Travel Kit Articles and Travel Advice
A day bag is an essential piece of equipment for any backpacker. You'll end up using it as your personal safe with most of your valuables so keep it close at all times.
The ultimate list of essential extras we recommend you pack for your gap year to help you stay safe & healthy during your big trip. Make sure these things are in your bag!
A packing list will help you remember the forgettable. Print off this packing list and make sure you've got everything you need for you gap year.
The first thing you need to think about is what kind of trip you are doing - backpacking or an expedition. For most people’s gap year travel needs, a travelpack is the best bet for comfort, security and peace of mind. The most important thing is that your luggage is comfortable, it won’t fall apart halfway through your trip and it makes your travels as simple as possible.
How to pack your backpack is an art and it's what backpacking is all about. Here's some hints and tips on packing your backpack for your gap year.
The most important thing to realise is that the weight is not borne on your back. Your hips and shoulders should be doing the work. If it is a bit of a heavy bugger, and trust me, it will be in the end, never ever ever ever ever ever pick it up with a bent back. So, how do you do it?
Don't worry, this isn't the part where we tell you that brown is the new black, or pants are the new pixie boots. However, a knowledge of the standards of appropriate female dress in the countries you visit can make all the difference to the way locals treat you. In my humble opinion, dressing appropriately is really important.
You're a backpacker, therefore it is your job to put a 'pack' on your 'back'. It's essential that you get a good one. If you're on a long trip, or have never had a backpack before, why not get a new one? Our 'Travel Kit' section is a good place to start if you're looking for a new backpack, but you're gonig to need to know which one to get first.