Pack Like A Pro: What To Bring On A Backpacking Holiday

Looking to travel light and in style? Emma and Steffan from InWanderment share tried and tested packing strategies plus a list of must-have items to make your backpacking adventure unforgettable. From creating a versatile capsule wardrobe to clothing essentials for different climates, our expert travellers help you stay organised so you can enjoy your journey in comfort and hassle-free. Prepare for a seamless adventure and browse our Hot Summer Collection for all your holiday kit. 

Tips For Packing

Embarking on a holiday with just a backpack can be a daunting task, but fear not, with our tried and tested experience for packing, you'll be able to travel light and in style. To begin with, we'll share our favourite ways to keep the load lighter. 

A Capsule Wardrobe

Firstly, a capsule wardrobe is essential for maximising your wardrobe options. Opt for clothing that can be easily mixed and matched, such as tops without logos or neutral colours, which can be brightened up with a colourful scarf. 

Pack Down To Save Space

Rolling your clothes saves space and keeps your clothes crease-free. It's also worth choosing darker colours for your wardrobe, as they hide stains and go with everything. Don't forget to utilise the space inside your hiking boots or shoes for items such as plug adapters, socks, and cables. Additionally, adding any heavier items to your personal bag on the plane is a smart move, as these bags are rarely weighed, and it's difficult to reach the weight limits.


Also, compression or packing cubes are a lifesaver, helping you to double your packing space and keep your belongings organised. These cubes are also ideal for compressing larger items, such as down jackets or fleeces.


Think About Weight

Weight is a crucial consideration when packing. Choose lighter options, such as thermal leggings or linen fabric instead of heavier trousers. Also, consider washing your clothes more frequently, as carrying a foldaway kitchen bowl and a travel washing line means you can be self-sufficient and avoid expensive laundry bills.



Climate Makes A Difference

If you're planning on travelling to different climates, you need to double up on items that are suitable for both hot and cold climates, such as thin, breathable long-sleeved tops. Additionally, always check if the items you purchase pack down, as there are many items available these days, including inflatable pillows, packable bed sheets, and eye masks.


What To Pack

Now you have a few tips up your sleeve, it's important to make lists of items you know you'll need on your adventure. It's easy to pack too much or forget the essentials. We've jotted down our travel must-haves to help you tailor your packing. 


Your Beauty Sleep

A good night's sleep is essential, so don't forget to pack earplugs, an eye mask and a travel pillow. 


Elevate your comfort level and ensure peace of mind while sleeping in unfamiliar places, like on a night train, with packable sleeping bag liners. Instead of relying on the cleanliness of the bedding provided, use your own sheet for an added layer of reassurance.


Opt For Quick Dry Fabrics

Quick-dry clothes are lightweight, breathable, and dry fast after handwashing or in hot weather, making them a must-have. A microfibre travel towel is also a valuable item, as it packs down to the size of an envelope and can be used as a beach towel.


Ready For All Weather

Packing for all climates is essential, so include waterproofs, thermals, sun dresses, SPF clothing, and insect repellent clothing such as the Craghoppers range. A water filter bottle with a filtration system is also a smart accessory, as it keeps you hydrated on adventure days and allows you to drink tap water in certain countries while protecting you from bugs.


Your Trusty Camp Setup

Camping accessories are surprisingly useful for backpacking, including washing lines, folding kitchen sinks, lunch boxes, and food containers, all of which save money and make you more self-sufficient. A dry sack for your washing or beach days is also an excellent item to keep your belongings dry, or it can be used in your bag to keep wet or damp clothes away from dry ones. Shampoo and conditioner bars are a lifesaver instead of heavy liquids, saving space and they're eco-friendly. Don't forget to pack your flip flops for those beach days or communal showers and toilets, you won't regret it!


Safety First

A money belt is an essential accessory for keeping your money and cards protected when out and about, and make sure it's RFID rated to stop unwanted scanning of your cards and protect your information. TSA combination locks are also a smart choice for protecting your bags when travelling.


Bug Spray

Don't let pesky bugs ruin your adventure. Protect yourself with insect repellant, antihistamines, and bite relief clicker. These essential items will keep you comfortable and focused on exploring.


Travel Easy

Ensure a smooth entry into foreign countries by carrying your immunisation records with you. Keep them secure in a money belt or your pack to prevent misplacing them. Some countries require proof of immunisations upon arrival, so don't forget this crucial travel item.


Your Health

Be proactive about your health while travelling. Research whether you need malaria or altitude sickness tablets for your destination. Don't forget the basics like headache pills and hydration sachets to stay comfortable and hydrated throughout your journey. A little preparation goes a long way in ensuring a healthy and enjoyable trip.

So, there you have it – our advice for packing it all into one bag without sacrificing a bit of luxury. Don't forget to drop into your nearest Cotswold Store to get a professional pack fitting. Their experts know which backpacks would suit your journey combining your personal preference with practicality. 


If you want to learn more about our travels, check our website for more information or follow us on Instagram. You’ll find personable accounts of our adventures, heaps more travel tips and inspirational stories to get you psyched for your next adventure.


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Thanks to Emma and Steffan for sharing their story with us. Browse the full Hot Summer Collection and stop by your nearest store for advice on finding the perfect kit.

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