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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Debbie Nel / Shutterstock.com



This Is the Fastest Way to Get through Customs

No one enjoys lines, and custom lines are some of the worst. The hundreds of confused flyers with paperwork in hand is daunting, but what if I told you that you can bypass that line for free – without paying for Global Entry? Whether you travel internationally 30 times a year or once a year, you’ll love the app. The Mobile Passport Control app speeds up the process of filling out and processing your U.S. immigration paperwork. This little-known app gets you your own line, away from the crowds, and lets you get to baggage claim that much quicker – likely before your baggage!

14 Ways to Spot a Frequent Traveler

The moment someone goes on their first trip and gets a taste of freedom and adventure, everything changes. They yearn for more travel, and the more they do it, the more experienced they become. It eventually gets to a point where travel is part of their lives, and it pretty much influences every decision they make. Even though you can find many different types of travelers and styles of traveling, there are some characteristics all frequent travelers share.

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.