In 5 days time I will boarding a plane from Birmingham, England to Bangkok, Thailand. It will be the beginning of a new adventure.
I am spending 90 days in South East Asia to carry out fieldwork for my Masters degree. For the most part, I will be in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, in Northern Laos. Sandwiched between the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River, it is a place of wonderful tranquility. I am really looking forward to going back but equally I am nervous about doing fieldwork for the first time on my own. Eeeek!
So, with only a matter of days to go the preparations are in full swing. In fact, the preparations began weeks ago with me drawing up an 3 page checklist of what to pack. Since then I have made daily lists (I love lists) on my trusty post-it notes to get things done. Book tickets, check. Buy insurance, check. Pick up anti-malarial tablets, check…..you get the idea. I like lists and it’s an ongoing process.
Now I am in the final stages and I am beginning to get a little nervous. What if I have too many clothes? What if I don’t have enough? What if I forget something? What if it all goes horribly wrong?!!!
I need these lists. They are keeping me sane, keeping me going and preventing the irrational fears from seeping in. Still, if you can have any recommendations of must-haves to pack for travelling to South East Asia in the Wet season, please let me know.