My travel bucket list is quite long. There are so many places I haven’t yet visited but every year (or three) my plan is to check off one of the many destinations I have on that list. No matter where I go I make it a rule to take only one carryon even to far away destinations like Cambodia.
Planning is part of the fun. The where to go and what to see is primary. However, once I have that down I take some time to attend to the important task of what to take with me. Before I start the process of packing I need to consider the following; What is the weather in November and where will I be going?
Unlike here at home in San Francisco the temperatures in Cambodia are forecast to be between 80 and 90 degrees day and night. It is the end of the rainy season where we are going and the beginning of the dry season so no need to pack rain gear. Packing in one carryon for twelve days in Asia will be a breeze since I will be wearing mostly lightweight clothing. Our first stop is Hong Kong and then it is on to Siem Reap in Cambodia.
The key to minimalist packing is editing. Here are my rules for packing.
~Think color story. Every bottom and every top should go together.
~Light-colored clothing should be hand washable.
~Pack the most comfortable walking shoes you own.
~Always pack a travel shawl.
~Less is more.
The wonderful thing about traveling to destinations like Cambodia is that your style is never complicated. Easy-to-wear clothing in breathable fabrics is the best choice. But keep in mind there are some strict dress codes enforced at religious sites—shoulders and knees must be covered! There are other frowned upon behaviors beside immodest dressing. Taking selfies with monks, giving money to begging children and climbing ruins are other ways you will be shown the metaphoric door. It’s always a good idea to do a little research before you depart on your trip.