There are travel accessories which are essential and if you're going to Asia, one of the most important things is a money belt. There are two types - one worn around the neck, the other around the waist. I prefer the waist one as it's out of sight and more comfortable especially in a hot, humid climate.
Be carfeul of the one you buy - some only have one zip, others have two. One shop had three moneybelts - all in varying prices. The cheapest one was cheap and nasty - one zip, no compartments and no clip to tie the belt. Ditto the second one. The third wasn't much better. Mine was purchased from Kathmandu as they carry good quality ones.
These are the items I needed, the money belt comes in two colours - I bought the light tan. Depending on which country you are travelling to, chances are you will need an adaptor as not all countries use the same electrical plugs. The one above is Europe - fortunately both Cambodia and Malaysia use the same. Keyless padlocks are preferable, keys can get lost or stolen.
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The flight to KL is 8 hours, I'm a little concerned about swollen ankles. The longest flight I've taken till now has been 4 hours and I find when I'm sitting for long periods my ankles do swell and become quite puffy. Although I do rotate my feet and do exercises on planes, still 8 hours is a long time. Doc suggested flight socks, which I had been debating about when I was at Kathmandu. The Magic Cool Wrap also interested me - you dip the wrap in water and place it around your head - sort of like a Karate Kid headband. Salesman said they stay cool for a couple of hours. They come in a pack of two and the second one could go around the neck - this might be a good way of combating the humidity - especially useful if you're from a country with a totally different climate and unused to tropical conditions. Or even if there is no humidity, travelling in a country which is much hotter than what you're used to.
Keeping toiletries together avoids the hassle of things rattling around in your suitcase. I would prepare for a trip, but sometimes found I would get the shampoo, conditioner and hand cream bottles mixed up. . When I went to Darwin in 2006, I realised I was washing my hair with hand cream and massaging shampoo into my hands.
Not very good for the hair. Or the hands either.
Determined not to make the same mistake again, I washed the remains out, let them drain, then refilled them. And this time there's no getting mixed up - the orange one holds conditioner (there's an 'o' in orange and an 'o' in conditioner, the pink one- there's a 'p' in pink and in shampoo. The white one is for hand cream, because hand cream is usully white. Below is the toiletries bag I have plus the travel brush.
The bag is good for the fact you can hang it up whilst in the shower and the inner section also comes out.
These type of hairbrushes are very good when you're travelling (they're also good to have at home too), they can be used on wet hair and the whole thing folds down to a more compact size. The mirror comes in handy as well.