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On the topic of backpacking hacks, there’s an awful lot that can be said for ‘finding out how to do things the hard way’. Yeah, the past 5 ½ years of travel have been a learning curve, and well over 50 countries later I’m still figuring out better ways of doing stuff.
So, you could muddle your way through finding out the best travel hacks by yourself, follow a travel checklist or take the lazy-hassle free option and skim through this list to find out the best backpacking tips; the easy way!
My original list of backpacker hacks consisted of a measly 23 tried-and-tested ideas, it’s expanded somewhat since then to a pretty extensive list
Gadgets – Backpacking Travel Hacks for the Best Gadgets
1. Keep your cables in a sunglass case
No doubt you will be taking electronic items with you which means the potential of having to carry lots of different cables. A handy way to keep these organised is by packing them into a sunglass case (either the hard case or soft zip-up pouch). You’ll always know where they are and this will stop them getting tangled up and damaged.
2. Invest in a pair of noise cancelling headphones
I’m rubbish when I don’t get enough sleep, whether it’s on a plane because of a baby screaming, or in a dorm room with what sounds like King Kong snoring the place down. Earplugs are one option, but I don’t like the feel of something inside my ear. So a better choice; are a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Hellloooo peaceful sleep.
3. A portable charge bank is a must
This is invaluable as a backup plan for any electronic item that runs out of power. Not all aeroplanes or buses have charge points and sometimes at an airport, all the charge points are in use or you just don’t have time to wait for charge. Having a handy back up of power helps alleviate this problem.
4. Download offline maps such as Maps.me
There are loads of off-line maps out there, heck, even Google does it. But my personal favourite is Maps.me for any overseas navigation. It’s free and super easy to use, just download the app on your phone in a wifi area, add the maps of the specific area you are going to, search for and then drop your pins on places of interest. You can even add personal notes to pins you drop. I’ve used this app so many times when I am outside of a Wi-Fi area, it’s been a lifesaver. Give it a go!
5. Go for a Worldwide Travel power adaptor with multiple USB sockets
Every seasoned backpacker’s been there. A dorm for 8 people, with power sockets for 4! Thankfully, lots of the newer hostels are cottoning on to this and if you’re lucky you’ll get your own personal one next to your bed. Backpacker Bingo! To get around the problem of lack of sockets, purchase a worldwide power adaptor with lots of USB charge points on it, so you can plug multiple items in at once.
6. Use a mini-tripod to help get the perfect shots
The majority of my travel is solo. This has meant that I’ve had to perfect the art of the selfie to get my snaps. But if I don’t want my arm in the photo, then what? If there is someone else about to take a photo, then easy, ask them. If you’re on your own, makeshift props using a bag, a wall, rocks etc., has to make do…or not. A tiny pocket tripod is so much easier. Twin this with an app linking that links your camera to your phone, and voila, who needs a photographer?!?
7. Use a clothes peg to stop headphone cables getting tangled
I’ve still got old-skool style headphones with the cables on them (heyyyyy, I use them on the beach, so don’t mind them getting covered in sand and suntan lotion all over them, plus no one’s going to nick a pair of manky old headphones if I leave them lying about). A quick backpacking hack and to wave goodbye to those tangled up cables is a single humble clothes peg. Clip the ear-bud section into the peg, wrap the cable around the peg, and then clip in the jack. It’s the perfect solution to keeping them tidy!
8. Take spare SD cards
I love my adventure sport, and soon realised that travelling with a GoPro, recording every scuba dive, white water rafting, a climbing experience that my SD cards were constantly out of space. My only option back then was to buy a new SD card every time it filled up. After two months in Costa Rica, I’d filled over three SD cards. Buying them at airports cost a fortune. Order them from your home country in advance.
9. Become a magnet for free Wi-Fi
International go-to’s (and the only time I’ll step foot in there) are Starbucks and MacDonald’s. You’ll learn fairly quickly that most big hotels, town squares, cafes, museums has equally decent Wi-Fi – in fact, lots of places actively advertise it, they know we are like moths to a flame when it comes to Wi-Fi access. If you really are desperate to have cell phone access all the time, then make sure you look into the best international SIM for using your phone aborad.
Eating & Drinking - Backpacking Tips for Food & Drink
10. Book hostels or accommodation with a kitchen
This top backpacker tip is great for anyone with dietary requirements, as well as saving you a mini fortune. Cooking your own meals takes a little bit of planning, but think how much money you’re literally devouring each day. For long term travel, you’ll become a whiz in quick, cheap nutritious meals.
11. Take a Tupperware! And some travel cutlery
If you are travelling long-term, one of the best ways to save money is to cook your own food. There’s nothing worse than being stuck out on a day trip or on a long journey with overpriced uninspirational stuff on offer. If you are staying in a hostel/ apartment/ accommodation with a kitchen, a top money-saving tip is to make a double portion the previous night and pack the remainder into a Tupperware container and your own cutlery to eat it with for the next day’s lunch. Perfect!
12. Caffeine addict?
Carry some with you – I’m a total coffee addict, I can’t actually function without my daily hit. So I try to carry a little tin of ‘soul soother’ for those times when I can’t get hold of my morning pick-me-up. Sometimes, the coffee served at hostels is actually palatable, other times it’s like brown piss. The latter is more common. Keeping your own tin of it saves a ton of money too.
13. Eat the street food
IF you do eat out, weasel out cheaper food places. A good indicator is to eat where the locals eat, these are often slightly out of the tourist areas (look for small restaurants and street food vendors). Restaurants will always have a premium price on them, but you can get just as good, and often more authentic food at a fraction of the price if you eat like a local. The main worry is ‘is the food safe’, overall – yes! It’s cooked right in front of you, so it’s not had a chance to sit about and fester if there are a lot of locals eating there, it’s also a good indication that the food is cheap, safe and tasty.
14. Pack a water bottle
The world does not need more plastic waste, so after you have finished your bottle of water, keep the empty bottle and refill it. It’s shocking how many people still buy a fresh one each time. Better still use a handy collapsible refillable water bottle. It will save lots of money in the long run and also you’d be doing your little bit to help the planet. Most hostels have a water dispenser so try to get in the habit of using that. For emergencies, you can buy water purification tablets.
15. Take some Herbs and Spices with you
Hostel kitchens can be basic. Sometimes all you’ll find is a few old pots n pans, a chipped plate and a bent fork. If you’re lucky you might find an old box of salt to add some seasoning. You’re more likely to find a lump of unicorn poo in a hostel kitchen than some decent herbs and spices! There’s only so much bland food I can tolerate on a long-term trip. A handy trick is to put some spices and dried herbs into little pots or zip bags. A bit of basil or chilli powder can turn a bland dish into something super tasty.
16. Carry your Dietary Requirements Information on you
Whether it’s an intolerance, an allergy or a dietary requirement, it’s handy to have the phrase ‘I cannot eat……’ written in the local language. Alternatively, pictures of items you cannot eat with a cross through (a bit like a road sign) can also be really useful if you are unsure of the language and want to avoid certain items.
17. Hunt down the local Booze store
drinking out at bars can be expensive, unless you can find a decent bar that does happy hour. Even then, it’s nearly always cheaper buy your alcohol at a shop and drink elsewhere (but remember to check street-drinking rules for the country you are in!). Don’t forget to pack a little bottle opener!
18. Stay at hostels that offer free breakfast
everyone likes free food right? Some hostels offer amazing breakfasts, others are minimal (white bread or toast, bland jam and watery coffee). Sometimes, there is a small fee for a really decent breakfast and cheaper than anything you’d get elsewhere. Also, it’s so much more convenient to chuck something on, roll out of the dorm and get breakfast on site.
Travel - Backpacking Travel Tips for Getting Around
19. Use incognito mode to get the cheapest flight deals
So Skyscanner my go-to for cheap flights. One backpacking hack that a lot of people don’t realise is to search in ‘incognito’ or secret mode. You know when you look at a flight and it’s one price, then go back later to check it and it’s going up – that’s because of the algorithm your device is sending to Skyscanner. Searching in secret mode stops this from happening.
20. Book flights at the optimum time
This is about 6-8 weeks before departure, often on a Tuesday or Wednesday at mid-afternoon.
21. Avoid using taxis hailed down off the street
This is a sure-fire way to an expensive journey. Depending on where in the world you are, there is a multitude of ‘taxi’ apps, Grab (Asia), Bolt (Baltics) and Uber are all much cheaper than the regular cabbie. The three main advantages, the first being you know the price in advance, no getting screwed over or haggling a price, the second, you know it’s a legit and registered driver, not just some random off the street posing as a taxi driver. The third, the taxi driver isn’t going to drop you off at some random location because ‘his mate’ owns a bar/restaurant/hotel and is after commission on dropping you there instead.
22. Share lifts with other travellers heading the same way
Put a notice upon the board or ask about at the hostel to see if you can taxi share or better still if you’re lucky, someone’s got a car and they are more than happy to split the fuel bill. It’s also more social to go with someone likeminded. Who knows, you might stumble across some off the beaten track place on your journey and with comfort in numbers, go explore someplace you’d never considered.
23. Use public transport
It’s the quickest and cheapest way to get around, especially in cities, this is a no brainer. Depending on which country you are in public trains and buses can range from basic to full-on luxury. It’s all part of the experience. Just be careful to keep an eye on your stuff on certain routes. Pickpockets exist everywhere, but some places they are more prevalent than others, public transport (like everywhere in the world) is sometimes a hub for them. Just use your common sense.
Money - Travel Hacks to Save Money
24. Notify your bank that you are travelling overseas
I had this happen on a trip to Australia. I know the bank was ‘trying’ to be helpful in locking my bank card when they saw various transactions happening from the other side of the world. It was annoying beyond belief having to call them to get it resolved. A big phone bill later calling back to the UK and I did manage to get my card unlocked but I could have saved myself the frustration.
25. Set a budget, and (try to) stick to it
Each region of the world will be different. In most of South East Asia, I could get by on about $20-30 a day (accommodation, food, travel, activities). However, in Europe (and this is Eastern Europe) I struggled with keeping within $50 a day limit – Western Europe and Scandinavia would be substantially more than that. It’s a sensible idea to set a daily or weekly budget before you go, and really try to stick to it. It’s great to have the credit card as back up for unexpected costs, or the fateful impulsive purchases, but if you’re doing this over a long term just be aware of the mounting cost. The worst thing after coming back from an epic trip is checking the dwindling bank balance and a huge debt to pay off.
26. Don’t be scared to Flashpack once in a while
for the bulk of the time, I travel on a budget – for food, accommodation, transport. If I can save money, I will save money. Unless you’re fortunate to be able to work and travel or have deep pockets, most long term travellers are on a budget. BUT it’s exhausting. The long travel times on buses followed by a sleepless night in a dorm room with roomies snoring all night can equal exhaustion which is no fun place to be. Just once in a while, you’ll feel backpacker burn out. It’s times like these when it’s ok to splash out a little bit and get a little bit of luxury in your life for a couple of days to recoup. Equally, I love adventure sports, which often come with a price. To keep in budget, I’ll offset it with a few days either side of spending next to no money at all.
27. Put a currency converter app on your phone
So the easy currencies, for example, Dollar, Pound, Euro, are all in fairly small denominations. On the other hand, Vietnam and Cambodia, just HOW many 0’s on their bills? I found it so confusing having to count up the number of zeros on the end of a number to discover it was actually only worth a couple of pounds! But it’s this confusion, that makes tourists a prime target for being short-changed when instead of paying the equivalent of $2 for something, you pay $20! Use a simple converter app to stop this happening.
28. Stash some emergency cash
It’s a good idea to keep a bit of emergency money (I take US Dollars) with you and keep it hidden somewhere safe in case of emergencies. You might lose a bank card, or be stuck somewhere with no ATMs.
29. Learn the art of haggling
As a tourist, regardless of how skint you think you are, a lot of the world will see you as a walking money bank. Basically, if you’re a tourist, you’re going to get ripped off. You’ll learn quickly that there is what’s known as the ‘local price’ and then the ‘tourist price’. As a rule of thumb, don’t listen to the BS inflated price you first get offered at 10x its actual value. Learn the art of haggling and save a mint. Although it’s a good idea to haggle, get a decent price, just make sure it’s also a fair price.
30. Use money clips, mini bulldog clips, hair clips or paperclips to separate and organise money
If you are on a multi-destination style trip you will come across lots of different currencies. To keep them all organised, clip currencies together to help keep track of your money.
31. Make the most of free stuff in each location
Pretty much every city I’ve been to offer a free city walking tour. Not only a great way to meet other travellers, but also to get the lo-down on the layout of the city and some insider nuggets of information. These tours do operate on a tip basis, so if you enjoyed it or found it of some value then don’t forget to tip the guide! Look out for free museums, or public events happening. Hostels staff or the local tourist board (either tourist information shop, or online) are usually pretty good at divulging this type of info.
What to Wear – Backpacking Hacks on Clothing
32. Use Packing Cubes to keep stuff organised
Not only do they add an extra layer of protection to keep your clothes clean and dry, but they are also amazing for keeping your stuff organised. Packing cubes come in a range of sizes suitable for any type of clothing. This is one of the top backpacking hacks that I’ve started to impliment in the past two years, I don’t know how I managed withouth them.
33. Roll your clothing instead of folding it
Rolling your clothes actually takes up less space than folding it, according to research it also helps to keep clothing more crease-free. A win-win situation!
34. Pack by outfit
If you are limited by how many items you can pack into your rucksack, then make sure you pack items with colours or patterns that can easily be mix and matched. Likewise, try and pack multi-purpose clothing; a casual beach dress by day can be smartened up for the evening by twinning it with a pretty shoal and strappy sandals. Accessories are also a good way to add diversity to a bland outfit.
35. Invest in a scarf or sarong, and know how to use it
- It’s less bulky than a towel for trips to the beach.
- Temples often require you to cover up, a quick fix is to tie your sarong over your clothes.
- On chilly flights and long bus journeys, your sarong can be used as a lightweight blanket.
- If you are going camping, a sarong can be bundled up and used as an emergency pillow.
- You can make a privacy curtain if you are staying in a dorm room on a bottom bunk.
- Your sarong can be knotted, twisted and tucked in a multitude of ways to make a funky dress, top or skirt.
36. Know what’s culturally acceptable
This goes for guys and girls, do a little research on the dos and don’ts in a country. On my trip to Jordan, I packed clothes suitable for the middle east. Despite it being hot, it’s not as culturally acceptable to walk about in a middle eastern country in a mid-drift top and little denim shorts. Likewise, in Thailand, you can not enter a temple unless you are appropriately dressed. I do get the argument some people have of ‘I can wear what I like’ which is fine, but you’re asking for unwanted attention, for the wrong reasons. Wear what you like, yes – but just remember how you dress at home could be seen as incredibly disrespectful, or promiscuous to people in other parts of the world.
37. Pack light - You don’t need as many clothes as you think
Before you go, lay everything you’re planning out on the floor. Go through it all with the aim of ditching at least 1/3 of it. If you can get rid of a 1/2 then even better! Ask yourself, do I really NEED 10 t-shirts, 4 pairs of shorts and 14 sets of underwear? The answer is probably no. Be strict with yourself. Having to lug a 15kg backpack about, when it’s a 30minute walk in the scorching heat, you’ll regret the extra baggage.
38. Use shower caps to put over your shoes
So, I’m not sure who uses shower-caps for their actual purpose BUT they are fabulous for wrapping around the bottom of a pair of dirty shoes before packing and keeping the contents of your back muck free.
Health & Fitness – Including Backpacking Beauty Hacks
39. Make a basic loo kit
Lot of places around the world, public amenities such as toilets aren’t up to our standard here in the west; especially on long road trips in lots of Asia, Africa and South America. I highly recommended you keep a little ‘loo kit’ in your day bag – toilet paper, wet wipes and hand sanitizer – you’ll thank yourself when nature calls.
40. Keep hairpins in an old tic-tac container
Like at home, these little buggers get EVERYWHERE. If hair clips/ bobby pins are part of your daily hair routine, then keep them in an old Tic-Tac container or mint tin.
41. Invest in solid bars of toiletries
Bottles of liquid are heavy, take up a lot of space and can be prone to leakages. To reduce the number of bottles, buy your shampoo and conditioners in solid block form. No chance of spillages, less waste from plastic bottles, and take up less room and weigh less than their liquid version.
42. Pack a mini first aid kit
Although most towns will have a shop that might sell some basic first aid stuff, it’s just a pain trying to work out in a different language what certain creams and tablets are. Let alone instructions on how many to take or how to apply them. Keep a small selection of essentials to hand. The basics I would never leave home with are antiseptic wipes, plasters, antihistamine, paracetamol/ibuprofen, diarrhoea (aka, the shits!) tablets & rehydration powder, bug-bite cream, and travel/sea sick tablets.
43. A decent washbag with a hook
In most bathrooms I’ve used in hostels, at most you’ll only have a couple of hooks to balance your towel, clean clothes, dirty clothes you’ve just taken off and contents of washbag on. It’s a balancing act to make sure nothing touches the floor. A handy hanging wash bag means you can hook it over a door, or side of the sink and makes that balancing act a little bit easier.
44. Go miniature with toiletries
Only take enough toiletries for a couple of weeks MAX! They take up a lot of space and are heavy too. Transfer stuff over to a travel size bottles before you leave and then fill up your bottles as you go – often in Hostels you’ll find loads larger bottles of stuff left over for others to use, because they are bulky and heavy, so fill up your miniature bottles here.
45. Pack a microfiber towel
You can never guarantee having a towel at a hostel. If the hostel does offer them you either have to rent them, or it’s the tiniest, roughest and suspect stained thing you’ve ever seen. Regular towels are heavy and take up a lot of space, so be sure to invest in a cute and colourful microfiber towel like these. They take up next to no space, dry quickly and are super soft on the skin.
46. Use a bulldog clip over the end of your shaver
Probably the most annoying of all cuts; shaver cuts on your fingers as you are rummaging about your toiletry bag. An easy solution either invest in one that has a detachable head and keeps the blade part wrapped up, or use a bulldog clip over the end of the blade. You fingers will forgive you.
47. Wear a headscarf or bandana for bad hair days
Granted, there are going to be some days when your hair looks like you’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards. A simple headscarf can make any bed-head look stylish. Messy buns and a headscarf, that’s backpacker chic!
48. Go minimal with the make-up
Humidity, sweat and makeup never bode well. Save the hassle, bulk and weight and just take bare minimal with you; a little bit of concealer, a neutral shade of eye shadow, waterproof mascara and lip balm is about all you will need.
Security – Backpacker tips for keeping safe
49. Always keep your day bag in sight
If you are walking through busy areas and have a satchel style bag or rucksack slung behind you, you are a prime target for pick-pockets. Keep your back in front of you and try to push the zippers inside of your bag. If you are sat at a table it’s often habit to hook your bag over the back of the chair, where it’s easy for someone to walk past and snatch it. Whenever you are sat somewhere public, either put your rucksack on the floor and between your legs, with your own leg or a chair/table leg hooked through the strap, if it’s a smaller bag, keep it on your lap.
50. Hide your valuables on your body
If I’m out and about in a busy area and do not want to take a bag, you could invest in a money belt or scarf. There are loads available, which work great. However, my preferred method is (sorry boys) to hide things in my sports bra! When I first did this, I was surprised by how much I could stash away in a bra. Yes, even my phone fits!
51. Get a decent quality lock
Hostels usually provide a locker, on occasions with a key. Mostly, you have to provide your own, so buy a decent quality padlock before you go. Hostels will often sell them, but cheap nasty things as a hugely marked up price.
52. Don’t flash expensive stuff about
I’m always amazed by how much bling people take travelling with them. If you’re going to walk about looking like a jewellery shop, then expect to be a target to thieves. This includes if you have gone shopping and are walking about holding a carrier bag with a designer brand on it. This is a beacon to any would-be thief ‘I have lots of money’. Keep it discrete.
Backpacker Top Tips - Backpacking Tricks for Packing and Organising
53. Bring a small laundry bag
Any small, lightweight bag will do, but canvass shopping bags are perfect for keeping your dirty stuff together and squishing into your rucksack. Just grab the whole bag and drop it to the laundry.
54. Keep hold of plastic bags
I’m not a fan of single-use plastics, so keep hold of any plastic bag you see. For example, the ones that your blanket on the airline is wrapped in is perfect! You never know when you might have wet or muddy clothing to pack away, and it gives a second use to a would-be landfill item.
55. Use a travel wallet with lots of compartments
Most things, thankfully come in a digital format now, although you will always have important documents which you’ll need to keep to hand and organised somehow, a travel wallet is perfect for this.. Keep all your hard paper copies of things. In particular, of your passport, visas, emergency contacts and insurance details in a safe place.
56. Take a packable bag overflow bag
On a long trip, it’s most likely you’ve acquired a few bits n bobs along the way, and ditching some items might not be an option. Pack a lightweight squishable bag of some sort to use as an emergency overflow. They also double up great if you need a pillow on a long bus ride – stuff it with a jumper and voila, you have a great pillow.
57. Utilise tin-foiland tissue paper for little items
If you plan to take jewellery on your trip a useful way to stop it getting tangled and lost is to wrap each item in tin-foil or tissue paper before packing them. You could use cling film to do the same job, although tin-foil and tissue paper is much better for the environment. Clingfilm is also useful to wrap any liquids in which might seep out during transit.
58. Pack big and heavy items first, and smallest items last
Bigger items like shoes, can be filled with smaller stuff before being packed. Pack the big items first, and then fill in the little awkward and annoying gaps with small squishable items.
59. Invest in at least 1 carabiner
These super handy little clips have a whole host of uses and will enable you to pretty much clip anything to, err…anything. You don’t have to go for the really expensive ones that are used for climbing, ones from general outdoor shops are fine.
Backpacking Essentials – General Backpacking Tips to make your life easier
60. Pack a length of cord
You might find yourself having to do emergency clothing wash or have wet stuff after getting caught in a downpour. Sometimes there is just no-where to hang your stuff up – a length of cord tied to the posts of your bed or between trees gives you an automatic washing line in these emergency moments.
61. Take fishing line and a basic sewing kit
For basic repairs on clothing, or a surface tear in your rucksack, regular cotton is fine. However, for anything that’s weight-bearing you need something stronger. Fishing line is your answer. I know this from experience, regular sewing thread hand stitching a shoulder strap on back onto my rucksack just didn’t cut it, fishing line worked wonders and lasted until I got back home.
62. An easily accessible small torchlight or headlight
You’ll most likely have one on your phone but it’s super annoying when your phone runs out of battery. A tiny pocket torch is perfect for times like this or better still a headlight – yes, it’s a bit geeky but you do have the advantage of being able to go hand free.
63. Bring a small notebook and pen
As much of a joy phones are, sometimes it’s just easier to write down directions, note, information and your travel journal in a notebook. It’s also handy to have this from a safety point of view. Nothing screams tourist more than standing outside the front of an airport with sketchy wifi trying to find the address of your accommodation. Write it on a scrap of paper so you can either hand it to someone to ask for directions. No one’s going to run n grab a scrappy bit of paper.
64. Do a tiny bit of research before arriving somewhere
I’m not one for planning much in advance. I love the spontaneity of exploring somewhere new. But it’s handy to know just a little bit about what’s in the region. This is particularly the case if something needs to be booked in advance, or there are limited opening hours. So just give yourself a heads-up, literally, it takes is about 10 minutes on Pinterest to find some itineraries or information about a location.
65. Talk to the locals
You might get one token resident arsehole at a destination, but honestly, the vast majority of locals you’ll meet are absolutely lovely and want to show off and tell you about their country. Rest assured that the majority of people in the world are decent human beings, so if you speak the lingo, or they speak yours, just be friendly. Who knows, they may tip you off about a delicious locally known restaurant, or somewhere that the tourists don’t venture too because it’s not advertised. Even just saying hello and a smile goes a long way.
66. Take a waterproof phone carrier or small zip-lock bag to put it in
Having a waterproof case to put your phone in is super handy if you’re caught out in a monsoon-like downpour while using your phone for navigating. It’s also great little travel hack for slightly wet boat rides.
67. A pack of cards
As much as I am rubbish at playing, card games are universal. There’s nothing quite like bringing a group of strangers together than a pack of cards. Great for long journeys, drinking sessions at the hostel or staying in the middle of the jungle (yes, I played drunken card games after a day of hiking in the Sumatran jungle) universally silly card games are amazing at bringing a group of people together. Good ol’ fashioned entertainment.
68. Invest in a sleeping bag liner
Sometimes, hostel bedding isn’t quite up to scratch and the cleanliness can be questionable. I’ve slept in my fair share of manky beds! A sleeping bag liner can be a lifesaver here for when suspect stains on the sheets and bedding look dubious.
69. Don’t skimp on travel insurance
I know it’s an added expense, but it really is worth it, partly for peace of mind of your valuables, but more importantly the medical side of it. If you were to have an accident abroad, do you have the funds to pay for the potentially expensive treatment you might need?
70. Take a universal sink plug
I know it’s not very exciting. But a simple item like the humble universal plug for a sink can feel like a luxury commodity in some countries. Often, they are non-existent. If you plan on being on the road for a long time and need to wash clothes, you’re probably going to need one.
71. Don’t forget your sense of fun and adventure
For many, the chance of travelling the world is a pipeline dream. If you are privileged enough to be able to travel, make the most of every opportunity. Head off the beaten track, try new stuff and open your mind to every new experience possible.
WOW! That’s a pretty epic list of backpacking hacks! Most likely, a year from now I’ll be adding even more to this list.
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