Bag Packing Tips for Thailand: With Hazel Keeley.

Rejecting the hullabaloo and excess of the Western world for a month of freedom in the East means you can throw a few vests in a bag and everything’s hunky-dory. Passport. Check. Wallet. Check. Vests. Check. Undies. Check.

However, prioritising the pure necessities for a rough and ready back-packing trip when you have a limited number of litres in your rucksack can present it’s own dilemmas. Here, our guest back-packing legend and seasoned traveler, Hazel Keeley gives her tips on keeping packing to a minimum.

Hair Straightening Tongues
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Hazel says
“Whilst back-packing in Thailand, everyone will accept that it’s imperative to iron your hair with ceramic straightening tongues whenever the opportunity arises. But I do not recommend just any ceramic straightening tongues. I recommend ceramic straightening tongues that are both borrowed and too small. This will ensure that they are not only immediately useless but also impossible to leave behind.”

An Empty Bottle
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Hazel says,
“I wholly recommend carrying around an empty plastic spray bottle.   When a larger bottle becomes half empty, the smaller bottle that has been carried around for the first part two weeks of the trip can then be used to decant into from the larger bottle. Voila! Space-saving at its pinnacle.”

A Selection of Silk Scarves That You Never Wear
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Hazel says,
“When you go away, pack at least half a dozen silk scarves that you never wear at home. For some reason you will suddenly decide that you like them and you’re bound to suddenly have a use for them when you’re in a foreign place.”

Expensive Camera Instead Of Your Iphone
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Hazel says,
“This is more of a money-saving tip than a space-saving tip. Take a separate camera that’s more expensive and bigger than your Iphone so that you can take pictures with the camera instead of the Iphone. That way, there’s surely less risk that you have the expense of losing your Iphone.”

Space-Saving on Sun Creams
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Hazel Says,
“To save space, take a 24 hour sun cream that you only need to apply once and is water proof. But also take a separate sun cream that requires topping up intermittently. And a separate one for face only.”

Lavender Pillow Mist
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Hazel says,
“If you don’t take the pillow mist you might as well stay at home.”

A Bag Of Forgettable Cosmetics
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Hazel says,
“I personally won’t leave for the airport until I’m sure I have a reasonably sized, dense and weighty bag of cosmetics that I can soon lose and completely forget what was in it anyway. If I do lose it along the way, it’s ok! It gives me something to worry about even though I don’t know what’s in it.”

A Range of Hair De-Frizz Products
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Hazel says,
“Philip Kingsley brand, ‘Swimcap’ is a protective cream that guards against chlorinated and sea-salt water plus sunscreen to protect and extend the life of colour treated hair. Also, ‘Living Proof’ humidity shield, ‘Finishion’ hairspray, ‘Fixative De Finition’ 188g. Ant-frizz shampoo, anti-frizz conditioner, pre-shampoo and hair serum have all got to travel.”

A Wet Bag
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Hazel Says,
“In case we have to swim across a river.”


Dear Hazel, 

Thank you so much for all the lovely memories.  We had a fabulous time while you were with us and we were so happy to share our time with you.

Thanks for all your joy, excitement, warmth and fun…and thanks for being a good sport.

Road Dogs Forever (RDF)


Love from Bassett and Snoop

This post has been sponsored by Vivenenen Lestwood.

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