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Essentials to Pack in Your Travel Backpack

Packing things for a trip can be quite stressful sometimes. At moments like that, you would often ask yourself, am I bringing too much? Are all of these enough? And all sorts of questions regarding what it is you need. 

Before heading to the list, though, one thing you should remember in backpacking is to keep the heavy stuff at the bottom while at the top is where your toiletries should be found. Also, make sure your belongings are susceptible to leakage like storing lotions inside a plastic bag.

Now, do you have a big trip coming up and is confused about what to pack first? Here’s an ultimate guide of the essentials you will certainly need for your travels. 


  • Passport


This is no doubt the most important thing that must be in your backpack, and you’re not going far without this little thing. You also have to make sure your passport is valid, and up to date. You don’t want to be stuck in the airport and be reminded that you cannot fly since yours is already expired. So, where must you store it in your backpack? Check for pockets and make sure you store it in a pocket that is easily accessible for you.

Backpacking Travel Essentials

  • Lightweight clothing and underwear


Depending on where your destination is and for how long you’ll be far from home, keep in mind to only pack the clothes that you must have, not those you feel would be good if you have it. Keep the essentials, and most importantly, make sure they are appropriate for the season of your destination. One great tip as well is choosing those that weigh less and don’t take up that much space so you won’t have a hard time packing. As for the underwear, bring just enough or maybe an extra or two. Remember, you can always wash them.


  • Shoes


Now, for this one, you must take it easy and think of the activities you’ll be doing on your trip. A suggested pair to bring on a trip is two pairs, one pair that you will mostly use when you’re outdoors doing some activities and the other for the ones where you’re just in casual mode and chilling. For example, if you’re planning to go hiking, carry along with you hiking shoes and a pair of sneakers for when you’re casually going out. You don’t need to bring many pairs of shoes with you, just the ones you need.


  • Water bottle


You might think that this is somehow not essential because you can just literally buy bottled water anywhere. Not only does this help you stay hydrated while on the road, but it also saves you money from keeping on buying new bottled water every time you want a drink. Besides, the reusable ones are better for the environment, and you have nothing to worry about carrying it on your hand, most backpacks have specific compartments for water bottles that are pretty easy to reach when walking around. 


  • Toiletry bag basics


Walking around and enjoying a trip is fun, but there’s always that aftermath where you sweat a lot and have all that dirt all over you. This is one reason why a bag of toiletries is essential in your backpack. So what can you put in your toiletry bag? Start it basic and include a toothbrush along with toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, a lightweight travel towel, sunscreen, and wipes. Although you can buy them in convenience stores, it is always better to be ready to have yourself get cleaned right away.




Packing for essentials is a personal thing to do; it differs from one’s travel style and preferences. But, we hope we have provided you with the basics but the most important ones that you should bring along with you. Lastly, to ensure that you have all you need, you should head first and see what activities you will be doing throughout your trip. Remember to pack light for more effortless mobility.

I described myself as an adventurer, tourism development professional, world traveler, and storyteller. My passions: travel, adventure, and food. And yes, I do believe there is a common thread woven between them all.