Things To Pack For A Backpacking Trip


By Busabout
13 Dec 2019

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The number of backpackers around the world is increasing by around 4% every year with Australia being one of the most-travelled destinations.

We’re all about living that nomad lifestyle and exploring the world. Whether you’re travelling for the gorgeous cities, dreamlike views or purely for the fun of it, Europe, Australia and the Americas are all amazing destinations to explore. That’s not to mention all the picture-perfect destinations across Southeast Asia like Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

So if you’ve already chosen your destination and have your flights booked, it’s time to think about what to bring. After all, it’s called backpacking for a reason; a little handbag is never going to cut it and a suitcase is sometimes just a bit too big.

You need to make sure you have just the right number of items to cover your stay without weighing you down. Get yourself a good, sturdy backpack - it’ll be your best friend on your Busabout trip. Make sure it fits well and won’t be too heavy or tall for you. Once you’ve found the perfect backpack, it’s time to think about what you’ll put in it.

Remember that you can buy toiletries when you arrive at your destination, so only bring the essentials for travel. Also, unless you’re planning on sleeping under the stars every night, a sleeping bag is NOT necessary. It fills a lot of the bag and you won’t use it as much as you think.

That said, there are a few essentials that are good to pack for your backpacking trip. Don’t fret if you forget anything, though. You shouldn't have any issues picking up what you're missing while on the road.

  1. Passport - This is obviously a must. Don’t forget this lifesaver that will guarantee that you can fly. Keep it in a safe place wherever you go!

  2. Money - Make sure to bring enough £££’s, $$$’s or €€€’s for the duration of your trip. It's a good idea to grab a travel-abroad card before you go - most of them are either free or cheap to take money out when you're abroad.

  3. Toothbrush and hairbrush - This one is pretty self explanatory - these are absolute necessities to ensure you're feeling fresh while on the road.

  4. A Kindle/book/notebook and pen - it's always good to use the coach journeys to catch up on some holiday reading or start a journal about your travels!

  5. Good shoes - It's easy to go overboard and pack lots of shoes for your trip, but in reality, a pair of sandals or Birkenstocks and a pair of closed toe shoes for hiking is really all you'll need! Bring a pair of flip flops for beach days too!

  6. Reusable water bottle - Take care of the beautiful planet and avoid buying single use plastic! Reusable water bottles are great because you can refill them on the go.

  7. Travel towel - the quick-drying variety is always good, and if you have something light weight that can double as a beach towel, even better.

  8. Eye mask - This will help you fall asleep just about anywhere while on your trip. Whether it's the coach or a hostel dorm room, you'll be out like a light in no time with a handy eye mask.

  9. First aid kit - You never know when it might come in handy!

  10. Sunscreen and mosquito spray - Being sun smart on holiday is extremely important, so make sure you look after your skin by applying sun screen every day! And mosquito spray is a must to keep those pesky bugs at bay.

  11. Underwear/socks - These can be washed easily so you won’t need too many.

  12. Moisturiser - If you're spending a lot of time in the sun (or the cold for that matter), a good moisturiser will be a saviour for your skin. Skin-care is important for those busy days ahead.

  13. Swimwear - If you’re travelling to beach destinations like Australia or Greece, you'll be spending a lot of time in the water! Take a few pairs of swimmers so that you can alternate between them during the trip!

  14. Headphones, portable charger and adapter - Headphones are perfect for listening to music on the coach or when you've got a bit of downtime. Always important to pack an adaptor for the countries you're visiting and have a portable charger handy too so your phone will never run out of battery unexpectedly!

  15. Clothes (But Not Too Many!) - Especially if you're travelling in the summer months, you only need to pack light. You really only wear half of what you take - a few pairs of shorts/ skirts and tops/dresses will do the trick! Hot tip: a hat is a useful accessory to brighten up your travel wardrobe!

  16. Travel Insurance - Totally worth it in case of emergency and usually very cost effective if you do some research before you buy!

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