Foremost, baggage is limited to 44 pounds (20 kgs) and overweight fees can be excessive or delay check-in.
Much of your trip may likely be in a warm to hot tropical climate If you do have check-in, you should attempt meet weight limit of under 20 kilos (44 pounds) not to avoid the minor fees for being overwieght, but to a pssible delay check-in. If you've brought heavier items, like books, carry them on board with you (cabin luggage is typically not weighed). Of course, some items on this list may not be necessary for your particular trip. What you bring may vary according to the type of trip you’re going on the countries you’re visiting and when you’re traveling. We recommend you check with us, and the details of your trip, when planning what to pack.
Please also see any specific country notes, which may detail unique things to pack for your destination.
Save check-in and waiting for lugagge (and the risk of lost luggage) by only bringing a rolling carry-on and backpack (with sleeve to attach to your rolling bag) without checking any bags.
Anything forgotten can be easily be found in most cities along the way.
Note, please also see our CHECKLIST for items to complete for your trip.
Regional and domestic airlines typically set maximum luggage allowance at 44 pounds per person (20 kgs). Overweight baggage fees may be a small fee, but may delay check-in. More airlines information.
Two dollar bills? Yes, they make humorous souvenirs to bring and handout
For longer trips we recommend you choose clothing that is easy to wash and fast drying. Women should bring a skirt that covers their knees and a scarf for visiting mosques (or buy a sarang locally afetr arrival), churches and other places of worship.
In general for the tropics, avoid polyester sports wear clothing which overheat and do not breath well in the tropics (favor cotton when possible).
Dress codes, such as jacket and tie, are a thing of the past, and only now found at the most exclusive of restaurants, such as the China Club.
T-shirts (top) are considered impolite in many Asian cultures, but make great souvenirs for your guides and drivers (along with baseball caps).
Mobile roaming fees have dropped significantly and there is no longer need to obtain a rental phone or SIMM card locally. Also take advantage of ubquitious WiFi for free messaging and calling.
Too large to bring back with you? Think twice about shipping items home, we have had many a horror stories related to shipping purchases home from Asia.
"We were pleased that Indochina Travel was small enough to provide the things larger companies cannot, yet with all the benefits of using a larger one. In Saigon, we were honored to visit our guide's family. The BEST parts of our trip were the PEOPLE we met, especially the real, local people, not just the famous ones (though they were fascinating as well). Cuong made this possible throughout our time with him."
—Ric Haas, Menlo Park
"Chris and I had a wonderful journey. Thanks to you, everything was flawless. All of the guides were superb (especially Thiha in Burma). The accommodations were top-rate in most cases, the special activities and personal service much appreciated!"
—Ann & Chris McMurray, Alexandria, VA
"Overall, we had an excellent trip! Don and I both loved Bhutan and Myanmar. Both countries are beautiful, each in their own way. Our main comment would be to say how wonderful our guides were. As we've discussed in the past, it's really the difference between a good trip and great one. It was really nice to have the same guide for the entire itinerary, you really get to establish a rapport and they get to know us. We thought both guides were very professional, knowledgeable and personable, and we learned a lot from both."
—Irene Ing and Don Ershig, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Boating - "Thank you for an amazing adventure, we were delighted at every turn and the activities and people we met were thoroughly fascinating. We really the appreciated the authentic experiences we shared. Our girls are still talking about the trip, please give Linh and Duc our best!"
—The Anderson Family
Halong Bay Kayaking - "This was our fourth trip with you guys and it couldn't have possibly been any better. Your crew is outstanding in every way-well prepared, attentive, and professional. Again, you planned some very special things for us which we really enjoyed. Thank you for another amazing experience."