What You Should Know Before Your Trip Begins
Before you go on a trip, it is important to know what you are going to encounter. Let me provide you with some tips that will help make your trip easier.
If you are an avid traveler, then you should know that there are a few things that need to be prepared before your trip.
Some of these include the following:
- Passport – Bring your passport and any other identification documents that might be required for the country or region in which you are traveling. Passport holders must also have their visas processed and organized before they head out of the country.
- Phone – It is good to have a backup phone just in case something happens with your main phone while abroad. You need to make sure you stay connected with family and friends back home, which is not a problem nowadays. You can use many kinds of communication apps such as Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, which allows you to access anywhere as long as there is a signal.
You should also learn some important things before you go backpacking. A lot can go wrong when you’re traveling across the country with minimal resources, i.e., whatever you can fit into a backpack. People get injured, pickpocketed, scammed, etc. So it’s important to have the appropriate knowledge to deal with such things. You should first and foremost learn how to apply a tourniquet and other first aid techniques, in case there is a severe injury to you and your mates, without a medical facility nearby. After that, you should know how to deal with scammers and thieves, and you should also learn the basics of the country you’re traveling to. It could be very helpful.
With the hard part covered, please take note of the following tips on how to make your backpacking experience as enjoyable as possible:
- Know your destination. Know the places you are going to and what kind of places you want to go to.
- Research the culture. If you know the people and their customs, it will be easier for you to understand them.
- Understand where your items may be different from what they are used to at home (Wei). For example, we may think of straw as a daily item, but not for other countries though.
- Be always open-minded. Keep an open mind about everything that could happen, and don’t always plan everything out beforehand.
Backpacking Essentials: What to Pack
There are a lot of things that you will need on your backpacking adventure to make sure that you have the best experience. For specific trips such as hiking or birdwatching, things like Binoculars or tripods are required. However, below are some of the more general backpacking essentials that you will need.
- You should always bring enough snacks and water for your trip, so make sure to pack some granola bars and water bottles.
- Bring a map or compass in case you get lost or want to explore on your own.
- Bring sunscreen because you don’t want to get sunburned.
- Always wear sturdy shoes for safety, but also for comfort. You may be walking up and down hills all day.
- Make sure you bring medicine, toiletries, electronics (chargers), and a first-aid kit.
How to Choose the Right Backpack for Your Trip
Backpacks are not just for school. And they are for travel. A backpack is an essential item for your trip, and you should be conscious of the options and features that might be important to you.
The right backpack will be comfortable, dependable, lightweight, durable, and versatile. It will carry all of your necessary items during your trip and keep them organized and safe.
Backpackers use backpacks because they are hands-free and allow them to move quickly in a variety of terrains while carrying all their necessities. They have a lot of compartments that make it easier to organize gear while traveling. They are also waterproof so that they can hold up in unpredictable weather conditions as well as various terrain types like snow or sand.
Backpacking is a great way to escape mundane life. However, it can also be challenging and overwhelming to someone who has never done it before. You need to know some of the most important things when backpacking how to pack, what to pack, and how much you should pack.
Packing requires a lot of time and effort because you want to make sure that you bring everything, you’ll need on your journey without overpacking and making your bag too heavy. The key is finding the right balance between what’s necessary and what’s comfortable for your needs.
What to pack is another important thing that people have trouble with before they embark on their travel journey. Also, remember that you are not alone in this experience. I suggest you should travel with your friends, families, or a backpacker’s group. It is still better to have company when you travel for safety reasons. Enjoy and keep safe!