Something I love about backpacking is there is no “right” way to do it. You do what works for you. You use the pack that works for you. You go where yuo want to go, and you pack what you want to pack. This blog is definitely not guide of how to be successful at backpacking, in the strict sense of the word. All I can do is tell you about what has made me successful, in my travels. That being said, I thought I would let you all in on what I’m traveling with. The key to packing successfully, when it comes to backpacking, is to remember 3 rules:
1. There are needs and then there are wants. Go with the needs.
2. Going monocromatic means creating more diversity in your outfits (really!).
3. Things seem much more disposable when every pound is strapped to your back for days.
Once again this is not the “how to guide” for success. But here’s what I have in my pack on this trip, so you can have an idea of what I bring when I go on a two week long backpacking trip.
1 Puffer Vest
7 Pairs of Underwear: I usually pack half the amount of the number of days I’ll be gone…but obviously that’s for trips 2 weeks and less.
Two Tank Tops
3 Pairs of Wool Socks
1 Pair of Pajama Bottoms
2 Pairs of jeans
1 Pair of Insulated Tights
1 Rain Jacket
1 Wool Wrap around Poncho: So many uses! From being cold on the plane, to needing an extra layer over your bed to having a great way to change up your outfits.
1 Scarf: Originally I packed 2 but I’d rather buy a new one as a souvenir and onlybring one on the trip.
Earmuffs: It’s supposed to be 17 degrees in one of the cities I’m visiting.
1 Rain Jacket
1 Puffer Jacket
1 Pair of flip-flops: For shower/easy access.
1 Pair of TOMS boots
Canvas Bag: These fold up tiny, but can be used for groceries and as a purse, when you don’t want to trek around carrying your whole pack.
Book: I know this isn’t exactly sensible for weight reasons, butI really like having something that’s not dependant on wifi or battery life. There’s also always the option of leaving it in a hostel, if you finish it on the trip
Rain cover for my pack
Eye Mask: Because there’s nothing like getting awoken at 4am by your hostel roommate.
Makeup/ makeup wipes
Mini conditioner, face wash
All the Chapstick
2 Tea bags
Mini deoderant, toothpaste, toothbrush
Travel size laundry detergent (dry)
Matches/First Aid Kit
Whistle and Grapling Hook
Mini Case of Advil
Disposable razor, nail clippers, tweezers
Adapters for each country
Keyboard: I have a keyboard that connects via bluetooth to my tablet. It’s super light, hot pink and my favorite thing ever.
Charging cords for everything…and I mean everything
What are some things that you love to travel with? Comment below with your “must haves”!