Get Prepared.

Going away for a year can be daunting but we have a few tips and tricks to help make you feel more at ease! Firstly, we would recommend getting yourself a guide-book, Lonely Planet or Rough Guide is our favourite! These tend to be great for travellers on a budget, (after all we want our money to stretch as long as possible as it means more travelling!) It’s easy to flick through and look for a rough route you want to follow (they normally have itineraries at the front so you can estimate how long it will take you!) You don’t have to stick to the route, (we never do) but if you have a rough idea it will help you out a bit!
 Next thing is to tackle the backpack! Packing your life away for a year seems like you need to take your whole house with you, but you will realise soon enough what you really need to take with you. Harry carries a 60L backpack and Leila only carries a 35L. A lot of people said we had such small backpacks for the year but if you pack what you need before hand and it all fits then you don’t need the whole world on your shoulders.  We brainstormed a list of what we needed, checked to see if it all fit into our backpack and made sure it was comfy to carry about!
The list we planned to take with us:
  • A weeks worth of underwear and socks
  • 1 Pair of trainers
  • 1 pair of sandals/sliders
  • 1 sleeping bag liner each (these come in handy)
  • 1 double mosquito net (Harry carries this as its quiet bulky and Leila carries a single net incase we both need one)
  • Small and medium size compartment bags to store all clothes, this makes it easier to pack and unpack without getting everything out each time you go into your backpack
  • A bag for your laundry!
  • 2 swimming costumes/trunks/bikinis
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 3 pairs of trousers
  • 5/6 tops
  • 2 dresses (for Leila, but if you guys fancy wearing dresses too feel free to pack them)
  • 1 quick dry towel
  • 1 waterproof (pack-a-mac)
  • Wash bag (see list below)
  • First aid kit (see list below)
  • Duck tape (comes in handy when you least expect it)
  • Shower cap (a free one you get from hotels just to put over shoes when they’re dirty)
  • 1 pashmina (for ladies incase you have to cover up when entering a temple)
  • Penknife (incredibly useful)
  • A washing line that doesn’t need pegs
  • Go Pro or camera with wi-fi (one of the best things we brought! We love using it to store our memories)
  • Phone (with loads of useful apps)
  • Laptop (we brought ours second-hand to blog and edit the videos on)
  • A book (if you enjoy reading)
  • Notebook (to jot down notes, keep a diary going or to play hangman with someone for the long journeys)
  • Hairbrush + Comb
  • Ear plugs (for them nights in hostels when you have a loud snorer)
  • 1 Eye mask
  • Padlocks (these are very important for when you’re in hostels as they have lockers for your valuables but don’t provide the padlocks for you)
This seems like a lot but when you have it all packed into smaller bags and you’re good at Tetris it shouldn’t be a problem! We would also recommend not taking too many clothes as you will probably buy loads on the way. The clothes are a lot cheaper and much thinner than the clothes we brought from England so it makes it a lot easier and lighter when packing.
Our wash bag contained:
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Bottle of sun-cream (most sun-creams in Asia have whitening in so make sure you’re careful if you buy them aboard)
  • Nail clippers
Our First aid kit contained:
  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Dioralyte (Definitely recommend for dodgy bellies and perfect for when feeling dehydrated)
  • Bandage
  • Plasters
  • Safety pins
  • Antiseptic wipes/antiseptic cream
  • Diarrhea relief tablets (you’re likely to get a dodgy belly somewhere along the way so make sure you have plenty of these)
  • 1 tub of magnesium sulphate paste (great to get splinters out)
  • Tweezers
  • A packet of antihistamine tablets/hay fever tablets (incase you get heat rash or have a slight allergic reaction to something)