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Monday, 26 June 2017

Planning on Backpacking? What To Pack


So you've booked your flight, planned your destinations and done some research on the places... now what do you pack? Here is a list of some essentials:

1. Light, airy clothes. The lighter the clothes, the better. Remember you are going to be carrying everything on your back in a bag, so you want light clothes that won't take up too much space or weight. Items like cotton shorts and vest tops, airy t-shirts, baggy hareems, dresses and shirts are perfect. Don't go overboard with clothes - even though you may be going for a long time, you can wash your clothes while travelling. Ditch heavy denim items, big jumpers, coats and don't get caught up with small pointless items like handbags, beach bags etc. A simple bumbag will do.

2. Basic toiletries. It's a good idea to take some toiletries with you as if you are travelling on a budget buying items such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant etc can add up. Take a trip to the supermarket before your travels and stock up on a bottle of shampoo, some body wash (or soap), toothpaste, deodorant, suncream and a razor (for shaving). This should be enough. Girls - it's a good idea to pop some tampons or pads in your bag too as in some places they can be more expensive to pick up.

3. Mosquito spray. I would say it is definitely worth buying mosquito spray before you travel. You can get it cheaply in supermarkets or pharmacies and, again, in some places it can be expensive to buy while travelling.

4. Basic first aid. Stock up on some plasters, a roll of bandage, painkillers, antiseptic, mini scissors, hydration sachets and, to be extra safe, some diarrhoea and constipation tablets (trust me, you will probably need them at some point). Little cuts, blisters, wounds and injures do occur while travelling so make sure you are prepared!

5. A trusty bumbag. You want to get a bag that will stay close to you and be physically attached to you at all times, especially if you are carrying around your money/passport/card etc. Take a bumbag and keep it on you at all times. This is where you can put your money, the key to your room/hostel, bus tickets, train tickets and passes. Bags that go over your shoulder are easy for people to grab or steal, so it is definitely better to go for a bumbag.

6. Documents. Make sure your bring copies of your flight details and travel insurance details just in case. It is always safer to have them with you in case anything happens.

7. Flip flops. Packing a pair of flip flops is pretty much essential - they take up hardly any room and they are perfect for everyday leisure. Make sure you take a proper pair of shoes too in case you do any treks, hikes or long walks. If you have enough room it is also worth packing a pair of sandals too but they are not so essential.

8. A lightweight raincoat (depending on the time of year/season). It is always worth stuffing a light raincoat in your bag for storms, monsoons and just generally rainy days. They take up absolutely no room and you'll be thankful you brought it (it can really rain in some places).

9. Swimwear. Don't forget to pack some swimwear for (sorry to point out the obvious) swimming, kayaking, visiting waterfalls, pools etc. If you have room then it may also be worth packing a light towel, although most hostels and hotels do provide towels.

29 comments:

  1. You've definitely covered the most important things although I have never actually raved back-packing!

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  2. I've never been backpacking I've only ever done shorter holidays but all of the above are essentials regardless of the type of holiday you're going on x

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  3. I have been backpacking all my life and I know the importance of a first aid kit and of a good repellent. When you visit rural destinations in Asia the last thing you want it to be bitten by a malaria infected mosquito.

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  4. Backpacking is definitely not on my list to do, I'm rubbish at packing light, but this is such a great comprehensive list! xxx

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  5. All must haves for backpacking. This should be on everyone's list. And don't forget to pick a good backpack.

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  6. Totally agree with these, especially the raincoat. There is nothing worse than trying to explore when you are soaked through!

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  7. I've found that what you put out to pack, is always more than you need, so just go through it again and take out a little more. Copying your documents is a really good thing to do, you can never be sure what will happen on your travels and losing your documents is horrible at the best of times.

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  8. Once upon a time I would have loved the idea of backpacking, these days I wouldn't manage it sadly, but these sound like great tips for those heading off on an adventure.

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  9. I've never been one for backpacking I like my home comforts too much but i know form doing DoE at school you always pack too much. Less is more and these are some good tips. I'd say sunscreen with insect repellent, might be worth the investment as it kills two (insects) with one stone x

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  10. Oh to have a chance to go backpacking! I never fancied it when I was younger! One day :-)

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  11. Great tips, Light airy clothes is a good one...saves on space and also basic medical bits and bobs too :) x

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  12. Fantastic list! Not sure I could ever backpack, I always overpack!

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  13. I've always wanted backpack for a summer, hoping next year I'll get the chance! x

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  14. I have never been backpacking, but this is a great guide for first time backpacking.

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  15. I hope that your experience will help us to to move with only necessary luggage to help us in traveling.

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  16. Such a great tips for packing and perfect for me we have upcoming flight and I will keep this in my mind.

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  17. This is a great checklist for any kind of trip, especially all of the first aid essentials!

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  18. I have never been back packing before but what a fabulous list for those planning for future trips. I'm sure it's so much fun but it's great to have a few essentials and home comforts with you, small of course lol x

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  19. I agree that lightweight clothing and swimwear is best when packing. After all, you don't want the backpack to get too heavy x

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  20. I would also say anti diarrhea tables and a collapsible water bottle.

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  21. I've never been backpacking, but my brother in law is going soon. He has been before, but it's always great to have a reminder so I'll forward this to him. x

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  22. I've ever been back packing but this tips also work well for camping. You definitely need a first aid kit for sure x

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  23. I'd love to go backpacking, feel the freedom of travelling but I can't afford to. If I ever get the chance though this has been a great post for preparing backpackers

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  24. Funny thing, this is normally my packing list for my weekend getaways but to be fair I do trot around places so it's mini-back packing.

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  25. A lightweight raincoat is so important, even if its just a windshield. My mummy wants be to go backpacking as she never had the opportunity x

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  26. I have never been backpacking before but this is a very helpful list! A lightweight coat is so important

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  27. Some fantastic tips here. I have to say the two that I find most important and have done myself is the first aid kit and the copies of your documents! Both are absolutely vital and can save you a lot of hassle and pain!

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  28. Think you've ticked off everything here! I cannot emphasise enough about the flipflops - especially when you're camping and using a manky communal shower block, who wants verucas and to walk on muddy floors?! x

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