Ready, Set, Go!

Our Adventure

Tomorrow morning, Mike and I are off to the airport to start the adventure we’ve been planning for months.  Starting in Bangkok, Thailand and ending in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, we’ll be backpacking our way through Southeast Asia, with a focus on Cambodia.

The disastrous floods in the region earlier this year gave us a scare, but luckily conditions seem to have improved and our trip is going on as planned.

We’ll be experiencing a variety of everything the region has to offer, ranging from bustling cities to remote islands, and from 5-star hotels to accommodations offering only cold-water showers.  I’m also making it my mission to visit as many markets as possible and to seek out the most authentic vegetarian foods.


To fully absorb the experience, we are bringing almost no technology with us (no cell phones or laptop – only a sole Kindle Touch between the two of us), and I’ll be limiting my time in internet cafes.  I’ll be sure to share all of the details from the trip when we return in January, but for those who’d like to follow along on our adventure, I’ll be periodically posting photos and updates on my facebook page.

Thank you to my awesome Guest Bloggers!

Even though I’ll be out of the country, I have some truly fantastic posts to share with you while I’m gone, thanks to the lovely ladies listed below:

Be sure to check back regularly for their wonderful recipes, product reviews, and even a book review.  

What’s in my Backpack?

But before I leave you in their expert hands, I thought it would be fun to show what I packed for the trip.  As a novice backpacker, it was certainly challenging to plan out what to bring, while making sure to leave enough space in the bag for souvenirs!

Somehow, all of the items on the futon fit into my backpack and mini-backpack.  However, Mike convinced me to remove a few items more for a lighter load.

I removed 1 pair of capris, a few shirts, and a bathing suit, leaving me with only the following clothes for our three weeks of travel:

  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 pair of capri pants
  • 2 pairs of long pants
  • 1 skirt
  • 8 shirts
  • 1 light sweater
  • pajamas
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • and undergarments of course

Thankfully, it’s inexpensive to get laundry service in these regions!

I’m bringing just 3 pairs of shoes with me: Teva walking sandals, water-proof Keen trekking shoes, and a pair of light-weight sandals.  

I also made sure to bring plenty of protein bars (I added extra to my bag after the picture was taken), and I picked up every single medicine my Doctor recommended (Tums, Pepto, Immodium, Tylenol, Dramamine, Band-aids, a First-Aid Kit, etc). 

I had also heard it’s a good idea to get a strong antibiotic from your doctor for trips like this, just in case you might need it.  But my doctor, a frequent traveler herself, instead encouraged me to try Align‘s probiotic which she swears by.  I know all about the health benefits of probiotics, but the ultimate test will be to see if these can prevent me from getting a stomach bug in a 3rd world country!

In addition to these daily pills, I also bought my old-lady pill case chock full of my daily DHA omegas, Vitamin B, and Vitamin D pills.

Last, but definitely not least, I packed my brand new camera which just arrived this week, along with a new 32GB memory card.  I’m literally planning to take thousands of photos!

Now I’m all packed up and ready to go, on the most adventurous trip I’ve ever taken!

I can’t wait to tell you all about our trip when we return, and I wish you all a happy and safe Holiday Season!

I’d love to hear from you!

Can you think of anything I forgot to pack?

What are your travel necessities?