When going on a backpacking holiday, there are a number of items that should be essential for a trip. These items can range from practical navigation tools such as a GPS through to travel insurance, first aid kits, the right kind of shoes, and a smartphone or tablet for keeping in touch with people and recording your trip. In any case, you should always plan extensively before a backpacking trip, while looking for the best offers on accommodation and budgeting options during the course of a journey. With this in mind, some essential items for a backpacking adventure include:
This can be built into your phone, or can be included as part of a separate device. A GPS device can be an excellent tool to have if you get lost, and can also be used for tracking if you want to let people at home know where you are.
It’s always worth the time to get comprehensive travel insurance before a backpacking trip. Particularly look out for specialist forms of cover that include multi year and multi trip insurance, as well as any student deals. Insurers also provide travel insurance that covers adventure sports and more dangerous locations.
A First Aid Kit
A small kit that contains bandages, antiseptic, blister pads and tablets for malaria and other conditions can be invaluable during long trips, and particularly when travelling in remote areas.
A Good Bag
You want a bag that’s not too large to become a problem when moving between different locations, but has enough space to include all of your essentials. Remember, you can always add things during a trip, or rent items in different places.
A solid pair of walking boots are essential if you’re going to be doing a lot of walking. Running shoes can also work well if you’re travelling in a hot country where walking boots might be too heavy. If you’re buying leather shoes, it’s worth breaking them in a few weeks before a trip, as otherwise you could face a week of blisters.
While you may be eating out most of the time during a trip, it’s important to have a small set of cutlery, as well as tinned food, a stainless steel bowl and a Swiss army knife with a bottle opener and a tin opener. Having your own cutlery can also reduce the risk of getting food poisoning.
A Sleeping Bag Liner
You won’t always need to have a full sleeping bag, unless you plan on camping during a trip. A sleeping bag liner can instead be used along with hostel bedding for extra hygiene, and can be used to wrap up in if you get caught in the rain.
A Wash Kit
Similar to a first aid kit, a wash kit can contain basic supplies like shampoo, a razor, and conditioner. Again, take the minimum, but don’t assume that you’ll always be able to pick up things at short notice.
An essential if you’re going to be spending days on the road or on public transport, hand sanitiser can be used regularly to clean your hands, and is particularly useful if you’re eating with your hands.
While representing a bit of a risk in terms of theft or damage, having a hard wearing smartphone or tablet with a case, and one that can be carried securely, means that you can check emails and take photographs on a trip.
Rob James is a well seasoned traveller, and has visited many places around the globe. He loves staying in holiday cottages in Devon. Rob can be found blogging about travel advice and the different locations he’s visited.