Back in the days I started preparing my stuff weeks before departure. I come up with elaborate packing lists of what to take with me. And sincerely, I’ve always overpacked. I leaved with a tank full of suitcases, only to return a week or two after that with most of my luggage never been touched.
I used to pack few changes of winter clothes, few changes of summer clothes and few changes of in-between clothes no matter where I went. I also made sure to have at least 4 pairs of shoes, and a backpack of snacks.
Moving from place to place was elaborate experience. Someone observing might say that a camel caravan is moving to the next oasis.
It was all before. For me, traveling was more of a nightmare instead of a pleasant experience. And I learned to travel light. I learned to be flexible. I learned a lot the hard way. Let me share my favorite tips with you now:
- Pack light!
This is the most important point for me. Pack the mere essentials. Never overpack Make sure you have a middle sized 50lbs backpack. Don’t be tempted to get the larger 70 lbs one, as I can tell you, you will manage to fill it up rather quickly. And swinging around with a 70 lbs on your back is certainly not an enjoyable experience.
- Pack only one change of clothes
and a few days of underwear. If you are to travel in the hot summer days, make sure you get a bandana and dark-colored clothes. You will sweat no matter what, just accept it. Sweat marks are not visible on dark colored tops.
- Make sure you have additional pair of shoes.
If you are to travel rough terrain, you’d better take some good boots with you – here are some tips on what to look for when buying good boots. I prefer dark colored boots – brown or black.
- Make sure you check to which airport you are going
the day before departure. As most big cities have more than one airport, you’ll save a lot of hassle if you know your direction upfront.
- Be flexible with your time and itinerary.
Or at least with one of these. You could find some amazing deals on the cheap if you are flexible and have enough time. Sure enough the usual hitchhiking methods still works, but you could find some really affordable flights here. Take your time, enjoy the whole experience at the fullest and don’t rush. That brings me to the next..
- Plan your whole trip.
Make sure you steer on the side of precaution, though. Don’t assume you will see the best sight-seeings in one-two hours and then catch your next flight. Stay at least two days in every place you visit.
What is your favorite backpacking tip? Share in the comments below!