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Traveling as a backpacker – for a long term or taking short trips – is great. How can you be prepared and stay safe during your travels? In the beginning, you don’t really know what to pack. Or how to make them fit into your backpack. And yes, you have to pay attention to the order of things: some need to be on top, others can stay at the bottom of your backpack.
50 essential backpacking tips are included in the infographic below. I decided to share this infographic with you as I liked the way these tips are organized. They cover various areas – from essential items to pack, preparations tips, food fundamentals, packing tips, hiking, and emergency tips.
You might think that if you forget something it’s not a problem as you can buy a replacement on your travel. That is true, with a single condition: to travel in a city. Because as soon as you are out of a city, this means that you are not near a shop. And it is not a problem when the item you forgot is a non-essential one (or when you travel with someone else and you can borrow what you need). But it is a huge problem when you are missing an essential item. So research and preparation go a long way – and ensure a significant part of the success of the travel. If you don’t pay attention to small details, you may end up regretting it. For instance, if your water bottle is not perfectly sealed, it may leak into your backpack and all clothes and items will be soaked. Not something you want, believe me!
I also like that the infographic emphasize the need to leave no trace. I think that this is not only for the backpackers, but for all travelers and tourists. If we like a place, we should leave it as we found it. We should all enjoy what we see, but let others enjoy as well. Unfortunately there are people who don’t throw the garbage where they should – they just leave it in the woods, on the side of the road, on the beach, near a picnic table, etc. Some even throw it into the water or from the mountains. I’d like to say that I didn’t see such people, but I did.
Anyway, like I said, I really liked this infographic and I think that the tips included are very useful for backpackers – especially for the inexperienced ones. If you travel as a backpacker regularly, I’d love to hear what you’d add to this list!