I’m Michelle. After studying in Paris in 2012, I have traveled the world at every opportunity. This blog is dedicated to those travels as well as serving as a resource to others for tips and tricks to make your travel goals a reality.

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Osaka, Japan

Tips & Tricks

How to pack for 6 months+ in Asia – Women

By on March 5, 2018

SOOOO if you’re attempting this, you’re probably feeling like I am now: overwhelmed.  We are going to be traveling through Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam and that’s just what we have planned so far. Where are you even supposed to start with something like this?! I’d like to preface this by saying that we haven’t left for our trip to Asia. This is the packing list that I’m starting with. I am expecting this to change along our journey so I’m purposely bringing clothes that I don’t care about.  This way, if they are ruined or if I need to swap it for something else, I won’t feel bad about doing so.



  • two tank tops
  • long blue tunic – for days where you need to be more covered
  • a flowy boho top
  • two button-up light cotton button up shirt
  • three basic t-shirts (two for hiking, one for sleeping)
  • one light dress
  • a light flowy cardigan


  • one pair of comfortable light jeans
  • black leggings
  • one long pair of work out pants
  • two pairs of capris work out pants
  • 1 maxi skirt
  • one pair of flowy black pants
  • one pair of cargo shorts
  • one pair of work out shorts

*I might be insane for not bringing more shorts, you’d think for South East Asia I’d bring only shorts. I’m doing this for a couple reasons. We’re starting our trip off in Japan in March. This means it’ll be going from winter to spring during this time which means it will likely be a bit brisk. We are then making our way to Thailand in May. I am expecting that when I get to Thailand in May, I’m going to be swapping out a lot of this. May in Thailand is also a bit of a crapshoot. In May, the weather is transitioning from hot season into the rainy season. By starting with this, I’m hoping I’m ready for either scenario.


  • ten pairs of underwear (a lot of people recommend less but this is the one thing I want extras of)
  • six pairs of socks
  • one bra
  • one bralette
  • two sports bras
  • three camis
  • one swimsuit (most people bring a second so that you can wear another one while the first one dries, I’m sure I’ll be buying a second one)


  • an REI packable jacket
  • a rain jacket
  • a light gray sweatshirt


  • a pair of Chacos – hiking sandal
  • a pair of Toms sneakers for city walking
  • a pair of hiking shoes


  • a camera (mine is a Nikkon D5300, I love it)
  • a guerilla pod – this is a tripod that’s flexible and is good for most surfaces
  • a hard drive for our vlogs and photos – I also back them up using cloud storage
  • MacBook Air
  • Fitbit
  • three back up battery packs
  • Kindle – I’m a big reader and not having a physical book kind of emotionally destroys me but the Kindle paperweight is an amazing product and is much lighter than a couple books
  • Moto X4 phone – I use the Google Fi network. it’s great for travelers because it works in 135 countries!
  • chargers for all of the above


  • shampoo/conditioner
  • face cleanser
  • small travel high dryer with different voltage settings
  • deodorant
  • tangle teaser – basically a hairbrush without a handle
  • a compact razor
  • bobby pins
  • hair ties
  • aloe shower wipes – these aren’t in place of showering. I like to shower in the morning but after a long day of hiking or working outside, I don’t want to get into bed feeling sweaty. These wipes are awesome, we discovered them on our trip to Montana. They are really refreshing!
  • nail clippers
  • a beauty oil that I make myself
  • Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray – I live by this stuff. I put it in a little travel spray bottle and it helps hydrate my hair.
  • makeup: I’m not bringing a ton but I wanted to bring a little bit just so if I want to feel a little dressed up, I can.
    • mascara
    • eyeliner
    • bareminerals powder foundation – it’s light and very fast to put on
    • concealer
    • a small travel palette with a couple eyeshadows, setting powder and a highlighter
    • blush
  • tampons


  • Passport – duh
  • RFID-blocking wallet – these wallets prevent scammers from scanning your wallet and stealing your information.
  • a small purse with a zipper
  • a baseball cap
  • a buff
  • camera bag
  • travel documents and copies of passport
    • visas
    • international drivers permit – I’m not sure if we’ll end up needing this but we grabbed them just in case. They are very easy to get, just run down to the nearest AAA with a couple of passport photos
    • printed directions
    • copies of our traveler’s insurance policy (we used WorldNomads)
    • printed proof of onward travel – you are sometimes asked for this when passing through customs. You just need to prove you are leaving the country, a print plane ticket is typically all you should need.
  • quick dry travel towel
  • change purse
  • headlamp
  • a travel pen/flashlight – this tool is pretty cool. It’s a heavy duty pen but it’s actually also meant to break glass or to stave off an attacker. There’s a flashlight at the end with spikes on it. The idea is to blind your attacker with the flashlight and then use the spiked end to defend yourself. My mom gave me this and although I did think it was a overkill, I must admit I do feel safer carrying it. Thanks, mom 😉
  • hand sanitizer
  • a Hydroflask waterbottle – I’m obsessed with mine and no they didn’t pay me to say that but I wish they would.
  • sunglasses
  • lip balm
  • a journal and a nice pen
  • a lock for hostel lockers
  • a plug converter – I have this one so I can charge multiple things at once

As I said, I’m expecting a lot of this to change but this is where I started! I will be creating an updated post once I’ve been traveling for a bit longer to let you know how these things have worked out and if I’ve replaced or gotten rid of anything.


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