Month: April 2016

Useful Backpacking Tips For Travelers

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It is fun to go on backpacking trips. But it will be so much fun to travel on ultra-light backpacks. Not many people know the way to travel light. This is the reason why most people end up lifting heavy weights on their back. Now, here are some useful backpacking tips to help you go ultra-light without compromising your needs.

1) Take only necessary items

It can be difficult to decide what you really need, and what you do not need. Plan properly the quantity of shirts, pants, underwear and socks needed according to the number of days for your stay. If you need to bring a dictionary, buy a pocket dictionary instead.

2) Make a List

Plan everything ahead. Make a list of the things you need take along and pack days before you depart. Avoid last minute preparation because when you pack in a hurry, you will tend to take unnecessary things along.

3) Share weight

If you are traveling with a companion, share the weight you both will be carrying. For example, take one tent instead of two. You can also share your shampoo, toothpaste and cooking gear.

4) Choose light bag

Buy a light-weighted bag. Heavier does not necessarily mean sturdier. Take time to choose the best backpack you can afford. This is indeed a very important and useful backpacking tip.

5) Limited capacity

Avoid buying a bag with huge capacity. It will tempt you to fill it up to the max. Plus, it might be difficult to handle bulky, half-filled backpacks.

6) Remove unnecessary gears

Remove the hip belt because it is an unnecessary weight that you have to carry along. You can also remove the sternum strap and other tags from the bag to make it lighter. Try to be creative and less fussy when you go on backpacking trips. Learn to improvise and you will find these trips fun.

The Best Backpacking Tips for Independent Travellers

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Right, let’s get straight into a summary of some of my best backpacker tips that I have learned from my travels all over the world. Of course there are many others yet I feel these ones listed below cover the core concerns of the Independent Backpacker, where ever their journey takes them.

Travel as light as possible. Don’t pack stuff you won’t use or may only use once. Create a strict packing list and stick to it.

Consider not booking a return ticket for trips longer than three months. This way you can literally end up anywhere and fly home from there.

Take a laptop/iPad and iPhone. Great for backing up photos/video, entertainment, staying in tough with friends and navigation.

Use Skype to stay in touch with friends. Also buy Skype credit which gives cheap international calls via Skype.

Pack travel sickness tablets, anti diarrhea, multi vitamins, pain killers, etc

Take a multi fit power adaptor and small multi socket power board.

Pack hiking pants and no jeans. Jeans are heavy and bulky and slow to dry

Always carry some alcohol. A great way to relax with new friends

Keep a journal. You will definitely want to record all your memories.

Always book one location ahead. This way you know you have a bed waiting for you. Though don’t book to far ahead as this will reduce your flexibility.

Pack a good guide book. Although you could get by with Wikitravel (online) for travel info and the internet in general.

Always try to book accommodation near your arrival train/bus station (country dependent) Easy in, easy out. Train stations are usually near town centres.

Use automated ticket machines to buy bus and train tickets when ever possible. No language barrier here

Avoid arriving after dark in your new destination. So much easier and less stressful finding your way around in daylight.

Always have some snack food with you. Some days finding cheap food can be an issue.

Carry hand sanitizer.

Be confident at all times. You will be less likely to be singled out by scammers and the like.

Politely turn down strangers who approach you. Particularly at train stations. Often these people will have some sort of scam.

Spend no more than four weeks in any one country at a time (except perhaps the larger ones) Otherwise you will get itchy feet.

Take a couple of books to read.

Travel in the shoulder periods i.e. Spring/Autumn, even winter in some countries like Greece and Italy. Prices are lower and crowds are down. Weather is still OK.

Photograph everything. I mean everything. All memories, and helps to fill in the blanks between the touristy sites.

Video as much as possible. If this is your thing. Great way to capture memories.

Take a small day pack. Used for day outings and will be your carry on luggage.

Allow your trip to evolve as you go. You don’t want to trap yourself to a fixed itinerary unless it is a short term trip.

From my travelling experience the above mentioned tips without doubt are my top tips. I am sure when you get out there and begin to explore the world you will come up with a few yourself.

How to Pack the Right Luggage

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No matter if you like to take a giant wardrobe with you, or even if you’re a minimalist, this is one of the best travel packing tips I’ve received: Use compression bags. You know those cheesy TV infomercials with those bags that you can hook up a vacuum to and it sucks out all the air, and ‘magically’ shrinks sweaters to the size of a nickel? Well these are similar, but instead of using house hold appliances, you seal up the bag, then roll out the excess air through a one way valve. This really cuts down on the amount of room clothes take up!

When packing, don’t pack your bag to the brim! More likely than not, you’re going to be buying souvenirs of some sort. (I’m a T-shirt souvenir kinda guy.) You need to have room for them in your bag on the way back home. Try leaving at least a 1/4 to a 1/3 of your bag available for room to grow.

Consider trying to make everything fit into a carry-on size bag, and one “personal” carry-on item. Most airlines allow for a carry-on that measures 22″ by 16″, and at least one “personal carry-on” item (i.e., purse, or medium-sized day pack that can fit under airplane seat). It makes going through the airport MUCH easier, and you’re guaranteed that your bag is going to make it to your destination along with you.

A backpack is your best friend. With all of those flights, trains, and checking in and out of hotels you’re going to be doing, a backpack is going to make your life soooo much easier than hauling those clumsy wheeled bags! Personally, I prefer the travel packs that have a detachable day pack. This allows for you to have just ONE bag to worry about when you’re hopping on and off trains, walking to your hotel, taking cabs, etc. Osprey’s Farpoint series of packs are awesome! The Farpoint 55 is lightweight, with comfortable and ultra supportive straps, and fits within carry-on specifications. They have a lifetime, unlimited warranty, and they’re just all around great packs!!

For whatever luggage you’ve decided on, buy TSA approved luggage locks for them, and your day pack as well. If a would-be pick pocket sees that, chances are, they’ll move on to an easier target. Now don’t let that scare you. Most places you go aren’t going to be hives of scum and villainy, but there are always people who make their living by preying on unprepared tourists… Which is not going to be you!

Backpacking Tips For Backpack Travels

Traveling with a backpack in many ways allows you freedoms you will not find if you are burdened with conventional luggage.Backpacking affords you the ability to travel swiftly and lightly especially with bus and train travel.

On the usual suitcase vacation you find a suitable hotel and set it up as your home-base. With a properly equipped backpack, you are not anchored to just one location. You can also choose thriftier accommodations like bed and breakfasts and hostels, plus if you have the gear you can go camping as well.

Traveling abroad with a backpack is definitely the way to go if you wish to cover a lot of territory. Make sure to bring along a reliable and up to date guidebook to give you the basic background of the regions you travel through.Also a good translation guide will be necessary if you are not familiar with the local language.

Security is essential when backpacking. Because you conveniently have all your belongings stored in one place, you can lose everything you own in the blink of an eye. So always keep your backpack within reach and in plain sight because sadly, there are many opportunistic thieves the world over.

When choosing a backpack make sure that has good weather protection and is of a sturdy design.Most backpacks have water-resistant compartments to store your belongings but to be extra safe, bring along some large-sized zip lock bags to store your electronics, especially in bad weather. A good travelling backpack will have a sturdy but lightweight aluminum frame. This stops the contents from sagging and provides a more even distribution of weight.