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What to take backpacking
1. Backpack. I found that a sports back, slung over
the back using the
handle straps worked great, since I could carry more in
one. The straps might
cut into your shoulders if you have to walk a long way,
so you'd have to pad them. However, a big backpack will
do well for those who don't like sports bags or will walk
too far for a non-backpack.
2. A Waist Ski Pack For when you are wandering around
in a city, You will want something to hold your wallet,
camera, maps, etc. when you leave your backpack behind.
This is very important not to forget.
3. Travelers checks Obviously. get £20 cheques,
and spread them throughout my backpack, and waist pack.
Girls, don't bring a purse.. use some kind of wallet thingy.
It'll be less cumbersome.
4. Camera, music, Sunglasses, etc. - If you are
in another country, the film will probably be expensive
so bring a FEW (not too many) extra rolls.I also brought
a CHEAP (expendable) walkman with a mix of favorite songs.
Don't forget a watch...not an expensive one either. You
might also want to consider a small little CALCULATOR ,
probably a really cheap one :)
I didn't need this, but I'm more adept in math than others.
5. ESSENTIALS - PASSPORT, Drivers Licence, Credit
cards! You might also want to take a little card w/ emergency
phone numbers on it so that you (or someone else) can call
in a tight situation. - Make sure that your visa card is
a high limit (to get you home) and
a bank card that will let you withdraw. The usual fee is
£1.00 or so.
** Alarm Clock. You can't realize how important this will
6. Bathroom stuff:
1. toothbrush (put in ziplock bag to keep clean)
2. soap (also put in ziplock bag to keep clean)
3. toothpaste 4. shampoo
5. shaving stuff 6. flip/flops (sandals for showers)
7. towel (small as possible) 8. aspirin, etc. (girls--you
9. hairbrush (gel if you use)10. SMALL mirror if you need
11. Toilet paper (and/or tissue paper) You'll find this
12. Deodorant (small) 13. Pain Killer Kit (aspirin,etc.)
7. Book/reading - I took a large book, and it saved
me a lot of wasted boredom when riding for hours on a Eurorail
train, or flying on a plane for a long time.
8. Maps, Books, etc. Your Hostel guide, a map of
the current city and country
that you are in, as well as where the nearest Hostels/ hotels
9. Hat (scrunchy) - my ballcap saved my butt so
10. Clothes - If you are state to state traveling,
or going Abroad, you'll want to bring ONE nice outfit..
just in case you go to a nice restaurant. 1 or 2 Jeans,
(bar clothes), one sweatshirt, a RAINCOAT and the other
11. Shoes - I took one pair of nice shoes, and one
pair of walking shoes. Make sure that your walking shoes
are COMFORTABLE. Don't take too much literature when backpacking
to other cities/states/countries. You'll be able to get
it all there.. pamphlets, etc. at the Hotels/Hostels
Believe it or not, you CAN fit all of this in a backpack/sportsbag.