Packing: useful things list for anyone from Offtrack Planet

Essential Items For All Seasons

  • a quick-dry travel towel with maximum absorption. This thing will keep you dry like nothing else. 
  • Water purification tablets (drinking funky water will definitely slow you down and spoil your trip) Here are some that will nuke bacteria in no time.
  • A sleeping sack: make it for free by sewing up two sides of an old folded sheet. This way you can be clever and avoid bed bugs, bodily fluids and other junk you don’t want touching your skin while you sleep. Use warmer materials for winter, like fleece.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of a good flashlight. Bring along an LED flashlight for overnight bus trips, night rummaging in hostels or scaring the shit out of your new friends with ghost stories.
  • Get a combination padlock to secure your bag for added security at your hostel . Check out anti-theft travel gear here
  • When it comes to toiletries, bring a small bottle of deodorant, toothpaste and 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner. Bring along some sunscreen and insect repellent. Buy disposable razors as you go. Since there are limitations on liquid sizes at airports, make sure you look up the regulations of the places you’ll be visiting and pack accordingly. Check out the U.S. official rules for liquids allowed. 
  • Ear plugs are useful to block out sounds at night – especially if there’s a couple boning close by you.  
  • Ladies, bring all feminine products you’ll need and seal them in a plastic bag – these can be bought along the way but your familiar brand may not be sold overseas.
  • If you plan on getting busy, pack your favorite brand of condoms. 
  • You’re bound to fall on your ass and pick up some scrapes and bruises along the way. You’re not an EMT, but bring these basics.
  • Of course, you’ll want to document your trip. Bring along a camera, a notebook and a pen.
  • In terms of entertainment, bring your mp3 player and a pack of cards. Bring an extra memory chip and battery pack for your camera along with a USB cable. Here are some cool gadgets to consider and some uncool gadgets to leave behind.
  • A small travel alarm clock to get your ass out of bed.  This becomes important when train and bus schedules dictate exact wake up times.
  • Before you leave, make sure you have all necessary documentation. Give our Defend Yourself Against Theft Abroad article a read for the specifics.

http://offtrackplanet.com/backpacking-101/backpackers-guide-101-backpacks-packing/

The whole series is here:

Backpackers Guide 101

but this section is so very good for almost any travel.

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