What to Wear on Backpacking Trips in Asia

The Asian continent is filled with beautiful exotic locales, amazing food, and friendly people.  Many of the countries in Asia offer chances to travel and sightsee for just a few dollars a day.  Instead of venturing out on your own backpacking in Asia, there are several tours you can take that will lead you through one or more of the 47 countries that make up the Asian continent. 

Asia is the largest of the seven continents and the diversity it offers is stunning.  You can enjoy time on some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in Thailand, the Philippines or Indonesia.  Visit the rainforests in Borneo, Laos or Cambodia or hike the Himalayans in Nepal, Tibet or India.  There is so much to see in Asia and in many countries, with the exception of Hong Kong, Japan and a couple of other areas, you can travel and eat for about $28 to $35 USD per day. 

Why Book a Tour?

Rather than go it on your own backpacking in Asia, when you book a tour you will be lead by guide that is knowledgeable about the country you’re traveling and they are familiar with the language and the people.  You will also get to meet other travelers and get to share your experiences as you travel Asia.  Plus, when you’re in unfamiliar territory, there is safety in numbers and you don’t have to worry so much about falling prey to con artists and thieves when you’re part of a group.

What to Wear in Asia

When you go backpacking in Asia, there are certain items you want to make sure and add to your pack.  However, the best thing you can do is pack light when you’re traveling with a backpack.  There are many items you really don’t need to take with you and you can buy them for much less while you’re in Asia.  A medium size rucksack of about 35 to 40 liters should be all you need to comfortably get around the continent.

Clothing is one of the essential items that you will need to take with you, but try to carry a minimum amount of clothing, especially tee shirts.  More than likely, you will pick up a tee shirt or two as souvenirs, so you really don’t need to take more than two with you.  You can substitute a tee shirt for a polo shirt if you want something dressier.  Also carry one long sleeved shirt, preferably one in which the sleeves unbutton and roll up.

Carry one thin microfleece jacket in case it gets cool in the evenings or, if you know you are going somewhere colder, carry a thicker fleece jacket with you.  Two pairs of pants made from cotton or special blended fabrics you can buy at outdoor stores should be enough for your trip.  Women may wish to carry a wrap around skirt and a thin cardigan if they are traveling in areas where showing too much skin can bring them unwanted attention.

Leggings are lighter than jeans and they can be worn under other clothing if it does get cold, plus they are easier to clean and dry quickly. 

Neither men or women should consider wearing shorts as that immediately lets people know you are a tourist.  Just take a few days worth of underwear with you, as well as three to six pairs of socks.  For footwear, sandals and lightweight trail running shoes are great for walking in when the weather is warm.  You can get more complete lists about what you should take when backpacking in Asia on the Internet.