We travelled around Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia for 9 months. We didn’t work on the way, we just enjoyed the freedom of backpacking. One couple, one budget and two backpacks. Here we give you some general advice about backpacking.
Of course we also bought new clothes on the way, many souvenirs and some extra gear like camping equipment in New Zealand. And we also sent stuff home and sold equipment to other backpackers. But in general this is a good list with all the basics you need.
This is how you can get cheap guide books in Asia (those lonely planets are copies, so you can buy them for very low prices). It also happens that backpackers give away their guide books, that’s how we got five books on the way. We didn’t buy a single Lonely Planet before we left home.
Depending on the countries you plan to visit, you need different kinds of vaccination. So some vaccinations (like e.g. hepatitis A and B) you probably need to check all the time you leave for a bigger journey. So see a doctor to double check which vaccinations are missing and if you need booster shots.