When packing, we suggest being organised and following this list by Objective Gap Safety; it will make your life much easier and you will be able to spot things being planted on you. Items you will often use need to be in a compartment that can be easily reached.
Money belt – with a clip fastener, Day sack: 15 - 20L max.
First Aid kit + sterile needle set.
Head torch/small torch. The Petzl Zipka or Tikka LED head torch is recommended.
Hats appropriate to environment and Sunglasses, Sun cream with high UVA protection.
Water bottle (perhaps with built-in purification filter) + purification tablets.
Penknife/leatherman – make sure it’s not in your hand luggage when flying!
Sleeping bag liner - cotton or silk, Mosquito net. Insect repellent – suggest with DEET content of 30 -50% or use organic variants e.g. PreVent.
Travel Towel, Wet wipes/alcohol wipes – keeping hands hygienic will prevent diarrhoea.
Series of stuff sacks for clothes, gadgets, etc.
Sleeping bag or lightweight quilt/poncho.
Padlock (for rooms and suitcases + small chain – combination not key). Door Lock.
Whistle/rape alarm. Contraceptives.
Mug & knife, fork & spoon.
Mini binoculars – ideal for birds and wildlife (thoroughly recommend).
Compass - if travelling in remote areas.
Cagoule/waterproof jacket/poncho. Travel head pillow. Travel wash.
Medical book – Bugs Bites and Bowels, Traveller’s Health or Rough Guide to Travel Health.
Tupperware container of useful things, Masking tape, String, Matches, Sewing kit.
Universal adaptor. Solar chargers for Ipods/mobiles.
Digital camera, Digital card reader – for ease of downloading photos onto Internet.
Mobile phone, Sim card reader protector.
Clothes and Footwear
We suggest only taking the minimum; good cheap clothes can be bought overseas. If you are going to harsh climates or trekking, then a little more warm clothing may be needed, but layering is the best solution. Don’t take any military-style clothing and avoid white clothes (difficult to keep clean).
2 x long baggy cotton or linen trousers, 2 x cotton long sleeve shirts.
A few T-shirts, 2 pairs shorts, Swimwear, Fleece or sweatshirt, 1 x non-crease skirt (for the girls).
Sarong or equivalent (ideal for visiting temples/mosques).
Wash bag (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, liquid soap/soap in dish, razors)
Pair of sturdy footwear. Trainers/ cross trainers or Gore-Tex walking boots.
Pair of flip-flops or sandals