If you’re headed to Asia, you have a lot on your mind. You are probably thinking about all the fun places you can explore and all the amazing food you can eat. But with so much on your mind, it can be easy to overlook some of the more practical aspects of traveling – namely what to pack for your trip.


Not everything that is useful back home will be useful on your trip. In fact, there are some things that you can leave at home without any concern at all, as we’ll discuss in this post. Here is a look at 10 travel items you don’t need to pack when traveling to Asia.


  1. A hair dryer


I always pack a few items in my carry-on bag to keep me comfortable during the flight.  Most of these are for comfort and convenience but there is one item I like to have at all times:  a hair dryer.


I’m sure most of you know that a hair dryer is an important piece of equipment when you’re traveling, but if you don’t, I’m here to tell you why.


When you travel to Asia, your hair is going to get dirty and it will get very frizzy. You need to wash your hair every day or two, especially if you are staying in a hotel or resort.


If you don’t wash your hair at least once a day, then the grime will start to build up on your scalp and it will become harder and harder for you to get your hair clean. If this happens then you might find yourself washing your hair three times a day!


The difference between having clean hair and not having clean hair can be the difference between looking like a movie star or looking like an old man. So make sure that you pack a good quality hair dryer with you on your trip.


  1. A lot of clothes


One of the Travel items you don’t need to pack when traveling to Asia is   A lot of clothes.


It is true that most asian countries take pride in dressing up nicely, and that you may feel out of place if you are dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. However, you do not need to bring your entire wardrobe with you. Especially if you like shopping, and have an idea where the local markets are (which could be literally anywhere), buying clothes on the spot can be much more affordable than paying for luggage space.


The upside of this is that, even if you don’t plan on doing any shopping while away, there will always be some kind of souvenir shop selling shirts or pants.


Another option is asking your hotel concierge where the nearest laundromat is. In some places in South East Asia, it can cost as little as $1 to wash a load of laundry!


  1. Passport holder


Your passport is probably the most important item you need when traveling to Asia. Aside from making sure that it is valid, you should also store it well so that it won’t get damaged or lost. I always have a hard time looking for my passport because it is thick and I usually put it inside my bag which makes it hard to find. A passport holder will surely help you in organizing your important documents like your ID, credit cards, and travel tickets. You can easily pull out your passport when passing through customs or immigration. It can also protect your passport from damage and dirt. You don’t need to buy a fancy one; all you need is a simple pouch or wallet where you can put your documents when traveling.


  1. Pillow


You will find pillows everywhere- on the plane, train, hostel or hotel so there is no reason for you to carry one around with you. But if you really need one, then a scarf can always do the trick.


  1. Hair products 

This is one of the most common items which travelers take with them on a trip, but which they end up not using. It’s useful to take a comb or brush, but you should leave behind sprays and gels as there are plenty of cheap alternatives in Asia.


  1. Camera tripod 


 If you are planning on taking pictures of yourself where you will be out of shot, then you can purchase a selfie stick in any Asian country. They cost very little and are much more convenient than carrying around a camera tripod with you on your travels.


  1. Bathroom supplies


If you are traveling to a tropical climate, you can leave behind shampoo, conditioner and body wash. In Asia (and most of the world) hotels and guesthouses provide these free of charge. You will also find them available in most bathrooms in Asia (even public toilets!). If you are staying at private accommodation, ask your host if they have shampoo and other bathroom supplies that you can use.


If you need different types of bathroom supplies than what is available at your hotel or hostel, you can find these at local markets. For example, many people prefer Western-style toilet paper over the Asian variety (which is 1-ply and rough). If this is the case, buy it at a market or pharmacy once you arrive.


  1. A suit or tie


You won’t need a suit or tie unless you’re planning on going to a formal event or job interview. In most countries, the weather is hot and humid year-round. The last thing you want to wear is a heavy suit in this kind of weather. Unless you really need one, leave it at home.


  1. Dry Shampoo


You don’t need to pack shampoo and conditioner bottles when you travel to Asia, as nearly every hotel provides these amenities. Even the local markets sell shampoo and conditioner in small individual packages. It is important to know that most shampoos in Asia are not conditioning shampoos, so be sure to take advantage of the free conditioner provided by your hotel.


  1. Razors


Asia is home to the best razors on the market – disposable ones with three blades! You can find these razors in any drugstore, grocery store or local market for 25 cents each. The only downside is that they do not come with shaving cream!


The most important thing to remember when traveling to Asia is this: you don't need as much stuff as you'd think. The items listed above will more than cover you for a short trip to any Asian city, especially when coupled with the ultra-mini made-for-travel products being developed by designers to reduce the amount of stuff that travelers need to deal with. And really, who doesn't want a few extra hours per day to do the things they actually came here for?


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