Packing for Vietnam

The BF & I booked with Air Asia, a budget airline from Malaysia. We’re flying from Sydney to Kuala Lumpa to Ho Chi Minh City. We decided to buy 20kg of luggage to share, as we thought it was unlikely we’d each get in under than 10kg carry on limits.

Here’s what I plan to pack:

Short dresses - two for night, one for day

Short dresses – two for night, one for day

Three pairs of shorts: denim, white and navy

Three pairs of shorts: denim, white and navy

Jeans - likely to be worn on the plane

Jeans – likely to be worn on the plane

Two (mini) skirts: denim and pink and white stripe

Two (mini) skirts: denim and pink and white stripe

Three 3/4 shirts, self explanatory

Three 3/4 shirts, self explanatory

Three tops: pink t-shirt, white linen button up, blue and white kaftan top

Three tops: pink t-shirt, white linen button up, blue and white kaftan top

Swimsuits/bathers/cossie

Swimsuits/bathers/cossie

 

Casual dresses - I love to wear this around the house, but these two are also out for outside wear

Casual dresses – I love to wear this around the house, but these two are also out for outside wear

Here's a snippet of what I'm packing, a lot in hand luggage, some in other luggaeg

Here’s a snippet of what I’m packing, a lot in hand luggage, some in other luggaeg

Here's my reading pile, compliments on my parents extensive collection.  They will find homes in Vietnam

Here’s my reading pile, compliments on my parents extensive collection. They will find homes in Vietnam

You can do without an underwear shot!  Of my shoes, I’m packing my leather thongs and my black ballet flats, and my runners.  To see my shoes, check out this post.

The contents of the pink/clear purse are in my post about my handbag’s contents

I also think I need something warmer and comfortable layers for the plane. Usually I wear a hoodie, which is great for cold temps, but I know it’d be bulky and get no wear in Vietnam. So some more planning and thinking needs to happen there. <- I decided on a singlet top, a thin long sleeve tee, my trench coat and a scarf to go with the jeans.  Sorry, no photo.

At time of posting there was four hours til take off! Exciting!  Anything you think I’m missing?

 

This entry was posted in Life, Lists, Travel, Vietnam

16 Responses

  • How long are you going for again? I try to travel light and each holiday I take fewer and fewer items!

    Love the blue tone and the kaftan top.And such a pretty cosie!

    Mitchum is the best! I won't buy any other.

    Enjoy!

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    • we're going for… two weekends, and the in between week, so 10 days? I think there's a few more bottom than are necessary, and probably tops. I hate hot locales, everything gets hot and sweaty, and I'm not a big believer in hand washing :p

      I will not move from Mitchum either – it's great. The cosie is lovely, and this photo meant I remembered to mend one of the loose beads before leaving.

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      • For 10 days I don't think you need more clothes. But that's just me. I prefer light travel. And all my clothes, whatever I wear, will be new to everyone who sees me so I'd probably only take 2 dresses and 3 shorts and 1skirt for just over a week. I wouldn't wear that meany clothes at home (if I wasn't working) so I definitely wouldn't want to drag that much weight behind me.

        But pack away. And enjoy your holidays and clothes.

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        • Thankfully the weight wasn't much of a problem getting here, weshared one wheeled suitcase. I was a little overwhelmed at the choice when i arrived in the hotel room – so many clothes! That being said it's warmer here, or at least more humid than i expected to I'll be unlikely to rewear any tops I've worn.

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  • You’re probably on the plane now and won’t get this, but wishing you safe travels! I think your pack list is perfect…it’s great to have enough gear so you don’t have to handwash every few days. After all, that’s what holidays are for! And those items are all light-weight and should be compact. Can’t wait to see some photos!

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  • I love seeing what other people pack for holidays 🙂 Have you got something to entertain yourselves on the plane? It can be a long boring trip!

    Have a great time, looking forward to reading about it when you get back 🙂

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    • The BF enjoyed the use of his tablet, watching movies and tv shows. I read my book, and slept a LOT! Sadly the bf hardly slept a wink, but he runs very well on minimal sleep I've discovered!

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  • I've fantasized about flying up north and packing nothing but on-the-plane entertainment, and they buying a week's worth of clothes as a thrift store! (And donating them back, when we're done). I think it would be so stress-free to go without luggage or a carry-on.

    I love your dresses, by the way! Have a wonderful, safe trip!

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    • Oh that would be great! Though I'd probably want to take my own underwear! Often when I"m going away and being in bith hot and cold climates, I'll buy a jacket from the thrift store and leave in when I leave the colder clinate (ie Canada heading for Cuba, New Delhi in the north to beachside Goa in the south) It works well!

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  • It's so much fun planning and packing for a trip, then actually laying everything out. Thanks for the photos! There's quite a few almost empty toothpaste tubes there 🙂 Have a wonderful trip!

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    • I plan to use up all those toothpastes, once and for all! I dud quite enjoy laying everything out, and phitographing it, i think it helps me remember what I've got too.

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  • Blue seems to be a favorite! I really like your blue and white striped dress 🙂

    Are you planning to give the books away as you finish them?

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    • Oh yes Amanda, i have a very soft spot for blue! A bower bird in human form! That striped dress in a favourite,and was actually my mother's, I traded her avery similar Raloh Lauren dress that i never quite liked the lines of – so we both had great taste!

      Will definitely leave my booksbehind when Igo, almost through the first one already!

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  • I think you've packed a versatile mix to get you through any situation. I've never travelled to a hot climate so I would have no idea what to pack. I would probably take coats and sweaters "just in case" because I am so accustomed to colder weather that I wouldn't really believe it could be warm all the time, even at the equator, LOL! Looks like you would have had a long first flight – for comparison, it is only 7 hours to fly coast to coast across Canada. But since you've travelled to Europe and North America, maybe you think this is a short haul!

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  • Happy travels!

    I pack light too – I think you have a good mix for the climate.

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