Whether your destination is the American coastline or all the highlights of Europe, a backpacking adventure is on every young person’s bucket list. Not only is it a unique way to see more of the country, but it’s a great way to get fit, learn to pack light, and realise what you’re capable of accomplishing. This adventure is not for the faint-hearted; for the duration of your travels the contents of your backpack will be your entire life. You don’t want it so heavy that you’re suffering under the weight instead of enjoying the sights, or so light that you haven’t got enough to see you through your travels. Whatever you chose to take with you, here are a few things you can’t forget.


Sturdy backpack

Even if you’re not planning on taking any flights on your journey, it’s a good idea to limit yourself to 20lbs so that you’re not putting unnecessary strain on your back. However, if your backpack has a lot of pockets, as seen in this explorer tactical backpack review, you can keep your electronics and travel documents safe from your toiletries and still have easy access whenever you need it. If the backpack itself doesn’t weigh much then you can carry more with you, but you don’t want the material to be easily breakable; canvas or pack-cloth nylon are your best options.


It’s a good idea to have your phone fully charged in case you need to contact someone. Make sure you bring your charger and adaptors to take full advantage of your stay in hostels, and bring a portable charger just in case. A phone is possibly the only electrical item you’ll need, but if you’re going to write about your travels then remember to pack your laptop or tablet.

Change of clothes

Check the average weather temperatures before you set off so you know what to pack. If you’re anticipating a slight chill, it’s better to pack lots of light layers than bulky jumpers. Pack enough underwear to last you a week, four lightweight shirts, two light sweaters, and two pairs of thick socks for those cold nights. Whenever you stay in a hostel, take advantage of the washing machines.


Ladies, if you’re going to be travelling for more than a month then you know the essential items you need to bring. Apart from that, bring everything you normally would for a weekend away at a friend’s, minus the makeup. It’s also a good idea to pack plenty of hairbands in case you have a bad hair day. Only bring razors if you’re not going to fly anywhere.


Earplugs are essential for sleeping in hostels. If you plan on doing some sightseeing, bring a small day bag so you can ditch the backpack for a while but still carry your phone and wallet. Finally, you could bring a few paperbacks for entertainment, but you’ll save a lot of luggage space if you bring a tablet or listen to Audible on your phone.