Backpacking: the essential

Backpacking through Europe is a veritable right of passage for young people from around the world. Seeing Paris for the first time, exploring the Italian countryside or rambling through ancient Spanish streets - Europe is a treasure trove of memorable experiences and exciting adventures. When it comes to packing for such a journey, it's important to pack light and bring only the essentials like good boots and a great walking jacket. For the ultimate backpacking checklist, look no further.

A Good Backpack

Invest in something substantial that will endure the wear and tear of being on the road. Pricier backpacks are worth the additional cost as they typically have strong internal frames which make them both easier to carry, stronger and more durable. It's also a good idea to source one with lots of compartments and even detachable smaller bags.

An Alarm Clock

European adventures may involve the odd two week respite in a sleepy village somewhere idyllic, but the average journey is not without a rather rigid timetable. Often times trains, planes and even buses will need to be booked in advance, meaning that you'll need to be working to a schedule more than most people anticipate. And don't forget - 
plan with time zone differences in mind (in advance!)

Plenty of socks and pants

It's important to pack light, but not too light. Be sure to pack enough of each to see you through at least a week of travels without a stop for laundry. Even when trousers and jumpers are reaching the end of their freshness - a clean pair of socks or pants can breathe new life into a tired ensemble.


There are few things that will define your trip more than the soundtrack that accompanies such an exciting and memorable journey. Chances are you'll spend a lot of time waiting and traveling, so having some great music to pass the time is key. Backpacking also means meeting lots of new people, who can introduce you to all sorts of interesting new things, including music.

A Decent Camera

Capturing the fun, the beauty and the memories of a backpacking journey is one of the most important parts of any adventure. Having a camera that is both durable and compact, is the best bet for adventurers on the go. With apps like Facebook, Flickr and Instagram, you can easily connect with new friends, documenting and sharing all the adventures along the way.

When it comes to packing for a backpacking trip, it's important to travel light while still including everything you need. Compartmentalizing is the easiest way to manage your things when you're packing and unpacking every few days so being organised is key. With this list of essentials, the journey is sure to be a great one.


Blog countersfree countersLocations of visitors to this page