Updated: Oct 15, 2020
We compiled a list after months of traveling through Southeast Asia. Some items we were glad we brought, other items we wished we had, and some we even found and purchased abroad. The items on this list we highly recommend you purchase them before traveling! Merchandise is definitely cheaper in the United States, especially electronics! Not to mention the quality of the items purchased in southeast Asia can be very questionable!
1. Travel power adapter (all in 1)
This is a mandatory must buy! The voltages will vary around southeast Asia, and you never know when you will need an adapter. We often used the U.K. and EU adapters and it worked, it just depends on the country. In Vietnam it was a toss up, some places had the U.S. socket type and other places didn't. We used this adapter everywhere and our electronics were always ready to go.
United States - 120 volts
Andaman and Nicobar islands - 220 volts
Brunei - 240 volts. Electric appliances in Brunei can be used if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 - 240 volts (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa.)
Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore - 230 volts. Electric appliances in Myanmar can be used if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 - 240 volts (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa.)
Philippines - 220 volts socket type A, B, C
Thailand - standard 220 volts. Electric appliances in Thailand can be used if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 - 240 volts (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa.)
Timor-lest - 220 volts sockets types are C, E, F and I. You will also need a voltage converter.
Vietnam - 110/220 volts Socket type A, C, and D
Universal Travel Adapter, Iron-M All-in-one International Power Adapter with 2.4A Dual USB, European Adapter Travel Power Adapter Wall Charger for UK, EU, AU, Asia Covers 150+Countries
2. Power bank/Charge Packs
Having a power bank saved us so many times! Using google maps and looking up translations can eat up a lot of your mobile device's battery. It especially came in handy when the transportation we were using didn't have outlets, for instance, our overnight bus trips.
We were also able to attach our action camera directly to the power pack, while in use, which came in handy.
Anker 20100mAh Portable Charger PowerCore 20100 - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with 4.8A Output, PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad & Samsung Galaxy & More
3. Light weight laptop- ASUS Zenbook UX330A
The perfect laptop for the traveling digital nomad!
As traveling bloggers/vloggers, we opted to bring a computer with us. So, we invested in a lightweight, yet powerful computer. Weighing in at 1.2kg/2.4lbs and 13.5mm/0.53in, this quite beast can create videos and edit photos with little hassle with its i5 7th generation core processor. It is a sexy machine.