20 Things to Pack on Your Backpacking Trip

Wet Wipes

After a long bus, train, or plane ride, it’s common to have a sticky feeling on your skin but a shower isn’t always readily available. A pack of wet wipes will do the trick. They are also great for washing your face, cleaning spills, and even as toilet paper in a pinch.

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Waterproof Bag Cover

You just never know when a downpour will strike, and when it does, you don’t want to be caught walking with your bag in it (and therefore soaking your clothes and everything else). A waterproof bag cover packs up tiny and is super light; you’ll never regret it!

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Jens Ottoson / Shutterstock.com

Health Insurance Card

Here’s to hoping that illness and accidents won’t hit you overseas, but you just never know. It’s best to be prepared with a travel insurance plan, and to always carry a copy of the card with you.

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The Best Gifts for Travelers

If you’re a traveler, chances are you’ve spent the last few holidays receiving kitschy, travel-themed gifts from friends and loved ones while wishing they had given you something more useful, like airport lounge passes or an Airbnb gift card. While there are some gifts like cash, and airline tickets that will always be useful, there are a few items that we’ve sourced that have amazing reputations and are appreciated by even the most minimalist travelers.

Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.