Love backpacking, but hate the backpack? If you’re a littlun like me, whose back quivers at the mere thought of a lugging a heavy backpack through your gap year, worry not – there’s a different way.
Step One: Divide necessities from non-essentials, then stuff the latter into a small pulley-style travelling bag. I’ve pulled a tiny travelling bag around the continent, the Middle East, Southeast Asia; get one small enough, stuffed solely with garments, and even the smallest of littluns will be able to carry it when flat roads aren’t around. If any traveller tells you you’re ‘not doing it right’, use your brand new Backpack to swing at them.
Step Two: The handbag! The lifesaver, the Mary Poppins, the items without which you may Die. It should contain
1. Hand sanitizers
When travelling the attractive wide world, you’ll encounter several not-so-beautiful bathrooms. A necessity; solely a few quid from Boots and lasts months.
Lots of tissues. For reason above.
3. Rain mac
The nerdy sort, that you will stuff inside its own very little bag. Unless you’re headed for the Sahara Desert.
4. Air cushion
Now, this may sound like Deluxe Travel instead of backpacking. However, why toss and turn on a plane/train/bus when you can snuggle with your travel pillow? The same principle as the rain mac; fits deflated inside its own bag.
Take pill packets out of boxes, and fit neatly together in a string purse or spare eyeglasses case. just remember to mark which of them are which.
I prefer very little and light instead of fancy and clumsy. but ne’er find yourself in a lovely sunset over a surprising beach with baby turtles hatching, and only your will-fail-someday memory to capture it.
7. Travel Diary
To remember that weirdo you met on the beach and the way you got ripped off shopping for a rasta’s homemade mixtape (don’t ask).
For when you feel distant from home, your favourite tunes ne’er fail to cheer you up. Don’t forget the pod’s charger and adapter plug.
9. Guidebook, with map and printouts
A happy traveller is an organized traveller. Don’t realise too late the world’s oldest kebab shop was solely around the corner and you missed it – a bit Googling goes an extended way.
But if you didn’t think of that already, give up now.
There – easy. Gone are the days of back pain, having to lean slightly forward all the time, and realising your urgently-needed item is at the bottom of your backpack. Your bag should still be fairly lightweight, and tucked below your arm is much less of a target for pickpockets than a backpack.
With the feminist weapon enabling solo travel for little people, you’re now set for painless worldwide adventures.
Do read my article for essentials on Camping Trip.