes when there is a crowd around or lots of noise.
I always find it very useful to have my phone’s USB cable at hand when i am traveling on the plane. Plugging your phone into the USB port in your seat can help you fully charge your phone while you sleep or listen to tunes from your phone. So when you hit the ground running you will have a full battery when you arrive at your destination. No more stressing out. I use a two-in-one Android/Iphone USB charging cable as my partner has an iPhone and i have an android.
I use an Uppel all in one world travel adaptor. Its tiny, fits the purpose of charging my electronic devices where ever i may end up in.
I like to travel to generally warm places on Earth but for whatever reason when the weather turns or i go to a cold place. I like to pack small re-usable hand-warming sized heat packs in my bag when i am traveling just in case. Simple to use by clicking the metal disc inside the sodium acetate (toxic free) liquid. These are great when the temperature drops suddenly and you can stay warm in your sleeping bag or in your jacket pockets. They are tiny and don’t take up much space in my bag. To regenerate the heat pack, boil in water until liquid is clear again.
I always pack a compact hanging bag scales in with my luggage as i often accumulate lots of stuff during my travels. There is nothing worse than paying for over weight bags on your flight home. I manage my bag weight with this small investment. I use an Inspira digital hanging scale.
I don’t know about you but i sweat a lot when i am carrying my bags around with me. I personally like to have these Dude shower body wipes with me just in case of an emergency. I generally pack 2 or 3 in my bag on any trip and use them on a long haul flight or when im out trekking.
I always pack my sleeping bag. I use a Iflyiing Outdoor grade sleeping bag. It has never let me down. Plus its lightweight.
Always a good idea to take a pair of sunglasses with you, but if you can take a pair that is polarized then even better. Your eyes will thank you for it later, especially if your spending lots of time near the water. I wear Maui Jim sunglasses because they are near impossible to break (they are very bendy) and they are very light to wear and cling to my head. My girlfriend wears Vuarnet polarised sunglasses.
1 Cover: I always insure myself with these guys as i most often get the best price when im traveling to Asia.
World Nomads: This is also another one that i have heard to be very good. Lots of my backpacking/trekking buddies use this one.
Cheapflights: This is one of the first sites i look up to search for cheap flights. They tend to have some ripper seasonal deals to Vietnam.
Homestay: A great site to save huge amounts of money on accommodation while you are in Vietnam.