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.
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
- Cotton jacket
- 5 pairs of socks
- 5 sets of undergarments
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
- Hair cream
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.
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
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.