Backpacking is a great way to travel. It allows you to explore many different countries in the same trip, and can also be much cheaper than more conventional holidays. When preparing for a backpacking trip, there are a few helpful tips, as recommended by clients of Away Holidays, that you should bear in mind to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.
The first, and most important thing, is to choose your bag wisely. Your backpack will be your portable home on your trip, so make sure you choose it appropriately. It should not be too big, so that it is uncomfortable or difficult to carry, nor should it be too small, so that you can’t carry all you need. It is also worth checking with any airlines that you will be using what their bag restrictions are; weight, size, shape, etc. If you think you will have to pay extra for bulky or oversized luggage, you may want to rethink your choice of pack.
When packing clothes, be brutal and only pack clothing that is definitely, absolutely essential. As the experts at Away Holidays know, backpacking is certainly not a fashion contest – it’s about comfort more than anything. If you have to walk for two hours, or if you get stuck on an uncomfortable bus journey, high heels and mini skirts won’t be of much help. For men and women alike, your most comfortable clothes and shoes are your best and safest bet.
Clothes that can be washed and dried easily are a good idea if you are not sure how often you will have proper laundry facilities, as are clothes that do not weigh too much or take up too much room in your pack. Also, remember waterproof clothing if necessary!
Your toiletries and wash kit should be minimal. If you are travelling with someone else, can you share soap, shower gel, shampoo, tooth paste, etc? If so, then it means less for you both to carry overall. It is also a good idea to take a small first aid kit with practical items such as mosquito repellent, sun cream, lip salve, plasters and any motion sickness or hay fever tablets if you should need them.
Last but certainly not least, is water. Dedicate as much room as you can to carry water bottles. Most large backpacks have a pocket on the outside that will easily fit a one or two litre bottle of water. The last thing you want is to be dehydrated, as you will feel ill and won’t be able to enjoy your travel to their full extent.