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Backpack essentials for traveling

Ok then, you have decided to travel, right? Do you have an idea about what you need to carry? Packing your bag might not seem a big task, but you don’t want to leave anything at home and feel angry with yourself while traveling. Taking everything into the count, we have rounded up a great list of backpack essentials for traveling.

Before you worry about the content, you should choose an ideal backpack for the travel.


How to select a backpack for travel?

Most people select a suitcase or a travel bag for traveling and end up complaining about the container rather than blaming themselves. If you are an adventurous traveler or someone looking for versatility, a backpack would be a smarter choice with less hassle. Backpacks would save your money for airfares and help your travel activities too.

Let’s see what you need to think before you purchase one,

  • Space
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backpack sizes

First, you must figure out where you are going and how many days you will spend before picking your backpack. Then you can focus on the size and space of the backpack. Go for a one with multiple compartments. You will understand why, later in the article.

  • Front-loading

It is not fun to rummage deep down to get stuff you packed at the bottom of your bag. So consider a backpack with front-loading rather than top-loading.

  • Laptop compartment

A padded laptop compartment is a must. I think no need for any clarification on the importance of it.

  • Security options
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backpack locker

Your choice of the backpack should have a couple of security features in it. Like slash-proof materials, zippers with rings, should also be compatible with other security accessories like wire-locks.

  • Rain covers

Not only rain covers protect your stuff from rain, but they also help your backpack to remain clean from dirt and dust.

So now you know how to purchase your backpack, let’s move into the ingredients. This is a detailed list, and we do not include clothes and footwear on the list as every trip is unique and different. Also, we see you are not letting your costumes at home!

Backpack essentials for traveling

  • General essentials and Toiletries
  • Emergency Essentials 

General essentials

  •   Water filter bottle
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water bottle

You can’t drink tap water in most parts of the world, as it is not safe. These water filter bottles are capable enough to kill bacteria, and these bottles filter the bad taste out from any form of water except for seawater. So it is a must-pack backpack item.

  • Portable charger / Power bank
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power bank

How about that feeling, when your mobile device dies while you are in a 20-hour flight. If the battery inevitably dies, you must be ready with your power bank.

  • Travel towel

Ordinary towels take up considerable space in your backpack; to avoid it, we suggest you consider a travel towel as they are very lightweight and dry up fast.

  • Camera and additional memory
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If you are not a photographer or travel blogger, probably you don’t need a DSLR to include as most of the smartphones these days are capable enough to fulfill your requirement. But mid-range cameras won’t eat much of a room. Remember your memory cards and don’t buy cheap ones as they tend to corrupt easily.

  • Padlocks 

Few square centimeters will save your entire travel! You may fall asleep while on the trip, or travel on a crowded train, no matter what, safety should always be number one. Not only padlocks can use as a protector to your backpack, but it can also add extra security for your belongings once you go out of your hotel.

  • Travel adaptor

This is a vital piece we tend to forget. When you are traveling to different countries, you might see all the sockets are not the same and won’t match your tech gadget. This is where world travel adaptor becomes handy.

  • A multi-tool

You will need no third party assistance to repair your sunglasses, cut a knot, slice a piece of cheese, or open a bottle if you bring this small tool with you. On top of all, you will look so smart.

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bottle opener

Also, don’t forget to bring the following items too,

  • Sunglasses and a sun hat
  • Duct tape
  • Goggles
  • Torch
  • Eye mask and earplugs


  • First aid kit

You never know when you are going to need it as most of the travel consist of different activities. Your kit should include pain killers, Paracetamol, plasters, etc..

  • Hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer must be one of your first-picks considering the prevailing situation of the world and the days to come. Select a one with more than 70% of alcohol.

  • Feminine Hygiene

This may be irrelevant for the male travelers, but if you are female, be mindful to include sufficient sanitary pads.

There are more,

  • Sun cream
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Shaver
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume

Emergency Essentials 

  • Copy of your passport

This is another must-carry thing. Before you leave, you should include two copies of your passport. Keep one in your wallet and another one in your backpack.

  • Extra money

What if the teller machines are not working at the only available place at your destination? It’s always advisable to have some cash in your wallet. Even you can keep some in your backpack. If your purse gets stolen or lost; you should be ready with a second option.

  • Additional credit/ debit card
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credit cards

As described, the same thing applies here too. Request a secondary card from your bank. If they don’t facilitate your request, open up another account in a different bank and have an extra card, and keep it in your backpack while you are on travel.

We feel there are lots of underrated items included in our list. If you think there are more backpack essentials for traveling, share with us by commenting below.

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