20 Things to Pack on Your Backpacking Trip

Headphones

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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Matej Kastelic / Shutterstock.com

Eyemask

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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Andrey_Popov / Shutterstock.com

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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