Backpack Blues – Middle East Edition

Except when travelling to Manila, I prefer to travel light.

(Bahrain – Manila economy flights normally have 20-30 kg checked luggage allowance. So far, all the amazing airlines I’ve flown allowed extra kgs @ FOC (really appreciated, thank u!) which equates to at least 2 nos. of  humongous  suitcases + 2 nos. almost oversized carry ons + duty free alcohol and other purchases. I remember I even brought a 32″ LCD TV home in 2010, OFWng OFW ang peg mga frenships, hehehe.)

Below photo taken during the Power Rangers’ vacation in June 2011.

Lilo the meow meow: No, no, no! Please don’t go! Don’t leave me here! waaaaa….

Travelling light means just me and my backpack. No checked luggage = no waiting in the carousel = speedy exit at the airport. 🙂

How bout you? What’s in your backpack? : )

The Backpack – Middle East Edition

The Middle East climate generally has long, very hot and humid  summers and short, moderate winters. Rain is equivalent to a one minute drizzle and that’s it. Bad weather (i.e. dust storm / sandstorm) consists of dust + strong winds + Clarinase (hatchoo!).

Keeping this in mind, a light backpack is essential. Unless you want to work up a bucket of sweat and collapse. 🙂

What’s inside?

1. Travel essentials – passport + e-tkts + copies +  wallet + cash + cards + phone + camera + charger

2. Clothes – 3 tops, 2 linen trousers, 2 shorts, undies, in Ziplocs

3. Plus: Cap, sunnies, sunscreen, swimwear, mini towel

4. Footwear – Sneakers, flip flops (Read: Comfort.)

5. Mini meds kit – alcohol, bandaid, Clarinase, Decolgen, Paracetamol, Loperamide

6. For tummy growl emergencies – Oreos, Dingdong mix, Cup noodles, 3-in-1 coffee sticks

7. Refillable water carrier – so you don’t have to buy & throw everytime

8. Lighter / box of matches (I don’t smoke, but always have either)

9. Miniature Toiletries – tooth brush, tooth paste, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion

10. Small sling bag for the essentials, when you’re out and about and don’t wanna bring along the backpack. 🙂

If you won’t be staying in a friend / relative’s place, there’s a lot of affordable hotel accommodations within each city center which basically offer bed and breakfast. Requests for extras: electric kettle, cutlery, dinnerware, hair dryer, replenish toiletries are FOC.

So for that weekend in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, or a whole week’s stay in Doha and Muscat for the coming Eid holidays, that’s what’s all that i’m stuffing my ol’ buddy.

Therefore, Yalla! 🙂

NB: However, for the MNL-SG-KL-HKG-Shenzen-MFM backpacking trip in December, I think I would have to add some more, and need to research on that. Then I’d call it the SEA+China Edition. Will update later 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Backpack Blues – Middle East Edition

  1. exactly the same for me! well, almost. that’s weird! cool weird. lol 🙂

  2. thanks happy sole! good to know! and it’s amazing all these stuff just weigh around 5kg. not bad for our backs during walks, 🙂

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