What not to pack

Unless you're planning on camping, leave the sleeping bag at home and just take a sleeping sheet.

Unless you're planning on climbing a few mountains, leave the trekking boots at home.

Be selective in how much music you bring as you can always buy more.

Quality slide and print film along with cards for digital cameras are available throughout the country.

Traditional guidebooks both new, second-hand and pirated are easily purchased throughout Southeast Asia. Prices may be considerably lower than your home country so consider buying books as you go rather than getting them all before you leave.

Be wary of lugging too much electronic equipment. Do you really need six lenses, two camera bodies, a laptop, a potable music player and a mobile phone?

About the author:
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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