What to Pack for a Backpacker Trip:
3 Rules to Consider
By Leila Amber
Traveling will always be one of the most fulfilling and life-changing activities that a person can do. To embark on a journey, immersing in different cultures and learning valuable life lessons along the way, is an experience that everyone should at least try once in their life. Of all the different ways to travel, though, we have to say, backpacking is our favorite. It brings us the most adventurous and memorable trips.
Do you want to get into backpacking too? Then you’re in the perfect place. In this article we are going to share with you a quick checklist of items that you should pack on your trip as well as the different “unspoken” backpacking rules that you should learn before your journey. Excited? Then let’s get started.
The Unspoken Rules of Backpacking
Unspoken rules are a part of everyday life. The problem is, they are not taught in school. We learn them through experience, by observing carefully, or by simply being a thoughtful human being.
An even bigger problem is, you can’t really observe backpacking rules unless you’re already a backpacker yourself. Hence, allow us to share some of these rules with you.
- Take only photos, leave only footprints. This is a classic backpacking and hiking rule. Whenever you explore an environment, don’t take anything but moreso, don’t leave anything behind. We don’t care if it’s a small candy wrapper or a piece of paper that you’re sure is going to break down in a few weeks. Just don’t. We must all do what we can in order to preserve our pristine environment.
- Be friendly. It’s a value that we’ve been taught in school because it’s just good manners to interact in a friendly manner with people you meet. However, doing so on a backpacking trip can save your life. How? Because the trail of people you’ve spoken to can lead your rescuers to you if something goes wrong.
- Rule of Threes. Finally, here’s a survival rule to take with you on your first trip: the rule of threes. You can only last for three minutes without air, three hours without refuge from a harsh environment, three days without clean, potable water, and three weeks without decent food.
- Be a light packer. Save space while packing.
Anyway, now that we are done with the basic rules, we can now start packing. And for that, we need a backpack!
Choose a Quality Backpack
There are different types of travel backpacks that you can choose from, but here are the factors that we think you should consider before buying:
- Water resistance - the first thing that we usually look into is the bag’s resistance from the elements. After all, we don’t want our belongings to get wet from a little drizzle.
- Another aspect that you should consider is the weight of your pack. Remember, if it’s already heavy while it’s empty, then how much will it weigh when full?
- An aspect related to weight is the structure of the backpack. There are generally two types: framed and frameless packs. Frameless packs are definitely lighter, while framed packs are heavier due to the exterior frame installed. This frame will help support heavier packs, though. So if you’re planning to go on an extended trip and you’re sure that you’re not going to pack light, then you should definitely consider a framed pack.
- Finally, we enjoy packs that have a lot of compartments and external pockets. It keeps things organized, and it allows easy access to your absolute essentials.
Here’s another storage essential aside from your pack: a wallet. Like travel backpacks, there are also different types of men’s wallets out there. But here are our favorites:
You’re going to be exposed to different environments during your travels, so protect yourself from identity theft by getting an RFID wallet. It deters hackers from getting your ID and credit card information.
Slim Front Pocket Wallet
If a thief can’t get your information, then what’s stopping him from pickpocketing your entire wallet instead? That’s why we always recommend using a slim front pocket wallet when traveling. Pickpocketing from your front pocket is more challenging than getting a wallet that’s sticking out of your back pocket, after all.
A Quick Packing Checklist
With the storage solutions all ready, here is a quick checklist of everything you need to pack:
- Backpacking tent
- Sleeping pad and bag
- A flashlight
- Stove and fuel
- Cookware, plates, mugs, and utensils
- Meal packs and meal-replacement bars
- Water reservoir
- Water filter
- Clothes (fitting the weather you’re expecting)
- Navigational tools
- A multitool
- And, of course, a first aid kit.
Now that you know the basic backpacking essentials, you can easily go and make the most of your backpacking adventure.