Probably one of the most asked question is “how do you pack for your trip?”. This post will share how to pack your backpack.
There are many factors that depends on what to pack:
- style of travel (fancy vs backpack),
- duration of travel (1 week vs 1 month),
- schedule of travel (different city each night vs exploring 1 specific place),
- mode of transport (hitchhike vs renting a car), etc.
The Backpack Style
Perhaps, my favourite style is to backpack. Backpacking is very convenient because you can carry it on the plane. It saves loads of time when you have a very tight schedule. You don’t have to wait a million years for your backpack. (Source: Tumblr)
In addition, a backpack is also easy to travel with. 2 simple straps across your shoulders and you are ready to conquer the world. Backpacks also have very limited space, which allows you to reflect and think about what you want to pack. You will soon realize that you only need the essentials in life, and sometimes, less is actually more.
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How Do I Pack My Backpack
This infographic by describes the packing well. (Source: Facebook) The general idea for me is to keep the essentials at a convenient area and have the weight evenly spread out.
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The bottom is the most critical part because it sets the shape of the bag. Sleeping bag goes below, together with the bulkier clothes like coats.
Note: Please buy a backpack that is suitable for your purpose of use! E.g. hiking, long-term travel, etc.
In the middle, keep the heavier things closer to the side for your spine. It really helps to even out the weight and helps your posture. I’m sure not many of you go for insane hikes where you need food and lots of water. If you have, place them there. Otherwise, I keep my laptop, tablets and my smaller day-bag there.
The top is for anything that is large and need easy access to. Things like toiletries, wallets, pouches and smaller items. Do also bring put your shawl there because shawls are very useful! Oh, and for those who love to snack like me, keep your chocolates inside too.
This really depends on your trip. For adventure trips, your outer pockets should be all your safety gears like heat packs, compass, sunscreen, first aid and your documents (insurance, flights, identity). My outer pockets keep my sunscreen, make up, accessories, documents and tissue.
These pockets are for all the small and very random things. Like lip balm, handkerchief, tissue, your lucky charm, etc. These things are small and can get lost easily, which makes it great to put in the small stuff pockets.
My backpack has another pocket on the strap around your waste. It is the perfect size to place my phone and identity card/credit card inside, which is very useful.
For those on adventure trips, your outer straps will be your safety gears like hiking poles, chains, ropes and hooks. For me, I hang my shoe bag and water bottle on the side.
Do share on any more packing tips that you use! Remember that you do not need too many material things because a joy of traveling is the lesson to live with just essentials.
Trevellers is my way to change the world. Through my stories, tips and lessons learnt, I truly hope to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone, see the world and see who you truly are. Travel is more than just taking a selfie at beautiful destinations. Travel is an adventure, where you can truly become who you are, give you the time to reflect and grow to become the person you’ve always dreamt of.