Packing for your next trip can be a daunting task. You will have to figure out what to leave behind to strike a balance between carrying just the essential items and not over-packing. In this post, we share with you the ultimate backpacking checklist so you just have essential items for your next backpacking trip.
Have you ever sat down to write a list of what you will need for your next backpacking trip and ended up with more than a page of items you feel are all important and can’t leave any out? Read on to compare and see what to carry and what to leave out.
Backpacking Essentials: Backpack Vs Suitcase
When considering where to pack your items. You have the option of a suitcase and a backpack. As a backpacker, it is obvious that you will want to settle on buying a backpack because it is easier to travel with. It leaves your hands free to do other activities such as taking photos and sampling items when sight-seeing.
You definitely cannot leave your backpack out of the checklist as this is where you will put all your belongings. Get a backpack that is synched to your height. One where you will be comfortable carry around. While shopping for one get a backpack that has enough pockets, and padding since you will be walking around a lot and you need to be comfortable.
Backpacking Essentials: Day Backpack
Carry an easy to pack day backpack where you can pack essential things for your day itinerary activities. Items such as your camera, headphones, snacks, hats, your travel documents, credit cards, and wallet can be packed in here.
Packing List: Clothes
There are several things to consider when planning to pack clothes for your next travel trip. The country you are going to, season and personal preference. There are certain clothing items that you cannot leave out of your packing list and these include items such as t-shirts, underwear, and jackets.
When it comes to personal preference, so many factors come into play, for instance, if you like wearing t-shirts, consider packing long-sleeved, short-sleeved and sleeveless ones. This will give you a variety and besides, they are easy to clean. The season of travel also determines the type of clothes you will carry. If you are planning to travel during summer, for ladies you may consider having sundresses on your packing list. For both guys and ladies, shorts do come in handy when travelling during summertime.
However, if its wintertime then you must have one or two sweaters and winter jackets cannot be left out of your packing list
Consider packing enough cotton material undergarments. You do not want to be short of these items. Pack enough socks too depending on the type of backpacking trip. For instance, if you are planning to go on hiking adventures then pack thick socks and that is absorbent. Also, if you are planning to go running pack some socks for this activity too. For you ladies pack some sports bras in addition to your normal bras, they come in handy if you plan on hiking, running or planning to do some Yoga exercises during your trip.
Have a couple of pants from khaki, jeggings, to hiking pants. This is dependent again on when you plan and why you are traveling. If you are travelling during winter, then jeggings and hiking pants will be a must-have on your packing list. While if you are travelling during summer or hot seasons then lose pants and khaki material pants will be the ideal pants to have on your backpacking list.
Packing List: Shoes
Shoes are a must-have on your checklist. Pack at least two pairs in addition to the pair that you will have on. Pack a pair of flip flops as these are perfect for your beach holiday and provide lots of comforts if you are traveling during the summer months.
If you are wearing hiking boots then consider also packing a pair of trainers. All these are multi-purpose and you can use them for various functions.
For instance, you can use your hiking boots for rock climbing or trekking while at the same time use them to travel to your destination. You can also travel with your trainers and at the same time use them for workouts when you travel. Your flip flops too can be used to travel and at the same time used at the beach or by the poolside. Consider having shoes that are multi-purpose.
Backpacking Essentials: Universal Adapter
One of the most essential items to have on your travel list is a universal adapter. Different countries have different sockets and it’s important to have an adapter that makes it easy to charge your gadgets at your destination. The latest adapters have an additional USB port that allows you to charge more than one gadget at a time.
Packing List: Towel
Buy a towel that is different from the ones that you normally use at home. Check that the towel is made of microfiber. These towels are made of microfiber material and they are light and easy to wash since they dry very fast.
Packing List: Toiletries
Having your toiletries packed in one universal bag will make it easy for you to locate your items. It will also make it easy to know what you have left out of your packing list. These bags are convenient to pack items in your main bag. They also make it easy to organize all your items in one place. You can have at least two of these and then put them in the main backpack.
One can be used to put hygiene items such as deodorant, shaving cream, and shower gel and then another can be used to organize your socks undergarments, in one place or you could opt to have another toiletry bag where you pack your small gadgets such as the universal adapter, earphones and phone chargers.
Backpacking Essentials: First Aid Kit
You can collect items and put them in a small bag or buy a first aid kit. In the first aid kit, it checks that you have the necessary drugs that come in handy while traveling.
The following list should be inside your kit:
- Small scissors
- Rehydration packs
- Tablets for diarrhea relief
- Deep heat for muscle pain relief
Backpacking Essentials: Map
If you are going to a new travel destination, you may want to consider buying a map that will guide you. It helps you plan your itinerary effectively and to estimate the amount of time it will take you to reach your destination. Maps are essential backpacking tools, especially during hiking trips. Ensure your map is protected from rain and fire by securely folding it and placing it in the same bag as to where your travel documents are packed this will make it easier to locate it.
Backpacking Essentials: Gadgets
If you are traveling and you need to document your stay. Certain items cannot be left behind. These items can be put in your day backpack. Add your laptop, laptop charger, camera, and camera charger. There are different types of laptops all these are based on preference and functionality.
If you are a photographer then a camera is a must-have on your packing list or you can opt to have your phone as a camera. If this is the case then consider buying a phone with a high functionality camera. Other essential gadgets include a hard-drive to save all your travel photos, a memory card that is also essential for storing photos.
Backpacking Essentials: Travel Documents
Your passport is the key to your upcoming destination. You may consider putting all your travel documents in one place so it is easier to locate them in your hand luggage during airport check-ins and when you want to pay for goods and services.
Have all these documents organized in one document case. A case containing, your passport, air ticket, credit cards, a bit of currency for your destination country. It will be stress-free to have in one place instead of having to go back to your backpack and removing all the items inside just to look for a few documents.
A map will also help you save time when you know which direction you are going. Together with a map, you may also want to add a compass. It would be catastrophic if you end up getting lost in the middle of the woods and you don’t have a map or a compass to guide you on where to go next.
Traveling is more enjoyable when you have all the right gear, clothes and documents that you need for the trip. There is nothing as bad as you regretting why you did not carry a certain item to your trip just because you did not have a checklist to refer to while packing. These items will help you enjoy and make the best of your next backpacking trip. Do you have any other items, not on this list? Please share them in the comments below.