Less is more. The less things you pack in your bag, the more fun your travel becomes. Though, I have to confess that it took me many travels before mastering the art of light packing. Recently, I got the chance to visit Thailand and finally put my light packing skills to test.
“Carry light, carry love, carry on.”
What I packed: 3 tops, 2 bottoms, 3 sets of underwear and socks, pocket towel, toiletries, oversized S-carabiner, IKEA sack bag (as an extra bag for shopping), battery pack, gadget chargers, inflatable neck pillow, sun screen, lip balm, wallet, passport, pen, mac air, charger, outlet adapter, headset, pouch for small things, prayer beads, earrings, and shades, plus I brought 1 pair of vans shoes and a packable rain jacket. All neatly packed inside my light weight Khumbmela backpack.
What I left behind: Lotion, deodorant, pair of slippers, malong, a book, hair brush, digital camera + charger + extra battery, GoPro Camera + charger, extra pair of shoes, 3 extra shirts, 1 extra pair of jeans, 2 pajama set, light shawl, light hoodie jacket, swimsuit, goggles, bottle of shampoo, bottle of bath soap, bottle of alcohol, pack of wet wipes, board shorts, flashlight, and many other small things.
Fact: If you do have to fly, pack light, because lighter planes mean less fuel is burned. The lighter you pack, the lighter your carbon footprint. #ClimateRevolution
Day 0: Manila – BKK
- Buy a local sim (TRUE Move) at the airport, for only B499 you can get 1 week of unlimited data plan.
- Print the BTS/MRT line.
- When shopping, bargain 50% off then negotiate from there.
- Get B500 worth of MRT and B500 worth of BTS card. It’s totally worth it. You can refund balance before you leave BKK.
- For the Floating Market, go to the nearest tourist center and book a tour with them (you will be joining other groups). We got ours for B1,500 for 2 pax, inclusive of roundtrip van ride and speedboat. Extra B150 to tour the floating market on paddle boat (must try!).
Day 2: Ayutthaya
Day 6: BKK – MNL
We took the Airport Link train. Fast, easy, and cheap.
Kha Pun Ka!