Traveling doesn’t just happen smoothly. Sometimes you need to encounter a little bump like backpacking your stuff. It can be a real hassle if you can’t pack all you need because of how you’re placing and arranging things.
So, if you’re one of the many first-time travelers worrying about how to do backpacking right, you’re in for a good ride. We present to you five helpful and easy tips for backpacking.
- Get the right kind size of bag
When choosing a backpack, don’t get too overwhelmed by the bigger ones and imagine all of the things you ‘might’ need that you can fit in there. Your backpack will be with you most of the time, and you don’t want to be carrying something hefty while enjoying a trip, do you?
- List and analyze everything you need
There is no better way of tracking what goes inside your backpack and what doesn’t but through listing them down. This is helpful because you can see what you have, what you still need to get, and what you have, but don’t need. Also, through listing them down, you can rank by how important they are and set a priority on what should be included in your backpack in case you need to cut off on some things from the list.
- Compress your load
One goal of smart backpacking is to save as much space as you can and don’t worry. You can easily do this by compressing your load, such as filling shoes with socks and storing your food in containers. Also, another great way of saving up space is rolling your clothes. If you’re one of the many people who still choose to fold their clothes, well, you might want to try rolling them and be surprised by how much space you just actually saved. Not only does it save you some space, but it also avoids creasing on your clothes.
- Don’t pack too many clothes
A great tip that can be helpful for you is lessening the number of clothes that you’ll be bringing. It’s better if you pack pieces of clothing you can mix and match so that you won’t be needing a lot of outfits. But other than having a lighter backpack on you because of just enough clothing, how else can you benefit from this? Well, with the extra space you have, you can store there the clothes and souvenirs you’ll be taking home from your trip!
- Use packing cubes
These packing cubes are these smaller bags you can use for categorizing items and storing them separately, like your toiletries and undergarments. Using them is excellent for maximizing the space in your backpack, and it will make things easier for you to find. Another thing is it keeps your things intact and not scattered inside your backpack while moving.
Although packing can be a bit more stressful than you think, don’t let it weigh you down. Packing smart and light is easier than you think, especially when you’re armed with these tips. Don’t worry, and you’re well on your way to your next destinations, lighter of bag and spirit.