Companion to the Bali Travel Survival Guide, the Southeast Asia Carry-On Packing List is the result of weeks of research and contains opinions based on years of actual use. Use it while planning your next trip to Southeast Asia.
Keep Calm and Carry-On
Tortuga Travel Backpack - 44 Liter Carry-On-Sized
I originally purchased this bag based on a recommendation from Erin McNeaney, author of The Carry-On Traveller. And though I found a couple of gremlins with the first one ordered, Tortuga customer service was responsive and express me a replacement bag within days.
Chrome Unisex Citizen Messenger Bag
While the Tourtuga is great for carry-on travel and carries well on a scooter, you’re not going to want to lug all of your weight around during the day while you’re checking out the best coworking spots in Bali. I’ve had my Chrome messenger bag for about three years and not only is it comfortable for riding, it’s extremely convenient and it draws more attention and compliments than any other apparel I’ve ever owned.
Eagle Creek Pack It Specter Cube Set
Stay organized and maximize carry-on space with compression cubes by Eagle Creek. It’s simply amazing how much you can fit in these little suckers. I purchased my two sets in white – for aesthetics and because their translucency makes them easy to see through.
King Of Shaves Alpha Shave Oil
I didn’t expect this stuff to work as well as it did, but was thoroughly impressed with my shave. It’s true, good things do come in small packages.
Dental Source Travel Toothbrush
Not the most glamorous product, but useful nonetheless. This toothbrush is teeny tiny and closes inside itself. It’s bright and easy to spot, and even comes with a small tube of toothpaste for just a few bucks.
Aluminum Suitcase Luggage Tags
In the off chance you lose your bag these may be the only way to help you get it back. Lightweight, durable and stylish, they also help protect your sensitive information from prying eyes while still easily identifying your luggage.
Mophie Powerstation 4000mAh External Battery Charger
Don’t risk running out of battery during your trip. I’ve used my Mophie for years without issue. It’s extremely lightweight, and good for one charge.
Modern Bethel Travel Pouch
I first got a look at this product while I was at a coliving space in Ubud. I was feeling a bit disorganized with my electronics and found this the perfect way to stay organized and help keep gear dry and free of dirt.
Travel Document Organizer
Store your passports, credit cards, checkbook, business receipts and tickets all in one place. This organizer contains an RFID-blocking lining and a wrist strap to help protect your valuables while you’re on the go.
Briggs & Riley Cable Lock
Travel locks can be rather heavy. But not this one. At half the weight of similar locks, the Briggs & Riley not only looks cool, it will shave ounces off your overall carry-on weight. And if you forget the combination you can always cut the cable without damaging your bags. TSA-compliant.
MacBook Pro 15.4-inch with Touch Bar
If you’re a developer like I am, no other machine comes close in performance and reliability than the MacBook Pro. I’ve been using MacBooks for my professional work for over 8 years and wouldn’t go back to a Windows machine if you paid me. They’re a little pricy, but just consider it an investment in yourself.
Apple iPhone 6 64GB Unlocked Smartphone
If you’re working with a MacBook there’s no better companion than an iPhone. Coming from Android device originally, I can honestly say I’ve tried both and prefer my Goldie for iOS’s simplicity and sleek user experience. Just be sure you get one that’s unlocked so you can take advantage of the ultra low-cost phone plans available while traveling in Southeast Asia.
iPhone Sim Card Tray Open Eject Pin
You can find these a little cheaper at cellphone stores in Asia, but the cost savings isn’t worth the time spent when you can have one ready to go before you arrive.
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