the Five things you may want to consider bringing to your trip

while mentally packing for my upcoming 6 weeks trip i realised there are some items i have always been bringing and never was them a “waste” or “extra” weight or space hogger.

so here are the 5 items you may want to consider bringing.

1. Citronella Essential Oil

what i use it for: ward off mossies and bugs and cure myself of discomfort (block nose/vomit/headache…)

hey and it’s really useful according to¬†Organicfacts

besides practical uses, one dorm mate walked into the room one day and said “wow! i love this smell!” and we started talking.

2. Nail Clipper

because i dont do check-ins, swiss army knife is definitely out for me. and the nail clipper is a simpler alternative.

what i use it for: cutting plastic wraps/packagings/cable ties and of course my nails.

some nail clippers also come with bottle opener. definitely another conversation starter!

3. Instant mixes (eg Milo/coffee/yuzu tea/ginger tea)

this is mothers’ favourite. and they bring enough supply for one month on a 4d3n trip.

what i use it for: when i am really cold or when i was caught in the rain and then a fever. also a good source to curb the hunger

for my recent trip to Myanmar, i brought along a pack of Yuzu mix and a pack of Milo.

the yuzu tea saved my night when i caught a cold. and the milo? saved me from the hunger pangs when i boarded the plane. (didnt want to pay for that expensive airplane meal)

if you brought extras, offer it to someone too!

4. Buff (this really deserves the nobel award)


what i used it for: bundle my hair up, as an eye mask, as a mask, extra heat for the throat

female divers will know the hassle of tying up our hair and wearing the mask. the buff hides my hair well.
when i ride overseas, i do not have the luxury of putting on a new helmet. the buff helps again.
same for helmets worn for adventures like white water rafting, ropes and rock climbing.

the buff really keeps the hair out of the way and helps to main personal hygiene.

besides that, i often travel in night buses and sleep in dorms. sometimes just as i sink into deep sleep, an oncoming vehicle with flashing glaring light wakes me up. grouchy.
or when i sleep in dorms, people may enter the room and carelessly switch on all the lights. my buff keeps the light out!

next! when i was in Cambodia, the road was pretty dusty. and so my buff acted as a mask. covering from nose down. awesome.

and when i was in kunming, the wind got chilly and my throat started feeling weird. so i put the buff around my neck and gave the neck some extra heat.

here’s some ways to wear a buff!

5. a GOOD playlist
and by that, i mean, REMOVE ALL THE EMO SONGS or songs that makes you think about the past!
when you are on a trip, especially if you are traveling alone for a longer period, you really dont want to spend time dwelling on the past and get emotional at night.
happy upbeat songs will perk you up and give you the extra energy to carry on.

in the past i always had some emo songs. then ouch. tearing alone at night is insane. so i decided to revamp my playlist.
never been better.

three more items you may want to consider brining

– your little “soft toy”.

i bring my blue elephant along nowadays. it’s a girl’s thing. acts as a neck pillow as well as a conversation starter.. just make sure it’s CLEAN and really cute.

– your favourite snacks.
i brought the Pola biscuit for my previous trip. and gave away some to new friends along the way. good for night buses and making friends!

– some small little toys/souvenirs
i brought the ikea toy puppets and gave them out to little children i met along the way. their smiles are priceless.

okie. 3 more days to my trip. i better start PHYSICAL packing. 6 weeks!!!!