As someone who has spent 25 years living in and out of a backpack, I’m getting the hang of packing efficiently and packing lightly. It doesn’t matter whether you’re travelling for one week or ten weeks, the amount of clothes you need is pretty much the same. My pack to Myanmar (Burma) weighed 10 kgs and on the return trip it weighed 15kgs. If I hadn’t bought gifts for friends, it probably would’ve only been 12 kgs.
On my recent trip to Burma there was only one thing I didn’t wear and that was my raincoat, although it did rain but the long boat I was in provided raincoats.
My tip for travelling to Myanmar (Burma) is three sets.
- One you’re wearing
- One you’re washing and it’s hanging up to dry
- One is in your pack
Firstly, I wear mostly black basics. Tops, shorts, pants, skirt, knickers etc. That way I can usually gain an extra day out of them because they don’t show the dirt. I add colour with scarves, a simple necklace or bracelet. I wear no rings (fingers swell in heat), expensive jewellery or anything of sentimental value when I’m travelling in case I lose it or get robbed. Even a watch you can live without if you have a smart phone.
Here is a list of everything that I took (including what I wore to and from Australia to Yangon and return) that covers all occasions for a September/October trip:
- 1 x North Face long black pants with lots of pockets, some with zips.
- 1 x Kathmandu black shorts that come to about 10cm above the knee
- 1 x black knee length cotton skirt that comes just below the knee
- 3 x sleeveless black cotton t-shirts
- 3 x black cotton underwear
- 2 x bras
- 1 x pair of cotton sports socks
- 2 x light long sleeved cotton tops that covered my shoulders for temples (bright colours)
- 1 x sarong to cover my legs for temples (also used as a pillow, bath wrap tablecloth, tote bag, sun protection and blanket). You could easily purchase one of these Myanmar (Burma)
- 1 x light long sleeved Macpac merino black top for cooler conditions (worn once)
- 1 x wide brimmed grey hat with foreign legion flaps and a tie for under the neck (great when it’s windy)
- 1 x scarf – purple that complemented my clothes (lovely scarves at Inle Lake -above)
- 1 x runners (worn on plane to and from Yangon and once on trek)
- 1 x Keen sandals (I probably should’ve brought my Birkis which are easier to get on and off at temples)
- 1 x swimsuit
- 1 x raincoat (not worn)
- 1 x necklace (lovely jade ones to buy at markets)
- 1 x bracelet (explore markets for something unique)
- 1 x glasses (which I wear all the time & 1 spare just in case)
- 1 x ear plugs
Apart from toiletries, the other items I brought were:
- Head torch
- iPhone, charger, headphones – click here for more info
- Ipad keyboard with blue tooth used in conjunction with iPhone 6+
- Plug adaptors
- Pocket knife
- Keep cup
- 1 litre Sigg bottle
- Mini first aid kit – click here for more info
- 3 small karabiners to attach things to my tote bag
- 2 x small wallets – one for local currency and one that holds Australian currency & credit cards
- Passport in a wallet with travel documents
- Foldable bag (below)
- My travelling owl – click here for more info
When you put it in a list it looks alot but it wasn’t much at all. Only 10kgs and that’s a very manageable weight to shuttle around airports, trains, buses and so on.
Now it’s your turn. Share your stories on what you’ve taken away that’s been useful and what hasn’t in the comments below.