11 Backpacking Essentials

I am a huge fan of packing light.  If I can travel with only a backpack, I will.  If I have to check a bag or am going on a longer trip, I’ll take the smallest suitcase/roller holdall I can find.  I couldn’t imagine anything worse than having luggage the same size as me and having to haul it in and out of cars, off and on public transport, up and down stairs when the accommodation has no lift/elevator.  The following items I travel with every time I go away, whether it’s for a weekend ‘staycation’ or 2 weeks overseas!  Hopefully I can help you to pack a little lighter!

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Universal USB Travel Adaptor

LOOP World Adapter Plug, Worldwide Travel Adapter Charger [US UK EU AU/CN] w/ Dual USB Charging Ports & Universal AC Socket – Safety Fused (Black)…I have travelled with worldwide adapters for years now.  They are great if you have a stopover on route somewhere as you don’t have to worry about whether or not you have the right adaptor.  The plugs I use have detachable ends on them so I can use it for a proper plug, such as for my laptop, or I can have it so I can just use a USB lead.  This is great, especially as most gadgets charge via USB, there’s no need to carry loads of bulky plugs!

Travel Toothbrush

Travel Toothbrush, On The Go Folding Feature, medium bristle brushes (2 pack) – (I use this exact toothbrush!).  At home you may have a toothbrush holder, but on the road you don’t really want the bristles touching other things in your bag!  I have a toothbrush that folds up into the handle making it half the size of a regular toothbrush so it’s small and keeps clean! Win, win!

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Packing Cubes

Eagle Creek Pack It Cube Set , Red Fire, 3pc Set – I have 3 different sets that range from cheap brands to more expensive brands and I find the cheaper ones work just as well 🙂  I like having a huge range of sizes, I use the bigger ones for suitcases and the smaller ones for backpacks!  You don’t just have to store clothes in them either, I’ve used them in the past to keep documents together too!

Solid Shampoo

Lush Solid Shampoo Bar and Lush Shampoo Bar Tin – I know what you’re thinking $35 on shampoo?!?! But honestly, I’ve been travelling with these for years.  Yes I’m not a full time traveller and if my accommodation has toiletries I use theirs but I’m still on my first bar and it works great…especially when flying with only cabin baggage as it’s not a liquid!  I made the mistake of not travelling with it once and my hotel only provided bar soap, my hair felt nasty for days!

Diaper/Nappy Bags (Really!!)

Sassy Baby Disposable Diaper Sacks, 200 Count – I kid you not.  I have no baby but I’ve been travelling with nappy bags for years.  They smell nice and they are great for wrapping up liquids that you’re worried may leak, separating off dirty underwear from clean…I don’t travel with all 200, I’ll often chuck 10 or so in for each trip!

Folding Hair Brush

Folding Travel Hair Brush with Mirror – these things are so handy, especially ones with a built in mirror!  I just find that fold up brushes pack nice rather than being an odd shape.  I actually have a Route 66 one that a family friend bought me from Christmas one year!

Microfibre Towel

RainLeaf Antibacterial Microfiber Towel – Microfibre towels are weird…it feels a little bit like you are drying yourself with a chamois leather for a car BUT they work.  I use mine when I’m not travelling too, such as if I go to the swimming pool!  I have a smallish one, it’s just about big enough to tie around my middle and I find that’s plenty and just enough if I want to lay it on a sun lounger…after all the aim is to pack light!  I love the way it comes in its own packing cube too!

Cheap Sunglasses

Retro Rewind Classic Polarized Sunglasses – Sunglasses without ‘feet’. Possibly the best ever travel tip I discovered this year! Sunglasses were forever getting caught in my hair…not anymore!!  They also lay fairly flat too making them easy to pack!

Belize Caye Caulker Snorkel Tour

(I got given these sunglasses for free and I wear them to bits!)

Mini First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit – 66 Pieces – Small and Light Soft Shell Case – I ALWAYS travel with a first aid kit, this is just an example of the type of one you could get and tweak to your needs.  You could even use an old coin purse or something.  In mine I have: several different types of plasters/band aids, spare hair bands, Piriton Anti Histamine tablets (I get bitten A LOT), anti diarrhoea tablets, Sudafed (my sinuses will sometimes block up) and some sort of Ibuprofen or Paracetamol.  I don’t even carry whole sheets, I’ll often cut the sheets in half and just carry a few of each.

Travel Sewing Kit

Portable Travel Sewing Kit – Before my trip to Camp America, I read packing lists that said things like duct tape was good to pack and all weird things like that, but just a month later when I was in Australia, I found myself wandering around Brisbane train station trying to find a pocket sewing kit.  When you pack light I may mean having to fix the few things that DO make it into your backpack or case.  The seam on my shorts spilt and I needed a quick fix so I could carry on wearing them.  I have since fixed buttons and even sewed up the end of the zip on my suitcase…a suitcase I’m still using 6 YEARS later because my bodge job was that good! (I wrote a post about some of my travel disaster stories if you feel like a read!)

Perfume Atomiser

Travalo Classic Refillable Perfume Spray, Silver – I bought my atomiser while passing through an airport and I think it’s great.  Packing light doesn’t just have to be while backpacking around the world.  As mentioned above, it’s a habit I put into practice even for overnight stays.  For example, as a blogger you may go to events, stay at nice hotels etc, so I like to pack perfume but I don’t want to take a whole bottle for just one night.  My atomiser is refillable from a regular bottle of perfume, I believe it holds around 30 sprays!

What are some of your favourite travel luggage or accessories?

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