Backpacking for beginners is a free guide that will teach you how to backpack. We want you to know all the backpacking tips to make sure you get the most from your next adventure!
The awesomeness of backpacking: Okavango Delta- Africa
Backpacking is travelling with all your belongings in a backpack! But, it is also much more! Backpacking is a way to travel, a way of life while you are on the road. To help you understand the essence of backpacking we will refer to some stereotypes or typical things that are expected of a backpacker. Backpackers are travelers rather than vacationers or holidaymakers Backpacking is about learning, soaking up new cultures, experiencing new things and living in the moment!
Backpacking for Beginners - myths:
These myths may apply to some backpackers, but most certainly not all of them! I have been a backpacker on most of my adventures and I pride myself on showering and washing my clothes (often in the hostel sink!)! Gone are the days when backpackers are poor students! I can't emphasise enough that backpacking is a great way to travel; a way to experience and live; a way to meet new people and create adventure!
Backpacking in India - would't recommend the 'green' bags!
Backpacking accommodation is most commonly a hostel. Hostels provide backpackers with all the facilities they need to travel on the road for long periods. It is a place to meet new people and swap stories.
Common hostel facilities include:
Typical backpacking dormitory style room
Packing your backpack is all about the 'less is more' principle! Remember whatever you take you will have to carry. Don't forget to leave room for shopping either! Make sure you leave plenty of time to pack for your trip. Lay everything out and check, then recheck that you need it.
The way I decide what to take is to ask myself: does this item have a purpose? For example, will it keep me warm? Is it for security? Is it essential to my health? Where you are going will influence what you take. Consider not only the weather but also what you can buy such as replacement toiletries or basic medical supplies. When I travel to more remote parts of the world such as India, my first aid kit is the biggest item in my backpack but also the most important!
We have put together a list of your next step towards your backpacking adventure: