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Sure! Here's a list of 50 essential items to pack in your travel backpack, covering everything from travel documents to personal care and entertainment. These items are aimed at ensuring you are prepared for various situations while traveling:

Travel Documents and Essentials:

  1. Passport
  2. Visa (if required)
  3. Travel tickets (plane, train, etc.)
  4. Travel insurance documents
  5. Accommodation details
  6. Driver’s license or international driving permit
  7. Emergency contact information
  8. Copies of important documents
  9. Money and Finances:
  10. Wallet
  11. Credit/debit cards
  12. Cash (in local currency)
  13. Travel money belt or neck wallet
  14. Electronics and Accessories:
  15. Smartphone
  16. Phone charger
  17. Portable power bank
  18. Laptop/tablet and charger
  19. Universal travel adapter
  20. Headphones or earbuds
  21. Camera and accessories
  22. Memory cards
  23. E-reader or book
  24. Portable Wi-Fi hotspot (if needed)
  25. Personal Care Items:
  26. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  27. Travel-sized shampoo and conditioner
  28. Body wash or soap
  29. Deodorant
  30. Hairbrush or comb
  31. Razor and shaving cream
  32. Makeup and skincare products
  33. Sunscreen
  34. Lip balm
  35. Hand sanitizer
  36. Facial tissues
  37. Prescription medications
  38. First aid kit (band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers)
  39. Clothing and Accessories:
  40. Change of clothes (based on climate and activities)
  41. Underwear and socks
  42. Comfortable shoes
  43. Lightweight jacket or raincoat
  44. Hat or cap
  45. Sunglasses
  46. Scarf or shawl
  47. Sleepwear
  48. Travel Comfort Items:
  49. Travel pillow
  50. Eye mask
  51. Earplugs
  52. Reusable water bottle
  53. Snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit)
  54. Miscellaneous Items:
  55. Reusable shopping bag
  56. Notebook and pen

Tips for Packing Your Backpack:

Organize with Packing Cubes: Use packing cubes to keep your clothes and accessories organized.

Roll Your Clothes: Rolling clothes can save space and reduce wrinkles.

Keep Essentials Accessible: Place travel documents, money, and electronics in easily accessible compartments.

Check Weight Limits: Ensure your backpack is within airline carry-on size and weight limits.

By packing these essentials, you'll be well-prepared for a variety of travel situations and can enjoy a more comfortable and organized journey.

Preparing for a trip involves making sure you have all the necessary items to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. Here is a comprehensive list of things to buy and pack before traveling:


Don't forget to pack your adapters, especially if you're going to be a bit of a digital nomad! Buying one in the airport or on arrival can be pretty expensive, and they are often weirdly hard to find. On Amazon, you can buy a  two pack of EU Adapters for just £4.39. Two adapters should be enough for your travels so you can charge and use your laptop, phone, camera, hairdryer and more.


We all know that sinking feeling when our phone runs out of battery on the road. Bring a portable phone charger so that you can give your phone some juice on the go. You don't want to have your phone die when you're lost in the city or up a mountain (and you'll be gutted to miss the photo opportunities.
One of our favorite affordable portable phone chargers is the Anker PowerCore 10000 Redux ..


Always carry a water bottle to stay hydrated on the road. Most travel backpacks have a water bottle compartment so it's easy to reach when you're walking around. Not only are reusable water bottles better for the environment but they're also a great way to save money so that you don't have to keep buying more.
Tip: check out BottleUp for lighter, cheaper re-useable water bottles made out of sugar cane.


If you forget this bad boy, you'll regret it forever. If you're looking to buy a new travel camera, check out our favourite travel cameras for under £900. Nowadays your smartphone camera is probably good quality enough to capture great shots so try taking an old fashioned disposable camera instead.


Shampoo and conditioner bottles can be bulky to carry and they take up a lot of room in a backpack. Instead, you can fill up smaller-sized bottles with your hair liquids to save space. You can buy these small reusable bottles from most pharmacies and supermarkets. Better yet, invest in some sustainable shampoo or conditioner bars for your hair and support the zero waste movement. These eco-friendly soap bars are plastic free and create zero waste because you end up using the whole product (and the bar lasts ages)!


Every backpacker should carry a first aid kit, especially if you'll be doing a bit of exploring in the wild. You can buy a first aid kit from Amazon for £7.99.

1. Travel Essentials:

Luggage: Ensure you have suitable luggage, such as a suitcase, carry-on bag, and a backpack or day bag.

Travel Documents: Buy a passport holder or travel wallet to keep your passport, visas, tickets, and other important documents organized.

Money: Get a travel wallet to keep your cash, credit/debit cards, and travel cards organized and secure.

2. Packing Organizers:

Packing Cubes: These help organize clothes and maximize suitcase space.

Compression Bags: Useful for reducing the volume of bulky items like jackets and sweaters.

Toiletry Bag: A travel-sized toiletry bag with compartments for toiletries and personal care items.

3. Clothing and Accessories:

Clothes: Pack according to the climate and activities planned. Include comfortable shoes, sleepwear, and appropriate outfits for different occasions.

Travel-Sized Laundry Kit: Includes a small bottle of detergent, a sink stopper, and a travel clothesline.

Rain Gear: Lightweight, packable raincoat or poncho and a compact umbrella.

Accessories: Hats, sunglasses, scarves, and belts.

4. Toiletries and Personal Care:

Travel-Sized Toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, etc.

Personal Care Items: Razor, shaving cream, makeup, skincare products, hairbrush, hair ties, etc.

First Aid Kit: Basic kit with bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any prescription medications.

5. Technology and Gadgets:

Phone and Charger: Ensure you have your phone, charger, and a portable power bank.

Adapters and Converters: Universal power adapter and voltage converter if traveling to a country with different electrical outlets.

Camera: A camera or smartphone with a good camera, extra memory cards, and batteries.

Headphones or Earbuds: Noise-canceling headphones or earbuds for flights and travel.

6. Travel Comfort Items:

Travel Pillow: Neck pillow for comfort during flights or long journeys.

Blanket: Lightweight travel blanket for added warmth.

Eye Mask and Earplugs: For better sleep during travel.

7. Snacks and Hydration:

Reusable Water Bottle: A collapsible or insulated water bottle to stay hydrated.

Snacks: Non-perishable snacks like nuts, granola bars, or dried fruit for the journey.

8. Safety and Security:

Locks: TSA-approved luggage locks for your bags.

Money Belt or Neck Wallet: To keep your valuables secure while exploring.

RFID-Blocking Wallet: To protect your credit cards from electronic theft.


Continue to do your bit for the environment while you're travelling and get yourself a reusable coffee cup. Whether you fancy a hot drink to-go from a nearby cafe, the free hostel breakfast or the kettle from your private room, you know it will come in handy on multiple occasions throughout your trip. You can even buy Collapsible coffee cups these days meaning they'll take up hardly any space so there's no excuse!

9. Health and Wellness:

Hand Sanitizer and Masks: Travel-sized hand sanitizer, masks, and disinfectant wipes.

Travel Insurance: Purchase travel insurance for health, trip cancellation, and luggage protection.

10. Entertainment:

Books or E-Reader: Books, magazines, or an e-reader for reading during downtime.

Travel Games: Portable games or a deck of cards for entertainment.

11. Miscellaneous:

Travel Guidebook or Map: For information about your destination.

Reusable Shopping Bag: For shopping or carrying extra items.

Tips for Packing:

Make a Packing List: Write down everything you need to ensure you don’t forget anything.

Pack Light: Try to pack only what you need and avoid overpacking.

Check Airline Restrictions: Be aware of weight limits and restrictions on liquids and carry-on items.

Layering: Use clothing layers to adapt to changing weather conditions.

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