Packing for Indochina!

I leave in just a few days for my trip to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam with the Big Indochina Adventure. Packing for South East Asia is pretty tricky. The weather is hot so you’ll be tempted to back just shorts and tank tops, but Indochina is a conservative country and proper coverage is needed in public and in many temples and restaurants. You have to pack pants and t-shirts for temple wear. You can always buy clothes in Asia but for a plus size girl like me, it might be hard to find the right sizes.

Here’s what I’m packing for 30 days in SE Asia: 

*I’ve stricken through things I didn’t wear or shouldn’t have brought!


Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 10.12.21 PMAccessories: 

  • Panamahat from J.Crew (Got sick of carrying it around, folded it, ruined it and eventually threw it away)
  • Rainbow Saraong
  • 2 Swimsuits (Should have brought just one)
  • Orange Purse from J.Crew
  • Black Bigger Purse from Target (Didn’t use, Tossed)
  • Wind Breaker (Never Worn)
  • Grid it organizers
  • Two Out Go Quick Dry Towels


  • 1 Maxi dress
  • 2 day dresses (Tossed one)
  • 3 Blouses (Only wore one of the three) from Maurices
  • 2 T-shirts (I should’ve packed at least 4) from Torrid
  • 2 Tank Tops (Should’ve packed more)
  • Romper from Maurices
  • Vest


  • Hawaiian Tropics Lotions
  • Bug Spray
  • Aveeno Face Wipes
  • Bronzer with SPF
  • Waterproof Mascara
  • D.O


  • Sewing Kit (A Must have! Saved my life twice!)
  • Adaptor  (All outlets take the american insert!)
  • Playing Cards (Someone else will bring them)
  • Portable Charge
  • Headphones
  • Travel Pillow (It kept falling on the ground everywhere, so for cleanliness sake I tossed it)
  • Small Day Pack


  • A pair of Yoga or Long light weight pants (For Temple wear) Eventually I was able to find Elephant Pants in my size, but it would’ve been easier if I had just brought a pair from home)
  • More underwear! You get so hot and sweaty I was wearing two a day usually.
  • Something a little dressier for clubbing
  • Noise Reducing Headphones (to block out loud fellow travelers on the bus and train)

4 thoughts on “Packing for Indochina!

  1. Danielle West says:

    Hello! I am going backpacking in Thailand in a month and would love to buy a pair of crocs like the ones you have! Just wondering what store you bought them at. This was all very helpful! Thanks a lot!


    • sagenlavender says:

      Hey Danielle,
      I bought them online from! Not for sure if they’re still for sale there but you could search the web.
      Hope you have a great time on your trip! Please follow my blog.
      -Becca Sage


  2. Daisy says:

    Great list! I would add to stop by the drugstore before leaving and get some temporary tooth cement to carry. I didn’t need it, but another traveler was so grateful to get it when he lost a crown two days up River in Laos. Also, people need to know to have one blouse or dress that covers to at least the elbow for going to temples as I was sent back to get one when I only had a scarf over my upper arms. I hope everyone plans a trip here. It’s wonderful!


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