Backpacking is a hugely popular way to travel as it allows you a freedom and flexibility to choose where to go and what to do as well as keeping costs as low as possible. When setting out for your backpacking adventure there are a few tips to think about to make sure you trip goes as smoothly as possible.
Take a journal with you. This is a great way to write down your stories of the people and places you encountered during your trip; it will be something you can look back on fondly in years to come.
Swiss army knife can be your best friend on your travels thanks to its many uses, just make sure you don’t put it in your hand luggage when boarding a plane.
Take cheap plastic flip-flops. Thousands of people will have used the hostel showers before you so avoid picking up anything nasty by wearing flip-flops when you shower.
Get travel insurance. Taking out some travel insurance is essential, as you never know what will happen to you on your trip. Unfortunately it’s not unheard of for possessions to be stolen while traveling so make sure you are able to replace any money or possessions by taking out travel insurance.
Toiletries and cosmetics. Hostels wont be giving away little bottles of shampoo like hotels and depending on the country you might not be able to buy what you require from the shops so it’s a good idea to take some with you, just enough so you can maintain hygiene levels while your away.
Mosquito and bug repellent is an essential for the hotter countries you visit. In some countries these pesky little critters can be a nightmare so always take some mosquito repellent with you to avoid becoming a mosquito all you can eat buffet.
A good book will be a very useful on long journeys and lazy days on the beach; they also make good conversation starters with fellow travelers.
An alarm clock will come in very handy on days when you need to catch your transport, the last thing you want is to be fast asleep in bed and miss your flight.
An MP3 player will provide a merciful break from the boredom while waiting in airports and on long trips.
You should also leave some space in your bags for any items you deem to be essential such as a personal memento from a loved to cheer yourself up if you start feeling a bit homesick.
What ever you take on your trip the most important thing is to enjoy your adventure and come back home with plenty of amazing experiences and memories.