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10 best backpacking tips and tricks

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Ten essential backpacking tips; from how to pack, to how to save cash on the road.

You’ve packed your passport, you’ve triple checked your flight times and got accommodation sorted. So you’re ready to go, right? Wrong.

Whether you’re enjoying a gap-year after school, a break from your career, or just an extended holiday abroad, backpacking often involves more in-depth preparation than the usual holiday checklist. How far to stretch your budget, how to handle transfers between various places, as well as constantly being on the go, can take some careful consideration.

Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your backpacking experience and have a stress-free holiday:

Before you go

1. Do your research

Although a large aspect of the backpacking experience should be spontaneity, this doesn’t mean that a bit of prior research should be avoided completely. Not only will having a flick through the guidebooks give you a bit of inspiration on how to structure your trip, it will get you well and truly excited about embarking on your forthcoming travels.backpacking,backpacking,backpacking

2. Pack sensibly

Besides beating the usual airline baggage charges, you also have to bear in mind that your load will be on your back for longer than the average traveller. So pack sensibly. Do you really need 40 pairs of socks? 10 books? Nine bottles of sun cream? Remember that even though you are abroad you can still wash clothes and buy toiletries, so save that space for more necessities. And although you may be working on a budget, certain pricier purchases such as an e-reader could save you a lot of space!

Similarly, the way you pack could save a lot of hassle. Have essential items such as sunglasses and travel documents near the top and things that you won’t need straight away, like bulky items of clothing or shoes, at the bottom of your rucksack.backpacking,backpacking,backpacking

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