I eventually settled in a guest house off
What were in my bags?
The big bag – 3 sets of clothes, towel, toiletries, first aid, alarm clock, charger for camera batteries, notebook etc.
The small bag – Thailand Handbook, jacket, photo gears, water bottle (actually outside)
There were plenty of stuffs, and the big bag got heavier as I added souvenirs to it.
Let’s see what Carl Parkes, author of Thailand Handbook, says about packing…
Overpacking is perhaps the most serious mistake made by first-time travelers. Experienced vagabonders know that heavy, bulky luggage absolutely guarantees a hellish vacation. Travel light and you’ll be free to choose your style of travel. With a single carry-on pack weighing less than 10 kg you can board the plane assured your bags won’t be pilfered, damaged, or lost by baggage handlers. You’re first off the place and cheerfully skip the long wait at the baggage carousel. You grab the first bus and get the best room at hotel.
“Single carry-on pack? Is this possible?” I was in disbelief when I first read the book. But Parkes was totally right. In Oct 2005, shortly after second terrorists’ assault, I traveled to
One of the biggest headaches in my trip was laundry. Ideally, I should drop my clothes in the laundry and collect them back before moving on to another destination. Unfortunately, I often spent just one day in a place – not long enough to have my clothes washed. For my
The trip lasted eight days. Every shirt was worn for two days. Fortunately, I was traveling alone. Had I traveled with relatives/friends, the other people would have to bear with me wearing dusty clothes and stinking socks .
So, the “wash one, wear one” concept didn’t work for me. But my vacation was definitely not hellish. I had not been very healthy prior to my