Backpacking Guide 2: What to pack

Posted on 20. Feb, 2010 by in Travel

Now that you’ve found your bag, do keep in mind that there are many things that need to be in there in order to make your trip more enjoyable, less stressful and possibly cheaper, as you won’t have to buy everything on location at tourist prices.

Here’s a list of the essentials:

  • Mini toiletries
  • Cleansing wipes
  • Toiletry organizer (makes your trip to the bathroom much easier)
  • Microfiber towel (dries quickly and is very tiny)
  • First-aid kit (to be carried in your day bag)
  • Toothbrush cover
  • 2-3 bin liner (to separate dirty clothes, to waterproof your bag, etc)
  • Ear plugs
  • Padlock (to lock your bag during train journeys or nights at the hostel)
  • Moneybelt (to be worn under your shirt)
  • Alarm clock watch
  • Plastic flip-flops (you don’t want to be barefoot in a public shower)
  • Large zipped plastic bag (to hold souvenirs or leftovers)
  • Plastic utensils (to be re-used)
  • Universal adapter and/or transformer
  • Tablet laundry detergent
  • Plastic tablecloth from the Dollar Store (to cover surfaces you want to keep clean, like bed or bottoms)
  • ONE travel book

I also recommend carrying a mini-laptop, for many reasons. First, you can keep contact with your loved ones and avoid paying ridiculous fares at Internet cafés since there are hundreds of unlocked wifi networks out there. Second, you can transfer your photos and have a DVD back-up in case something happens to your camera. Third, making or switching plans is easier. Fourth, there are so tiny, light and cheap, you won’t even have to worry about it.

About the camera… I suggest buying a proprietary battery camera. It’s easier to charge, cheaper and requires less stuff (and Earth friendly). Make sure you don’t forget these:

  • 2 USB cables
  • Extra battery
  • USB wall charger
  • DVDs to back-up your photos (you can ship these home once they’re full)

If you have any other travel essential, please comment!

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