Southeast Asia Remote Year Packing List

The number one question I have been asked is, “what do you pack for 4 months?” Because I am traveling and working I do have to bring more items than I would normally on a vacation.  I am sharing my Southeast Asia packing list which is going to be in a warm climate so you don’t need as many layers or options.  Less is always more but keep in mind, if there is something you can’t live without that brings you joy-bring it!


Work Related

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro with wireless mouse
  • iPad with keyboard: Bringing an iPad as a backup to my computer so I can work from anywhere but not have to carry my laptop.
  • Moleskin Notebook/pens: Taking notes and jotting down ideas is necessary for me to stay organized.
  • iPhone Unlocked: Will have to take calls for work and stay in touch with family and friends through Whatsapp, Skype and Facebook. Will also need the unlocked phone to use the local SIM.
  • Hotspot: I would normally bring a hotspot since I am working but Remote Year provides us with these.
  • Kate Spade crossbody: This will be dual purpose as my laptop bag and work well as a purse.
  • Roost Laptop Stand: Protects your neck and back while working on a laptop


  • Identification: Passport, Drivers license, extra passport photos for visas, Visas for Cambodia and Vietnam. Thailand and Malaysia do not require Visa’s for less than 30 days.
  • Money: Citi checking account and credit card accounts with no foreign transaction fees. Because I don’t like carrying a lot of cash I wanted to make sure all of my accounts have no foreign fees.
  • PacSafe 12L travel safe: I am doing a lot of travel to other countries and staying in Air BNB’s so I want to ensure my computer is safe.
  • Travel adapters: You can also buy these when you get there.
  • Power Bank
  • Sleep Mask
  • Noise Cancelling Headphones
  • Travel pillow
  • Book: You could download on your iPad but I just like the feeling of a real book.
  • I don’t typically like to bring the RFID neck wallets because I don’t use them but this can be handy to protect your passport if you will use it.


Healthcare and Hygiene

  • First-aid kit with a small pharmacy inside (Neosporin, Band-Aids, gauze, ibuprofen, antibiotics, anti-itch cream, antibiotics)
  • Anti-Malarial pills for Cambodia
  • Immunization records
  • 100% DEET bug spray
  • Target bug bands: a bracelet that keeps the bugs away. They actually work.
  • Sunscreen
  • Mac Toiletry bag: Should fit my makeup, shampoo and conditioner, Razor, body wash, face wash moisturizer and toothpaste and tooth brush. Everything in Travel Size.
  • Mini straightener and blow dryer: I normally don’t bring these when I travel but since I will be there for 4 months I wanted to bring them. The BaByliss ones are VERY small.
  • LifeStraw water filtration bottle: This can be overkill as there are water bottles everywhere but I try to be green and not always use water bottles.
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • PackTowel travel towel
  • Portable Speaker
  • Hairbrush
  • Travel Umbrella


For Clothes

  • Big blanket scarf for flights
  • Cardigan/sweater for chilly evenings and to visit temples
  • 5 tank tops/t-shirts
  • 2 leggings: I love the Lulu Lemon naked leggings.
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 7 Dresses that could be converted for day, night or business with accessories. I love dresses because they don’t take up much room and can be casual or dressy.
  • 1 pair of workout pants/2 workout tops: My Lulu leggings can be used for working out.
  • Regular ankle socks for working out
  • 2 Bathing suits
  • 2 beach cover-ups
  • Beach Hat
  • Dressy and Casual sandals
  • Comfortable shoes for flights
  • Running shoes
  • 2 weeks underwear
  • 2 bras plus 1 sports bra
  • 1 Pair Pajamas
  • Sunglasses-2 pairs
  • Small Backpack for hikes
  • Inexpensive Jewelry-Way to spruce up outfits



  • Compression bags will help make room for packing
  • Travel cubes will help you stay organized and fit more
  • Rolling your clothes allows you to fit more
  • Bring items that you can use for multi-purpose. I.E. Leggings that are workout quality that you could also use as pajamas.
  • Don’t bring anything expensive that you care about losing. I bring a lot of items that I don’t mind tossing if I don’t have room.


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