Who says backpackers are all dressed like do-gooder or shabby hippies? This is my very personal packing guide for backpacking like a fashionista.
Okay, I have to admit that I was kind of nervous about how to survive 3 weeks in Vietnam with only 1 backpack, which I have to carry all on my own. I racked my brain all day figuring out how to put all the stuff I wanted to take with me in my 65 liter backpack. The more time I invested in finding a way to make this work the more desperate I became. Because to a 3 weeks trip to South East Asia I have to bring much more with me – like a first-aid kit, beauty and hygiene products, my camera and much more.
Before I panicked I took a step back and cleared my mind. I had to find a new access to this problem, which I did (in the end 🙂 )
The key to all problems is: simplicity. A fashionistas wardrobe for a backpacking tour has to be simple, comfy and adaptable. And so I changed my whole packing situations and came up with this packing guide I now want to introduce you to:
A. range of tops
When I started packing I found myself with 15 shirts that I wanted to take with me. Now I’m exploring Vietnam with only 7 tops in my backpack. Nearly all are camisoles, because for the temperature in Vietnam I don’t really need something else. Only two are basic t-shirts with a slightly oversized cut, which is much more comfortable in the tropical heat but also good for your shoulders if you have to carry your backpack all day long when moving from one location to another.
B. bottoms for any occasion
I’ve chosen very simple bottoms so I can wear them with any top I’ve brought and in the end I have even 28 outfit versions, which means only with my bottoms and tops would have 28 different looks for only 21 days of traveling 🙂 So the Vietnamese won’t see me wearing an outfit twice, that’s for sure. Moreover I brought along one pair of jeans for the flight and because we planned on traveling through Vietnam by train.
C. dresses & jumpsuits
I decided to go for 3 cute day dresses, which I could also wear for dinner in the evening and two jumpsuits for any occasion – ranging from sightseeing, dinner till going out.
D. jackets & swimsuits
Bikini and/or swimsuits are essential. Especially when traveling South East Asia, because where else do you expect to find the most beautiful beaches in the world? One bikini and one swimsuit seamed to be the right quantity for my holidays as we only planned one stop at the beach for 4 days. Regarding jackets I wasn’t sure what to pack because of the tropical heat but bringing along 1 cardigan and 1 kimono is always a good idea.
E. accessories & shoes
Concerning shoes it was easy. I always knew I can only bring 3 pairs at max. So I went for 1 pair of sneakers, 1 pair of espadrilles and 1 pair of sandals for the evening. And regarding the accessories I kept it very very simple: 1x sunglasses, 1x day bag and 1x hat (which I bought in Vietnam). I left all my bracelets and necklaces at home, because I’m not wearing them that often anyway.
All in all my backpack hat 11,5 kg and it was heavy even then, but it’s the perfect way of packing if you still want to look like ‘you’ when exploring the world. So I truly hope you enjoyed this post and find the packing guide helpful if you are preparing your own adventure.
Are you a seasoned backpacker? If yes, do you have any tips?
Love & Kisses from Vietnam, Theri