Learning the way to pack your backpack for a long journey is not easy. The first thing you should do is to make a complete packing list and tick off each item as you go.
We also have a top tip for you is to fold your clothes efficiently. Keep in mind to put heavy stuff at the bottom, stuff that leaks go in plastic bags, and things you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your destination (like toiletries) at the top. Roll your clothes up rather than folding them if it takes up less space.
This guide will also suitable for suitcases for air travel too, not just backpacks. Don’t forget anything - and happy traveling!
The hard part: clothes. Keep in mind to take a mix of light clothing and warm clothing
for your journey (depending on where you're going). It's always handy to look up the weather right before you go and pack. Packing light is a form of art and with limited space in your backpack, it would be better to be strict with yourself and only bring what you really need.
Spend time considering what kind of activities you might be doing while traveling so that you're prepared with the necessary things - whether you'll be hiking, snorkeling, partying, skiing, or sightseeing around the city, you'll need appropriate attire. If you're going on a long trip, make sure that the hostel has a laundry service so you can wash wear clothes over again.
Pack enough underwear for your trip and maybe two or three items more. You can always wash your underwear while traveling if you do run out. A tip for you is to keep in mind to pack a small thin bag, it will help to separate your clean and dirty laundry so you don't get them mixed up.
Socks are important because they will protect your feet from rubbing against your shoes when you walking a lot on your trips. We recommend bringing thick socks if you're going somewhere cold and ankle socks if you'll be walking around the city with trainers.
4. Walking Shoes
If you'll be doing a lot of walking or hiking then make sure to pack some high quality walking shoes. It’s usually perfect to wear your bulkiest shoes at the airport so that you can save more space in your luggage.
5. Flip Flops or Sandals
Comfortable footwear goes a long way when backpacking and when it's the height of summer then flip flops or sandals are necessary. Make sure you get a good quality pair that will last you your trip - you don't want any blowouts, right?
Traveling to Europe in the winter can get quite chilly so wrap up and bring with yourself a scarf, hat, and a pair of gloves. It depends where you're traveling in Europe though.
To keep your head and face protected from the sun if you're going to somewhere sunny or beaches. Caps aren't too expensive but they're definitely worth having. More than that, most of them can be attached to the outside of your backpack if you're running out of space inside.
8. Glasses, Contact Lenses, and Sunglasses
For those who need to wear glasses, the above are all so essential. You want to actually be able to see while traveling. Or what's the point? Put this on your priority packing list if you're someone who wears glasses, just to really be sure that you don't forget.
Whether it's summer or winter, hopefully, you'll get at least a glimpse of the sun during your trip. So, a pair of sunglasses is necessary for any trips!
9. Shampoo and Conditioner
Shampoo and conditioner bottles can be bulky to carry and they take up a lot of space in a backpack. Instead, you can use smaller-sized bottles with your hair liquids to save space. Better yet, buying some sustainable shampoo or conditioner bars for your hair and support the zero waste movement. These eco-friendly soap bars
are plastic-free and create zero waste because you end up using the whole product.
Thick towels can take up much space. So, ideally, pack a thin microfibre towel instead. They're definitely worth it if you want to save more room for other things. Most hostels don't provide towels so keep in mind to bring yours.
11. Shave, Nail Clippers
Calling all beard gang members: remember your beard trimmer and charger (if you don't wanna rough it out). If you're considering packing disposable shavers, we recommend spending a little more on a reusable one instead. You'll save money in the long run while also helping put less plastic into landfills.
12. First Aid Kit
Every backpacker should carry a first aid kit, you never know what will happened and when you'll need it. Especially if you'll be doing a trekking-based trip.