What To Pack For A Backpacking Trip
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What To Pack For A Backpacking Trip

Zoe Kramer December 27, 2022

If it’s your first time backpacking, choosing how to pack can be a conundrum. You want to prepare for every eventuality, but you also don’t want to pack so many things that you get weighed down. It’s hard to know what your essential items will end up being if you haven’t traveled this way before. But not to worry, we’ve got you covered with a simple list of what to pack for a backpacking trip.

Water protection

No matter the season, the odds are you’ll be facing rain at some point on your trip. One of the most important things is to ensure that you and the contents of your bag stay dry. Use a dustbin liner on the inside of your bag, and bring a rain cover as well as a quick-dry microfiber towel.

Sleeping pad/bag

The sleeping provisions you bring along will depend on your plans for the trip. If you’re planning to stay in hostels, you might be able to get away with minimal supplies. If you’re planning on camping, however, you’ll need a sleeping bag, pad, and shelter. Find a compromise between comfort and weight that works for you, and roll them up tight in the bottom of your pack.

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You’ll want to bring shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, moisturizer and any other hygiene essentials you’ll need to keep you clean on the road. These bottles have a tendency to explode at inopportune times, so be sure to bag up or even double bag your toiletries. If you have leakage problems, you can invest in reusable travel containers to store your liquids.

Layerable clothing

Regardless of the weather you’re expecting, you’ll want some breathable items and some warm layers. Wool clothing tends to be the most smell-resistant. Make sure you bring a laundry bag to sort out the dirty clothes, too. the amount of clothes you bring will depend on how long you’ll be traveling as well as if you’ll have access to laundry, but a good starting point is 5 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, 1 pair of shorts, a fleece and a jacket.


Electronics are another essential component to pack. You’ll want to bring a charger for your phone as well as adapters as needed. Other things you might want to bring are a laptop, an e-reader, headphones, earphones, or a camera. It’s advisable to bring an extra light source too, such as a flashlight or headlamp.

What to pack for a backpacking trip may, in some regards, depend on where you are travelling. But these basics should ensure you have everything vital.

See also: How To Travel on a Student Budget

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.