Things I had (and was still using) when I returned a year later:
1 nicely worn travel pack, 45 Litres.
5 pairs of underwear, very important :)
2 pairs of shorts (one doubling as a swimsuit)
1 pair of thin Thai cotton pants
cheap flip flop sandals - they are a big mistake
5 cotton shirts, very thin, picked up along the way.
3 sarongs, bought along the way - useful for many occasions.
few strips of thin cotton, used to tie up rolled clothing
giant box of tooth floss.
money belt, essential
swiss army knife, well used
bottle of iodine, well used
moleskin for blisters, well used
laundry line, well used
4 or 5 small locks with keys, very useful
candles, very useful and romantic in 3rd world
address book, essential
earplugs, moderately useful
digital thermometer, used once.
tiny, tiny med kit: cotton bandages, tape, folding scissors, band-aids
drugs: Cipro antibiotic, ibuprofen, sinus meds, boro cream antiseptic
local variety of bug spray, contains citronella
mini flashlight, saved my life
4 oz bottle of shampoo, very durable lid
soap wrapped in one Ziploc bag
lots of shitty Ziplock brand bags that were broken.
zippered cloth bags would have been better!
very thin cotton towel, which looked like a rag
lots of unused diahrea pills - just drink tonnes of water!
pictures from along the way
no toilet paper (nice to meet you!)
digital camera and rechargeable batteries/charger
electric shaver and cord
lots of tiny shit in a plastic bag: thread & needles, business cards, lip gloss, Canadian flags
a pac-safe metal mesh bag, used exclusively for the computer.
laptop computer in separate courier bag
courier bag, with: power adapter, extension cord (very useful), small surge protector & two A/C plug adapters.
too many unused condoms!!!
Somehow, when I came back my bag was much less "stuffed" than when I left. I attribute it to a keen sense of "I travel fast" and the thin clothes found in the tropics. Like everyone, I took much more than the above, and didn't use much of it. I mailed back all the stuff I wanted to keep but was unimportant, and gave the rest away.
My only advice: focus on your clothes. The warmer the climate, the thinner the clothes and the more skin that ends up being shown. This is true for males and females. Travel light but look good.
More travel stuff...
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