Category: Survival

Must-Learn Backpacking Tips For Beginners

Backpacking is no doubt a wonderful experience, and many have aspired to have such a trip to relax and just see the world. As it is known, this act of travelling will only necessitate the presence of a trusty backpack, along with the essentials inside it. But it so happens that even with the limited luggage size, it involves much more preparation.


Hence, supposing you are a beginner backpacker, it is best to get to know these tips to get you ready to face the uncertainties and adventures of this kind of journey.

First of all, you have to start small. Do not go all out just yet. You can think of this as the trial period. Schedule a weekend, perhaps, and make it to be a nearby area. This will be the time you will decide if you like what you are doing and if you are willing to continue it.

It is, of course, of extreme importance to dwell a lot on the gear you are to bring. You have to invest on a bag that is very sturdy to carry all your things. Test if you can be able to handle its overall weight as well. Beforehand, you have to think of possible problem scenarios. For example, what if it rains? What if you do not get to have phone signal? What if you end up in a place without electricity? Be prepared to face and solve such situations by packing the right stuff.

Having a companion may be advantageous too. When you are with someone else, at the very least you have the backup when small and big difficulties arise. On top of that, researching before you travel is a must. Get to know your route as much as you can. Read blogs and take note of advices that will make the tour easier and more enjoyable.

Travellers Must-Have Items

Adventure is the dream of every traveller. And in that every dream adventure of that aspiring traveller, there is always that mystery and maybe danger coming in the way. Since being a traveller is not all that safe as it may seem, being able to prepare essential stuffs and items for the journey is really a must.

Today, many aspiring travellers just doesn’t have that enough experience to be able to survive the wilderness experience or in even outdoors. Because of this, every aspiring travellers must be able to have at least an idea about what should they be bringing on to their journey. These travellers must have items can guide them. These are mostly essential for an adventurer’s good start in their journey. With these essential must have items, traveller’s can enjoy their journey without having difficulty adjusting to certain environment. They can still experience the comfort that they can feel at home even when they are on a journey, may it be in the wilderness or outdoors.

A successful expedition or adventure has first of all to do with your attitude, mental capacity and focus. Living in the wilderness or outdoor is after all hard.

Sleeping Bag
One of the most important things that a traveller should bring is the sleeping bag. It is important for a traveller to be able to sleep well during the night. After all the hiking, running, walking and other activities, you will really need a good night’s rest, don’t you think? Having enough night’s rest can fuel your energy for the next day’s another journey and adventure.

Well, a mattress is comfort for your sleeping, do have one. Choose a foam ridge rest or an inflatable mattress – or both for full protection. A puncture on the inflatable one is not unusual.

A tent is also important. It will be like your won house wherever you will be staying for the night. You could always just sleep outside, but using a tent can offer you more private space for yourself. And also, there may be dangers in the place you are staying; being inside the tent may help at least, for your protection.

Stove (pots, pans, eating utensils)
Foods are important and you should be able to cook them. Warm and tasty foods are after all essential to get piece of mind and energy for the day’s journey. If venturing into the developing world, petrol is the only choice as fuel or firewood. But then you have to know how to make a fire.

Good thermal clothes are the best choice for any climate. Trousers and shirt plus rain-and-wind gear can help give space for your knees and elbow thus making you be able to move freely.

It is highly suggested that you should wear sneakers. It gives ease in every activities you do as well as comfort.

Head cover, Head lamp and Batteries
A head cover, preferably a big-brimmed one, makes a big difference in any climate really. It shields you from sun, rain and overheating – or getting too cold. A head lamp is extremely important to be able to set up camp, cook and survive when it’s dark and make sure that you have enough batteries to replace the non-working ones.

There is already GPS, but don’t use it too much often. You may need a lot of batteries to be able to use it. Only use the GPS for security, not for navigation. Instead, use the manual compass for you to be able to be extremely aware where you are and what you’re surrounding looks like.

First Aid Kit
This may be the most important item. You will need some basic medicine to keep you going until you can get proper help.

Knife, Lighters, Matches and Duct tape
Knife is very important. You will need it from making a good fire to cutting your foods. It may also come in handy for other things. Lighters and matches will help you build fire and don’t underestimate the use of duct tape. It can pretty much fix anything.

Waterbottle or a CamelBak
Water is very essential to your travel. It will keep you hydrated.

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Soap, and Towel
Hygiene is also important even you are travelling. Opt to have your toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap and towels ready. You may not be able to take your bathe everyday during your travel, but at least you have them ready when you will be able to do so.

Maps, Passport, Money and other essential documents like Cellphone and Camera or even Solar Panel.




You could say the word is as stellar as when you say the word “organic” so that healthy diners would want to eat your dishes. It’s a buzzword. It’s a traveller’s nightmare turning into dreams.

Many say it’s the solution to creative blocks. Others say it helped them find their purpose in becoming entrepreneurs.

I say that we should just travel for the sake of travelling.

Travelling is expensive. For some people, that expense could just be the plane ticket. Some people consider the lack of time travelling as part of the troublesome expense when it comes to travelling.

But backpacking should solve expenses, right?

Wrong. When you go backpacking, you put yourself in harms way. Of course, you don’t do that headfirst. What I meant to say is that things will and will continue to happen.

I haven’t heard of a traveller who had a happy start with backpacking. Even my first backpacking experience didn’t go so well.

Picture this. I only had £1000 in my pocket and I had no reservations, but I was lost in Bali, Indonesia. I didn’t speak a word of the local dialect and could only cue to people what I want to do.

Right there and there, I realised that I was getting lost. At first I was afraid. I was thinking, “how am I going to go home?”,”I might get robbed”, “what am I supposed to do?”

A fellow named Robert Burns was an American who spoke the dialect very well. He helped me out when I was paying for the bus. Then he helped me get a hotel room for myself. I wanted to pay him for his help, but he said:

It’s your first backpacking trip, I know. It’s rough but it’s fun, right?”

Until now, we’re still talking and backpacking together along with other friends we’ve come on the road.

This is what real backpacking is. At least for me.

It’s about meeting new people, making new relationships. Seeing the world through different lenses. Working with small budgets. Sleeping in trains or taking 8-hour flights.

Whichever works for you, as long as you pick up the right values and experience the good things you’re looking for, you’re having the right sense of what is backpacking.