20 Things to Pack on Your Backpacking Trip


Whether you’re into listening to tunes, or podcasts are your thing, or you’ve got to stay updated on Orange is the New Black, blaring your choice of noise in a common area isn’t a kind decision. Use your headphones. Really good cushy headphones can also do double duty as ear plugs if your hostel is on a busy street or your seatmate snores like an avalanche.

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The amount of light in your room (or seeping in from the window) may not always be conducive to sleeping, or you may just want to catch some Z’s on the bus. Cotton eye masks are super lightweight and roll up very small, easy to fit in even the most packed bag.

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Comfortable Backpack

You’ll want to try on the bag before you buy it (especially for big trips), and choose one that can fit what you need but isn’t too big. Bigger isn’t always better.

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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.