From asking friends and family to consulting the internet, you’ve probably done a ton of research in preparation for your first backpacking trip.
You know that dark alleys are bad and that you need to be vigilant when it comes to your belongings, but there’s so much more that you need to know.
Top 8 Backpacking Tips
- Be prepared and pack all the medication that you may need. This means that if you get sick you have everything on you, and you don’t need to find the nearest pharmacy and hope that they understand what you’re looking for.
- Communicate with your bank. These days there’s so much fraud and suspicious activity in the world that one transaction in a foreign country could have your account flagged a blocked. This security measure is for your own safety but can be a problem when you suddenly lose all your money while you’re abroad. Let your bank know where you’re going in advance to prevent this from happening.
- Pack lightly. Everything you pack will need to be carted around while on your trip, so ditch the unnecessary weight and only pack the things that you will need. Choose clothes that can serve different purposes and can be worn more than once.
- Plastic bags are your friend. Keep your wet clothes away from your dry clothes and use the bags to keep your dirty clothes away from your clean ones. Plus, plastic bags take up very little space and can come in handy in a pinch.
- Set a budget but be prepared to spend more. It’s good to have an idea of what you are going to spend, but if your budget is too tight you may find yourself missing out on some really awesome opportunities. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t have a budget, we’re just saying that a bit of wiggle room never hurt.
- Stay in contact with loved ones. Roaming charges can be excessive but thankfully in the digital age, many public places have Wi-Fi which means that you can reconnect with loved ones back home with no hassle or ridiculous costs. And you can even access great gaming sites from anywhere in the world too.
- Selfies and photos are a must. They’re all that will remain after your trip and will give you pleasant memories to look back on for years to come. They also give you some pretty awesome bragging rights.
- Research the area. Before you head out into the great unknown, research the area and make a list of places that you would like to see. This will help you plan the trip and give you an idea of what to budget while there. Another thing to research is the culture and traditions of the area to prevent any awkward situations.
Embrace The Unknown
It’s a wonderfully crazy world out there and there’s a lot for you to experience. Backpacking gives you a more on the ground approach to travel and often give you a chance to do things that may have otherwise been overlooked.