You are heading out on your backpacking adventure. You have chosen your destination, your routing, and you are ready to hit the road. But before you go, you are going to need to pack your bags. While you might be reaching for your favourite t-shirt or shorts, you need to consider the reality that backpacking can turn from harmless fun, to serious business in a heartbeat. So, besides the obvious things like your passport, any medications, etc, I asked , an online travel agency, what one should bring if they plan on taking a trip in the wild world of backpacking. They gave me a list of five essential items you cannot leave at home.
First thing’s first: FlightHub definitely recommends bringing along plenty of navigation equipment. While many people travel with their phones, many countries have limited cellular service. This means that online map you are depending on may not be available. So, what does this entail? Bring maps, a compass, and any itineraries you think you may need on your journey. If you can afford a standalone GPS, that can be super helpful as well. Bear in mind you may not be able to easily ask for directions where you are, so be prepared to find your own answers as to where you are and where you are going.
Flashlight And Matches
Unless you have a night vision headset, you will be needing flashlights and matches. Flashlights will allow you to read those maps that you totally remembered to bring along with you in the dark. Matches of course can help you light a fire, whether for recreational purposes or to help you light a campfire. Flashlights and matches can also help you light a signal fire in the event of a serious emergency. Lastly, make sure your matches are stored in a waterproof container or bag.
First Aid Kit
If you are seriously hurt you will obviously need to get to a hospital, but with a first aid kit you can deal with any minor injuries you may receive on your trip. One of the most important things you can remember is to bring disinfectant. While bumps, bruises, and cuts are manageable, they can quickly get out of hand in the event of infection. Make sure you brush up on first aid practices before you leave or bring a field manual with you.
These little guys come in handy day-to-day so it is only logical to bring one along if you are going backpacking as well. They can be used for a variety of different purposes – whether it is simply cutting your nails, or preparing or cutting up food.
Finally, a whistle can be a lifesaver if you are caught in a very bad situation. A whistle makes it possible for you to be heard when you can’t be seen, and also serves as a handy tool for drawing attention to yourself in the event you have been robbed or are feeling threatened in any way.
What essential items do you always keep in your pack? Let us know!