8 tips for travelling with a backpack

Whether you want to travel for a long period of time or to a lot of places, a backpack might be the way to go. With your belongings on your back, you’ll have both hands free to navigate, explore and venture!

Only bring one or two pairs of shoes

Shoes often take up a huge amount of space in your luggage, so try and limit your options down to two! In most travelling backpacks there’s a compartment at the bottom for a pair of shoes so this will work perfectly. We suggest bringing one athletic pair for walking and travelling around and one pair for when you want to go out!

Use a quick dry towel

A quick dry towel will be your savior when travelling! A quick dry towel is often a little bit smaller and thinner than your average towel but is thinner! It dries much more quickly so you won’t have to worry about putting wet or damp towel back into your backpack. They’re perfect for beach holidays, camping or active travelling as they take up less room and will dry in a fraction of the time.

Bring lightweight clothing

As a general rule of thumb, you should pack enough clothes for seven day and then wash them. Ensure that you bring lightweight clothing to alleviate the weight of the backpack as well as a versatile range for a number of occasions. If you’re going to somewhere with a colder climate, consider layering up or grabbing some heat-tech clothing that doesn’t take up a lot of space.

Take essential and small toiletries

Whilst at home you might have several bottles of treatment, soaps and mosturisers, this is not the time to bring them. Bottles of toiletries will often take up lots of awkward and much needed space in your backpack. If possible, grab some solid toiletries to save you space or pack them into travel sized containers.

Get a bag cover

You never know what the weather is going to be like, so make sure you’ve got a bag cover to protect all of your goods! Some backpacks have a built in backpack cover but if yours doesn’t, covers are fairly inexpensive and don’t take up much room at all! It’s one small step to make sure you’re all covered for your travels. The last thing you want to do is run through the rain with your backpack and have all of your belongings soaked!

Keep your valuables close to you

If you keep all of your belongings in one backpack, it’s important that you have your belongings close to you where you can reach them. Most backpacks have small sleeves in the strap where you can put your wallet and passport with you, but if yours doesn’t, consider getting a money belt or a smaller pouch to store belongings.

Don’t pack it to the brim

Although you’re packing light when you have a backpack, it’s important not to pack it to the brim. Even though it’s tempting to bring everything along with you, it’s better to leave a little bit of space in case you purchase anything on your travels or if you don’t pack as compactly later on. The last thing you want to be doing is sitting on your backpack and squishing everything in before you have to leave to your next destination!

Pack the heaviest items in the middle

Whilst it not seems like much when you carry a backpack, you have to consider the impact it will have on your back. Pack your heaviest items in the middle of your bag so it balances the weight and doesn’t put as much pressure on your back! Subsequently, put your average weighted items up the top and your lightest down the bottom. This will help evenly distribute the weight in your backpack! Note: also place frequently used items such as tissues in the front compartments for easy access.

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