Packing Your Daypack for Asia

For most of your travels, you practically live out of your main backpack. The same rule applies during the day when you’re venturing around. I try to pack all items I need to survive day and night. I rather have everything in my day pack than to go back to my hostel and grab my silly sweater.

Your Pack

The day pack you decide to bring depends on the type of traveler you are. If you’re a photographer you may want a sturdier 30L pack to carry equipment. If you’re a thrill-seeker you may want a pack that supplies life support.
I’m a little bit of both. The pack I bought is called Travel Light DayPack. I bought it from MEC. I love it because it is super compressible. you can easily fold the pack into its own pocket and pack it in your main backpack when not using it. The material has a water-resistant silicone coating, very similar to MEC’s packing cubes. The volume is 15 L, but MEC also sells a 25 L version. It also has two side bottle for carrying water bottle. The size throws you off at first, but because the material is so thin you can remarkably fit a lot.


  • Sarong – can use as a blanket, wrap, or scarf
  • Cardigan for breezy scooter rides on and late night strolls
  •  1 hat with a visor to protect you from the sun



  • ID or passport – Scooter rental places will either keep it for the day or take a picture.
  • Credit cards
  • Small amount of cash


  • Band aids
  • Bug spray
  • Sun screen
  • Chap stick
  • Travel-sized Ibuprofen– pack of 10 tablets
  • A few Pepto bismal tablets for when you go out and eat

Bring a small zippered pouch to pack all the small things in.


  •  Water bottle
  • Chewing gum
  • A pack of tissues – for public bathrooms
  • A small bottle of hand sanitizer
  • 1 deck of playing cards
  • Sunglasses
  • Headphones and earplugs


To prevent your backpack from theft, follow these simple tips:

  • Use a mini padlock to lock the zippers
  • Use a rain cover to cover you pack
  • Do not put anything of value in the front pocket
  • Keep passports, money, and cards in a money belt
  • Carry a fanny pack
  • leave the hand bag at home

Personally, I didn’t experience any kind of theft. My backpack is quite small and well kept together. I put all valuables in the inside pocket of my backpack and position my clothing to sit on top, so valuables are not accessible. Its important to make an effort to pack everything in a practical way.


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