Picture Heavy: What I am Packing for a Month-Long Trip To Asia

Warning: Picture heavy.

Also another note: I tend to map out what I want to bring, and then change my mind last minute as I decide.

Even now, looking over the post, I’m thinking of only bringing one pair of jeans, losing that heavy purple jacket and bringing another top instead.

I’m also considering not bothering about blush or makeup wipes, and just bringing the concealer and eyeliner as it would be very easy to wash everything off without requiring specific makeup removers.


I am going on a month-long trip to Asia sometime in 2011, either in the Spring or Summer.

Cities: Kyoto, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore

I don’t want to bring a lot, so this is what I’m thinking about packing.

I might get rid of a couple of things before I go to lessen the load.

..and I also need to pick up a couple of other items that aren’t pictured here at the moment, but shouldn’t take up a lot of space.

Going on!

These are the clothes I’m bringing. 2 pairs of pants just in case something happens to one of them.

I picked my clothes to have a dressy and casual option.

I thought about just one jacket but I’m not sure that will be enough.

Airplanes are really cold sometimes, and with just my light sweater jacket, I find it gets too chilly.

Who knows, maybe I’ll layer instead and wear all my tops underneath the light sweater jacket.

This is what I’m planning on wearing on the plane. Still mulling over the jacket.

No handkerchiefs, underwear, bras or socks included in the photos but they’ll be coming along.

7 pairs of handkerchiefs, socks and underwear. 2 bras.

Two pairs of shoes:

I’ll be wearing these Asolo hiking boots I have yet to purchase ($320 CAD):

I decided on these boots for walking because BF swears by them to keeping his feet fatigue-free for very long treks all around the country.

We are really hands-on (feet-on?) tourists.

We go everywhere locals go, and our days start at 7 a.m. and go until 8 p.m. at night.

We’re going to make the most of it, and I don’t want my feet to be tired.

I’ll pack my (already owned) Birkenstock Mayari sandals along as my “dressy” option (haha!)

I think they’ll be more comfortable to wear and let my feet breathe once in a while, to take a break from the boots.

Also, hiking boots aren’t cute with dresses and “dressy” casual options.

This is one of the bags I bought recently as a compact all-in-one.

I had originally thought about buying the Lululemon Essentials Gym Kit (yes, ANOTHER purple item) and one of the reader reviews showed what she could put in there:

I liked it because it had separate pouches that stuck on with velcro (clear and mesh).

But I decided against it because of the $48 CAD cost (ouch!) and that it zips up all the way around instead of being a quick flap to open and access.

I don’t want to be fiddling with forcing the zipper to go all around my stuff. I just want to throw it in there and go.

So enter this bag on sale, for $22 CAD, at less than half the price.

I also like that it has a separate jewellery velcro area.

Makeup goes here and it’s just basic stuff I can use without brushes.

You are probably wondering: WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU BRING MAKEUP?

(I’d wonder that too.)

True story: We went on a vacation thinking it was just a fun jaunt, nothing planned… and we ended up having to attend a wedding and a bunch of other events.

TOTALLY unplanned, impromptu and very annoying to not have something decent to wear or makeup of your own.

Now, I never travel without something for dressier events so I don’t waste money or time.

Am pondering getting a travel-sized version of the makeup primer instead of the large tube I have there.

I am also going to pick up a blush that won’t need a brush to be applied on and isn’t a liquid like this Tarte Cheek Stain Blissfulfor $30 USD:

I’m going for a solid blush or maybe a Benetint liquid blush for $28 USD.

I also have a $10 CAD credit at Shoppers Drug Mart, so I could pick it up for cheaper.

Something I can apply with my fingers:

Here is what I have for my toiletries and in general.

I’ve found every single item there extremely useful at one point or another.

Look at all that stuff in there with room to spare!

Here are the liquids (including the makeup primer) shown above.

The pouch is going to be clear to get through security.

Not pictured for liquids, creams and gels:

Opti-Free Contact Lens Solution Travel Sizes (x 2)

And some Korres body cream in Japanese Rose scent one of those humangear GoToob things:

We buy food from grocery stores when we travel, and they usually never have cutlery, so we’ve learned to bring our own in plastic so we can make it through security.

Let’s not forget my HP Mini 1000 netbook ($700 USD) and power cord, with my personal review here from Fabulously Broke in the City.

I like that the netbook has an SD slot so that just unload my camera photos on the hard drive and back it up on my external hard drive for just in case.

So that’s all my stuff for Asia. I might need a smaller bag than that to make it through customs, which is why I might need to cut down on a couple of things.

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.