Travel is our biggest passion, our common interest. Traveling with a backpack is kind of a lifestyle. Because the backpack carries our house on our back. So what are the essential things that should be in a backpack? I’m preparing a list to help you, as well as making a little reminder to myself for my upcoming trip. So let’s take a look at what’s inside our backpack!
Ultimate Backpacking Guide | Essential Things to Pack in Your BackPack
When traveling with a backpack, you need to have everything you may need, and on the other hand there should be no extra weight. The things that makes a backpacker “a backpacker” is that he/she only carries “functional” things. Therefore, the choice of clothes matters, how many shoes will be taken matters; “limited” and a solution for our back pain is carrying a light backpack. Especially if we carry camping equipment, the functionality of the items becomes more important. But first of all, we will answer what kind of backpack we need in order to travel around the world.
Choosing a backpack can make your trip comfortable as well as it can turn it into a nightmare. It’s very important what kind of backpack you have before what contents are you going to fill it. Firstly, which size should it be? How many liters?
Some of travelers travel with 40 liters, while some travel with 70-80. I prefer 50 liters. Because there is room for the things I may want to take from some of the places I go, and at the same time I don’t have much space for unnecessary items, which keeps me limited. And also, 50 liters generally fit to the cabin which allows you to fly cheaper. If you keep your bag at most 55cm long, you get it! In short, my advice to you is to continue your journey with a 50 liter bag.
Plan Your Trip: The Items You Must Have in Your Backpack
As we have chosen our backpack, we can move on with the items we must have in our backpack. So there is a list below, make sure you check everything:
- Flight tickets
- Cash; currency of the destination + some US dollars
- Debit card for ATMs
- A few photos
So those are the ones that you must be sure you take with you. And the list goes on like this:
- Clothing (prefer quick-dry)
- A water bottle or a thermos
- Travel size shampoo, soap, toothpaste and other health care products
- Waterproof bag cover
- Selfie stick
- Camera (my preference is Fujifilm XE2)
- Laptop; if you are working online. You can watch movies, Tv-series and manage your business. (My preference is Macbook Air because of its lightweight)
- Chargers for all the electronics
- A powerbank
- A Plug for international use
- Hiking shoes if you love hiking
- Socks & Underwear
- A light towel
- A Plug for international use
- Head Lamp
- Waist bag or a small handbag
- A small emergency equipment (painkillers, vitamin c, etc.)
- Wet wipes, travel-size toilet paper must also be in the bag
- An e-book reader (my choice is Kindle)
- If you buy a portable water filter, I’m sure you’ll save enough to cover the amount you pay after a while. (For example, I had to pay about €4 for 500ml water at Stockholm airport yesterday and I didn’t feel good about it:))
- A waterproof raincoat, optionally an umbrella.
Applications that must be on a backpacker’s phone:
- The first one is maps.me of course. You can download the map of your destination country and mark the places you need to go and use the application offline. This is my favorite offline map because I could even find hiking routes.
- Spotify, of course. You need to be a premium member to be able to use it offline. But it’s definitely worth the amount you pay.
- An offline dictionary.
- A currency app that works offline. My choice is XE.
- Duolingo for the ones who want to learn a language.
- With the Hostelworld app, you can find and book the best hostels anywhere in the world.
- Uber. Wherever you go, even in Myanmar, you can ask for a ride with Uber.
- CouchSurfing. With the application of Couchsurfing, you can access the hosts who open their doors for travelers.
- Banking applications
- Youtube is a must.
- Google translate’s application is also good urgent translation.
- I use Goodreads to keep a list of the books I read and the ones I want to read.
- IMDB for a list of the movies I watched and the ones I want to watch.
- Rome2rio. You’re writing the departure and destination to go and the application tells you which vehicles you need to use and how much you will pay.
- Booking.com. If you don’t find a good hostel on Hostelworld or you choose to stay in a hotel it’s the right app to have.
- Google Photos. With this app you can back up your photos to google.
- Whatsapp or telegram for chat
- Skyview. If you’re in love with the Milky Way and you’re curious about the planets, download the app and just keep it on the sky. Your mind will come out 🙂
- A few games that will occupy you when you are offline. My preference is sudoku 🙂
- Several applications for editing photos; I am using Huji, Snapseed and Unfold for Instagram Stories.
What to Have in Your Backpack as a Camper
I don’t have much camping equipment, but of course there is no cost of staying in a tent . If we make a small list for this:
- Tent (should be light and waterproof)
- A sleeping bag (again small size)
- Camp mat
- Material for cooking, material for burning fire, multi-purpose pocket knife
We already counted the head lamp and costume. Since I don’t have much camping experience, I close this paragraph now…
Well, I think we have a little idea of what we should have in our travel backpack. Of course you can always add or remove things. I guess, it is very-well understood that the most important element is the choice of backpack. The size and weight of the materials we put into are also very important. We don’t need to load things that aren’t really necessary, or buy extra baggage because of them. The smaller the better.
If you wash your laundry frequently, you won’t have a problem anyway. If I go to a cold place, I definitely take slippers and bikinis, just in case. There’s global warming, right? And how do you know you’re not going anywhere else?
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