Essential Items to Take on Any Backpacking Trip

I spent several weeks researching and buying backpacking gear online and I know how much times it takes to find the best value brands. Therefore, I compiled a convenient packing list with items that you shouldn’t miss on a long backpacking trip.

What are your must-haves for the next adventure trip? Let me know in the comments below.

The Top Backpacking Gear I Can’t Leave Without


Osprey Aether 60l Backpack: 60 liters are more than enough for 3 months on the road. Loads of travelers in Southeast Asia asked me about this backpack, it is an amazing quality and really convenient to pack. Must-have!
Eagle Creek Packing cubes: Keep your backpack neat and tidy and separate clean from dirty laundry.
Vaude Trail light daypack: The sleekest daypack I have found so far. Don’t need it? Just fold it and put it in your main pack.
Sea to Summit Toiletry bag: Very practical, with integrated hanger and mirror. Perfect for tiny hostel bathrooms.

Apparel & Accessories

Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 Trainers:  Sneaker meets hiking boot. They don’t take up as much space as hiking boots and let your feet breathe even in the hottest climates.
Highlander Micro Fiber towels: Micro fiber towels are a must for every long term traveler! They take up minimal space, don’t smell and dry overnight.
Rollei Underwater Case for iPhone: If you want to take some great shots on the beach or on snorkeling trips, get this practical case.
Supernatural Merino Clothes: The only fabric that will keep you cool and dry in tropical climates. No more sweat stains…

Entertainment & Gadgets

Kindle Paperwhite: The best investment you can make. Don’t carry around heavy books; that’s so 1990’s…
Inateck sleek, magnetic Kindle cover: Your Kindle also needs protection.
Lonely Planet Guide: Southeast Asia: Great budget travel insider tips on where to sleep, eat, go, play…
Tecknet 15000mAh Powerbank: Because running out of power sucks when you are in the middle of nowhere. Enough for 4-5 iPhone charges. I couldn’t imagine traveling without an external battery anymore.


LED torch: Small but powerful. Will come in handy when your hostel has a power outage.
Samsonite TSA lock: You don’t want strangers to snoop through your backpack, do you?


Basic Nature travel pillow: Because I can’t sleep without one in a bus, train, or plane.

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