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What Goes In The Backpackers Pack?

By 15:20:00

When you’re travelling around the world, it can be hard to know what to take with you. Especially when backpacking, the last thing that you want is a heavy load to trundle around with you through your adventures. In countries where you know that the weather has a tendency to turn, over packing your bag to compensate for the change is par for the course. In reality, you don’t need as many clothes as you think that you will - have you ever been on a short holiday and come back with certain items that you never wore? You tend to stick to what you know, what works for you and what looks good. So what should you really be popping in your backpack?


Not only is swimwear good for swimming, but it’s something that can be worn in hot countries to keep you cool. To add to this, it’s extremely light to carry! Rather than wearing a bra while walking around, it’s more socially acceptable to put on a bikini top on. If travelling with children, there is a selection of beautiful girls swimwear online as well as options for boys to wear too. Remember to look for something that will cover their whole body or have a loose shirt available to put on top to avoid sunburn.

Light Clothing

Instead of taking up valuable room with big, bulky items, consider packing lots of lighter pieces of clothing. It works the same way as it would for bedding - the more layers that you have on, the warmer that you’ll be, and you’ll be able to take off layers if you want to get cool. Think of thin vest tops, t shirts and sweaters that you can put one on top of the other. It’s the best way to utilise the clothes that you will be bringing with you.

One Coat

Wear this on you rather than packing it away. It doesn’t have to be padded out for cold weather unless you’re going to somewhere that’s famous for it. The one thing that you need to ensure is that it is extremely waterproof and will be able to protect the clothing that you have got on underneath from any unexpected downpours. Especially in tropical countries, this is an essential need for you to have.


Unless you know that the shoes that you are taking with you are the comfiest ones ever and will cause you no damage whilst walking around - plus are suitable for any sorts of weather or terrain that you come across - you will need to pack more than one pair. If you can get your hands on them, look for shoes that are foldable or at least a bit malleable to be able to bend them into your bag. If you are thinking of buying shoes while you’re out travelling, you need to think about the demographic of the country that you’re visiting. For example, if you are a UK size 8 and go over to China, you’ll find that you’ll have a hard time finding a pair in your size.  

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