20 Things to Pack on Your Backpacking Trip

Power Pack

Especially if you are a device reliant person (like you need your phone access for work), you will want to bring a power pack to be able to charge up on the go. It’s also just handy for long bus rides, to ensure your source of entertainment stays alive.

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Phone With a Camera (Or a Camera)

While you want to strike a balance between experiencing and capturing the experiences, a few photographs never hurt anyone. Pack some sort of memory-making device to remember your trip forever (and rub your awesome trip in your coworkers’ faces).

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Aleksandra Kovac / Shutterstock.com

Favorite Photograph or Other Memento

Especially if you’re heading off on a long trip, remember to pack some sort of sentimental item. Even if you’re super utilitarian, there will come a point where you want to have a real tangible photo of your girlfriend, or the locket that your mom gave you.

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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.

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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.