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Backpacking Advice: 10 Must-Take Items for Your Backpack


Backpacking is becoming an increasingly popular way to see the world and it’s easy to see why. Just you, your pack, travel insurance and the open road, no need for a suitcase or any real plans.  Freewheeling wherever your will takes you is certainly a great way to travel.

One of the most important things to remember before setting off on any backpacking adventure is to be as well prepared as possible before you leave. If you are planning to visit some of the more remote corners of the globe, then it is certainly worth making sure you have packed as many of the essentials that you might need in your backpack, which you may not be able to buy when you arrive.

Here is a list of ten items that you should at the very least pack for your adventure:

  1. T-shirts – The staple of any backpacker’s wardrobe is the t-shirt, easy to pack and easy to wash, you probably want to take no more than three. Try and find t-shirts that are quick drying so if necessary you can easily dry them overnight.
  2. Fleece – You may well be heading to a tropical paradise, but that does not necessarily mean that you won’t be getting cold. A lightweight fleece is a great option as it can be packed tightly so it doesn’t take up too much valuable pack space – but can also be layered with other items of clothing to keep you warm when the sun goes down.
  3. Waterproof – A lightweight waterproof jacket it the perfect accompaniment to the fleece, as combined they take on the characteristics of much larger jacket, but can be packed small and takes up little backpack space.
  4. Walking Boots – One characteristic of most people’s backpacking experience is that you can expect to spend a lot of your time walking, so having a comfortable and sturdy pair of boots will be invaluable in keeping your feet protected and comfy (Look for a Timberland Coupon Code and save money on your next pair of boots).
  5. Sandals – If you have planned your trip properly, then much of the time will hopefully be spent on beaches, so having a good quality pair of sandals before you leave is an essential as you will be spending a lot of time in them.
  6. Sleeping Bag – Make sure to pick yourself up one of the new style of modern sleeping bags that can be packed down to an almost unbelievably small size, which makes them easy to carry. A sleeping bag is a must even if you are intending on only staying in hostels, as unfortunately the bedding can often be unhygienic, or you may sometimes be charged extra for it.
  7. Penknife – A Swiss army knife is one of the pieces of equipment that is so easy to forget to pack, but can be so badly missed if you do. From the corkscrew to the magnifying glass you can be sure that situations will arise on your trip where the penknife almost all the attachments will come in handy. Although be sure to take this out of your hand luggage if you are flying.
  8. First Aid Kit – Self explanatory really, it always pays to be prepared for the worst and having a simple first aid kit which doesn’t take up too much space is certainly worth packing.
  9. Money Belt – Keeping your money safe whilst travelling alone is another important thing to remember and a money belt can help you do this by keeping your money hidden from view. Ideally you should take any money with you in traveller’s cheques or on a credit card, and perhaps getting relatives to send you any more money by international money transfer when necessary – so that you can claim back any money if it is stolen.
  10. Camera – Lastly it is always nice to record your travels in some way, so that you can bore you friends and relatives on your return.



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