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Southeast Asia

Bali - 12 Days
Philippines East - 10 Days
Philippines - 10 Days
Philippines - 14 Days
Vietnam - 12 Days
Vietnam - 15 Days

South Asia & Africa

Morocco - 11 Days
India - 14 Days
Sri Lanka - 12 Days
Add-on: Maldives

East Asia

South Korea - 10 Days
South Korea - 13 Days
Japan Essentials - 9 Days
Japan - 10 Days
Japan - 14 Days
Japan Winter - 11 Days


Bali, Indonesia
Sri Lanka
South Korea

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The Ultimate Packing Guide

Jan 4, 2024 | Popular Reads, Travel Tips

Yay! You’ve finally booked your One Life Adventures tour. We can’t wait to welcome you to the OLA family. We know that packing for an adventure can be overwhelming (especially if it’s your first time), but we’ve got you covered. You will be moving around a lot on your tour, so here are our top packing tips to help you travel with ease.

Passports and Identification

The most crucial thing to bring is your passport. You’ll need this when you fly and check into your accommodations. We recommend carrying a photocopy with you at all times.

Top Tip: Check your passport well before your travel; most countries require at least a 6-month expiration date.

You should also bring the following items:

  • Bank cards (we recommend bringing at least two)
  • Your international flight information
  • Information on travel insurance
  • Contact details in case of an emergency
  • If applicable, a printed form of your visa

Top Tip: Bring a dual currency or travel card like Revolut, Wise or Chase. You’ll get much better exchange rates.

travel documents including passport for tour holiday

Travel Essentials

We always love to ask our tour guides and guests about their top travel necessities. Here are our recommendations from our experienced travellers:


  • Electricals – Travel Adaptor, charging cables, portable charger, camera, earphones etc.
  • Earplugs and eye masks
  • Cash (ideally in your destination country; however, most money exchange shops accept Sterling, Euros, and AU or US Dollars)
  • Waterproof phone pouch
  • Micro-fibre towel
  • Padlock
Silver iPhone with headphones


As you’ll be changing accommodations and destinations, travelling with a backpack is a lot easier, but don’t overfill your bag. If you want to bring keepsakes home, be sure you have enough room left over. For example, some of our guests on our Vietnam tour go to the tailors in Hoi An to buy custom-made items for themselves.

We also recommend using packing cubes when packing your bag. This will save you room and make it much easier to find your belongings while on the go.

Traveller looking out at Asia view wearing holiday backpack


The weather should be your first thought when choosing what clothes to bring on your trip. In Asia, the weather varies at different times of the year, from country to country. Our second piece of advice is to double-check your itinerary. Several of our tours include early morning walks where it can be a little chilly. On our Bali tour, for example, you will trek up Mount Batur to view the sunrise, whilst on our Sri Lanka tour, you will hike up Little Adam’s Peak at dawn to see the world-famous Nine Arch Bridge. Always check what activities you’ll be doing before your trip; if you have any questions, you can always reach out to our team.

Here are some clothes we recommend you bring:

  • T-shirts/ Tops
  • Shorts, pants, skirts, or dresses
  • Something for the evenings if you want to get dressed up
  • Lots of underwear and socks
  • Swimwear
  • A jacket—even if you’re travelling to a hot country, the weather can be unpredictable.
  • Hat
  • If you’re going to a temple or sacred location, bring something to cover your shoulders and legs (a sarong works well and is lightweight).
  • Flip-flops or thongs
  • Jumper(s) (depending on the country)
  • Shoes for hiking
  • Torch/ head torch

You’ll be able to do your laundry while you are on your tour. Your tour guide will recommend the best day and location for it.

For those on the Japan tour there winter falls between December to March. Be sure to take extra warm clothes, sometimes it even snows.


It can be quite difficult to find the toiletries that you use at home in another country. It can also be significantly more expensive at times. We recommend that you have enough of the items on the list below to last the duration of your trip.

  • Medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Sanitary items (tampons are extremely difficult to find in Asia)
  • Shower gel or soap
  • Hair care products
  • Deodorant (roll-on is best)
  • Makeup
  • Contacts/ glasses
  • Reusable water bottle
 small toiletries bag packed

We hope that our packing tips will lighten some of the stresses of packing. Remember to pack light and wisely. We can’t wait to be a part of your once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Happy travels!

Feeling inspired about your next adventure? Check out our full tour options list here.