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New Balance Minimus shoes

Posted by Billz858 on 13/10/2012 at 16:08

This will be my first back packing trip in SEA and I plan on doing the typical local site seeing and some hiking. A buddy of mine recommended new balance Minimus because its comfortable and it's waterproof ability. Should these work ok? I'm not really in favor of boots because of its bulkiness. Help! ...

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Should I bring a mosquito net?

Posted by AndyPandy on 13/9/2012 at 03:32

Hi all, I have one week left before I make my way to SE Asia - thank you again for your amazing help and advice. I was shopping yesterday and came across a compact mossie net and was tempted to buy it. Just wondered what the chances are of finding hostels which have places for you to hook the central bit to the ceiling on are? Do you think it's worthwhile buying one or no point unless camping? thank you Andy ...

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Travelling Advice Needed!

Posted by LukeB on 15/8/2012 at 16:26

Hey Guys, Im travelling around far east asia for 2.5 months (sept-november) and then flying to australia to begin a years work visa. I will be travelling in australia but obviously it will be at a much slower rate than my asia travels as i will be looking to find jobs on the way to gain money. I was wondering what back pack would people recommend and what are the definite essential items I should pack? Ive never travelled before and im literally clueless on what to take. As usual ive left eve ...

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Temple Visits

Posted by Whispy on 10/1/2012 at 21:04

I am wondering about what I should wear to visit temples and the grand palace? I am a female. Should I wear pants or could i get away with wearing tights that are just short of the ankle under a dress? Keeping my shoulders covered of course. ...

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Confused about backpacks!

Posted by Fish88er on 6/3/2012 at 09:29

Hi all, I'm currently in the process of buying a backpack for my travels, I didn't realise there was so much to consider when buying one. Sooo confused, ! A little bit about me, I'm a 24 yer old male travelling from anywhere in between 8-12 months. So comfort and usability is a must. Afew questions: how big is too big? Is a day bag a must? What's the better brands to go for? Do only certain bags come with the all round zip thingy? What ones would you guys recommend? Ow and most important of al ...

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BACKPACK HELP 80l ( 70 + 10)

Posted by ashley23 on 11/6/2012 at 03:22

help with backpack please?! I have an osprey waypoint 80 (70 litre main pack and 10 litre detachable).. which i was thinking to leave the daypack behind as ill probably use a shoulder bag for everyday use. but does anyone reccoment to take or not reccomend to take it ?? ( dusnt add extra weight or anything) I thought it would be totally fine size but have been reading a zilliion forums with mixed ideas. Im now contemplating on buying a smaller one :S macpac (65 L (50 + 15) however id much ra ...

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The right backpack for both tropical and alpine conditions!

Posted by sag14 on 29/5/2012 at 15:03

Hi there. I am planning my medical elective and getting quite confused on what kind of backpack I should get. My trip requires me to pack for sun/rain/humidity in Borneo (4 weeks) and also camping in alpine conditions in the himalayas (4 weeks). I do not have to carry camping gear (cooking equipment, tent..ect) just my sleeping bag, clothes and personal things. Any advise on size and brands would be great! Thanks, Signy ...

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Rain in SE Asia in August

Posted by Sfnwonder on 13/5/2012 at 15:03

Hi. I am traveling though Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam end of July and August. Not ideal but that is the only time we can go. I have been told that we should expect lots of rain, landslides etc What wet weather gea should I bring? 'breatheable' lightweight rain jacket? Also...definitely want a rucksack or suitcase with wheels but was told not to bring a hard case but all the rucksacks with wheels are 4kg + and as budget airlines only allow 20kg that quite a chunk of weight allowance (we are go ...

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75 L backpack...too much or just about right??

Posted by bakpakk on 29/4/2010 at 01:02

Hey guys, so I'm thinking about getting a New 75L Internal frame camp travel hiking backpack bag for my trip to SE Asia next month. I'll be traveling for 21/2 months so I was wondering if 75L is just about right or too heavy. I'm a guy, a runner, fairly muscular and I don't intend to pack too much when I head out. I just think having a 75L might come in handy if I pick up things along the way which I intend to bring back home. Thoughts? thanks for your time. Best regards, bakpakk ...

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Plus Sized Outdoor Clothing

Posted by CoraBora on 19/4/2012 at 04:53

Hello Ladies, Do any of you have experience purchasing outdoor clothes from REI, Columbia, or any other outfitter? I am preparing for travel to Cambodia and I am plus sized. I would like to get one or two good pairs of wicking, convertible, bug resistant pants, with a hidden pocket. At the expense, I would like reviews and any recommendations? Have you purchased something you love? Please, any clothing advice would be greatly appreciated! Cheers! Cora ...

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Packing Tips. Taking It To The Next Level

Posted by traveler124 on 16/4/2012 at 23:25

The general prep and packing sections of the site (not just the forum) provide some excellent advice on what to take and what not to take. Having lived in Asia for some time and getting myself stamped through two passports, here are some additional tips that you may find useful;especially if this will be your first trip to Asia. Are you sure you want to look like a typical backpacker? There is definitely merit in bringing stuff that is particularly useful when travelling. However, a lot of peopl ...

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Laundry on the road

Posted by busylizzy on 28/3/2012 at 20:00

Some time ago, I hooked on to a suggestion from SBE (a fellow travelfisher) about using a dry bag as a washing machine while travelling. I used my for 6 months until the bag started to delaminate - but it's a great idea. You fill it with warm water, add a bit of soap, toss in the clothes, then shake it around for a few minutes. It's much better than washing in the sink while using your undies to plug up the sink hole. Well, I see (courtesy of TooManyAdapters) that an Australian has come with ...

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Finding the right Backpack....

Posted by nhawker on 15/3/2012 at 08:10

Im travelling for 6 weeks in the summer and dont want to get a massive backpack. Ideally i would like a 40l backpack with a detachable day pack, but they only seem to do them on the bigger backpacks when i have searched. Has anyone come across any? Thanks ...

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Viewed 2,371 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by goonistik on 16/3/2012 at 01:01

Backpack stress!

Posted by jonny85 on 29/2/2012 at 13:20

Hey all,im getting stressed out deciding on a backpack,i currently have a normall 65l pack but its not lockable and has no daypack,isit essential to have a lock as il be in se asia hostels for 4months and will it be a hassle carrying a daypack with my backpack?! Anyone with experience/advise please help me out! Thanks. ...

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Sleeping Bag or Sleeping Bag Liner?

Posted by Criggy on 27/2/2012 at 10:18

Hi, I'll be travelling around SEA for 9 weeks starting from March 15th. Starting in Hanoi, i'll travel down through Vietnam over 4-5 weeks, then head into Cambodia, Laos and Northern Thailand. Will I be OK just taking a sleeping bag liner? I also have a 1-2 season, small, lightweight sleeping bag, but i'm not sure whether i'll need it? I'll be in budget hostels/guesthouses/homestays etc rather than hotels. Not planning on doing any camping. Thanks for any advice! -Chris ...

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Viewed 6,786 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by busylizzy on 27/2/2012 at 16:39

Selling Osprey Atmos 65 Backpack (NEW)

Posted by lcs073 on 24/2/2012 at 12:22

Hi there, I'm selling a brand new "Osprey Atmos 65 Internal Frame Backpack" Aspen Gold for 239sgd. Never use before,just opened the bubble wrap to take photo. Helping a friend to sell, the tag and all still there. let me know if you need more photo I can email or watsapp you. Thanks! For your reference: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41efIGH391L._AA300_.jpg http://savagemountaineering.com/2011/03/osprey-atmos-65-review/ http://www.coloradohikersguide.com/osprey-atmos-65-back ...

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TRAVEL PACK HELP

Posted by tandseb on 15/2/2012 at 16:53

Hey guys, I am looking at the REI Grand Tour 80 Travel Pack - Women's for our 1 year SE Asia- Australia trip in November, but I cant find this in the UK!! http://www.rei.com/product/809158/rei-grand-tour-80-travel-pack-womens If I am going to pay postage from US I want to be sure its the right purchase. Has anyone got any comments about this pack? Does anyone got any suggestions of a similar pack in the UK? I really like the front zipper style as its seems to be easy access and ( as I am a ...

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Buy new backpack or use fake TNF one

Posted by HugeCookie on 31/1/2012 at 05:37

Hey guys I need some advice. Last year while I was studying in China I bought a The North Face Flight Series 50 Electron backpack (which is fake I assume, because can't seem to find the series name on the official TNF site) at a local market. I used it for a month of backpacking and it worked fine. I think I should have adjusted it better (if possible), because it wasn't that comfortable. Now I am going to do 5 months of backpacking through SE Asia and while the TNF Electron backpack worked fine ...

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How cold is N Thailand?

Posted by Whispy on 10/1/2012 at 21:01

I am leaving this week for a month long trip through Thailand. I am using a 35L bag only so space is an issue, especially since I want to leave it partially empty for shopping. We will be starting in Bangkok and going to Chang Mai and I am worried about how cold it gets this time of year in the North. I have planned to pack a small(ish) zip-up hoodie to keep me warm. Is this really necessary? ...

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A little something from the UK...

Posted by Phiddy on 11/1/2012 at 12:34

Hi, a lot of people have said its a good idea to bring little gifts from where you live to give to couch surfing hosts or anyone else, it's a great idea but I cannot think of anything unique (and cheap - I'm not made of money) to bring from the UK. Does anyone have any ideas? What do you usually bring (if you bring anything)? I'm from the midlands if that helps! ...

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