Backpack Essentials For Your Travelling Adventures

Living out of a backpack isn’t easy. The task seems even more daunting when you can’t seem to decide what to pack and what to not. Not to fret. Being minimalists, we don’t want you to huff and puff under the weight of a huge backpack. It doesn’t matter how long you are going to be traveling for, you don’t require a lot of belongings. Then again, some extra items can’t hurt if they increase your luxury and comfort.

This article contains all the backpack essentials you may need on your journey, coupled with some camping gear should you decide to hike or camp. So just ruffle up a checklist and tick things off as you go. It is prudent to mention that this article is to be taken as a guide. The packing checklist ultimately depends on the type of journey you are on. This is why we have tried to incorporate a little of everything, whether you are trekking a mountain, or backpacking through Europe.

1. Packing Cubes

Packing cubes can be extremely handy, especially if you are using a traveling bag with no compartmentalization. A little on the pricier side, packing cubes can hold everything, from clothes to socks. Instead of going for zip lock bags, which make a god-awful sound, or compressing your clothes, go for packing cubes. They give easier access to your belongings, not to mention making packing easier.

2. Clothes

Before packing, you need to understand that you should never pack an article that you might wear. Just pack those articles that you love, or are comfortable with.

Here is a sample of what your clothing checklist should look like.

  • Cotton t-shirts (no more than 4)
  • Pyjama pants
  • Denim shorts
  • Jeans
  • Cotton jacket
  • Raincoat
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 5 sets of undergarments
  • Swimwear

3. Toiletries

Taking your own toiletries is extremely essential. Here are a few things you need to pack if you don’t want to be at the mercy of the hotel toiletries.

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Body wash
  • Travel-sized shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Razor
  • Deodorant
  • Hair cream
  • Sunblock
  • Moisturizer
  • Soap
  • Towels

4. Toiletry Bag

Having a toiletry bag can make your journey a lot easier. Many hotels all over the world are not very user-friendly. A toiletry bag provides compartmentalization, easy access and enough space to put all of your bathroom essentials.

5. Walking Shoes

Since you are traveling, you will be on your feet a lot. Walking shoes or sandals that don’t make your feet hurt are a must while traveling.

6. Water Bottle

This is a no-brainer. Wherever you are going, staying hydrated is important. Hence, having a water bottle is essential. Not only are you saving money, but you will also be conserving the environment.

7. Head Lamp

Skip the flashlight. A headlamp can help you navigate easily in the dark, all the while keeping your hands free.

8. Power Bank

A power bank is one essential you can’t forget unless you want to be without a working cellphone.

9. Pouches

Instead of storing everything in your traveling bag, you can also use pouches to store little things like

  • A charger
  • Swiss army knife
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Makeup or skincare products

10. Painkillers

Having medicine on hand can be helpful to ward off any headaches.

That is pretty much it. With these items, you are set for wherever your travels may take you.…

8 Things To Enjoy In A Foreign Country

Travelling is more than visiting all the ‘must-see’ spots in your guidebook. Traveling is something else entirely. While traveling to a new country, you are becoming one with the country and its people. You are submerging yourself in something that was previously unknown to you and that is where the beauty of traveling lies.

There are a few things you have to enjoy while traveling abroad. Your trip will essentially be incomplete lest you enjoy these 8 things that every country has to offer.

1. Historical Sites

Historical sites are something every state has in abundance. If you are traveling internationally, visiting historical sites should be on the top of your list. Be it the Great Pyramid of Giza, Machu Picchu, the Stonehenge or the Colosseum, visiting these historical places is a must. You won’t know the true meaning of enjoying a new culture until you do so.

2. Local Cuisine

Eating a lot of the authentic cuisine at your disposal is the Holy Grail of traveling. For once, your diet doesn’t matter. Neither does the fact that you have lost count of how many cheat days you have had. Irrespective of the fact that the only exercise you are getting is strolling from one restaurant to another, you need to eat as much as you can. Try each and everything of the amazing cuisine the country has to offer because you won’t experience the same authenticity anywhere else.

3. Do Everything

Wherever you are traveling, you are only there for a short time which is why it is important to do and try everything. If the opportunity to ride in a gondola presents itself, don’t turn it down. You will regret it. The point of traveling to a foreign country is to try something new so do just that. Visit every attraction, every famous gravesite. Soak up the beautiful architecture and sculpture around you. Take in everything, museums, art, views, and sites.

4. Take Pictures

Visiting a foreign country and all the great places you see is something you will remember for a long time after you leave. Hence, it is important to cherish every memory and take pictures. Be it food, landscapes, sites, even a sunset, take pictures of every beautiful thing. Not only does it cement the memory, but it also gives you something to look back to.

5. Try Different Things

The whole purpose of traveling is to try out different things. Half the fun of exploring a foreign country are the opportunities that are unique to the place. There are only one Big Ben, only one Eiffel Tower and only one street in the whole world with churros that melt on your tongue. Being in a foreign country is all about letting loose and experiencing new things. Hence, try tartare, go bungee jumping or cliff jumping, whatever rocks your boat. All of these memories are something you’ll look back to fondly.

6. People Watching

Exploring new things doesn’t mean packing a dozen activities into one day. You will only end up exhausted and won’t be able to enjoy everything fully. Take some time off and just soak in your surroundings. People watch, pick up their habits, and learn about the people that make up each beautiful culture.

7. Check Out The Nightlife

It doesn’t matter if you are a night owl or not. The energy that takes over a city at night is something else entirely. Though the nightlife is dependent on the place you are visiting, it generally consists of bars, live music, clubs or candlelit cafes with free-flowing alcohol. So get dressed and go have fun!

8. Go To Local Markets

A time comes when you need to back off the souvenir markets. There is only so much they can offer. Visit local markets and shops and buy special items that will really serve as mementos instead of only buying the made-for-tourists stuff.…