How to Build the Ultimate Travel Pack
Backpackers benefit immensely when they put time and energy into what they bring with them. There are smart, travel-sized items all the way to innovative backpack tools that help them stay safe and comfortable whether they sleep in hostels or under the stars. With so many different options, it is imperative that you know how you like to travel and what tools are available to help you enjoy yourself more comfortably, even with a smaller budget.
A Professional Travel Pack
Not only do travel packs help you maximize space, but they are also designed to help you redistribute the weight as effectively as possible. Considering how much weight you will likely be carrying on your back, the importance of a professional travel pack cannot be emphasized enough.
Travel toiletries are definitely one of the items that will make the biggest difference. Microfiber towels dry quickly and pack away tightly. Foldable brushes and other grooming supplies also count.
When it comes to the actual washing items, like soap or hair conditioner, try to stick to bars. Shampoo bars and bars of soap don’t apply towards your liquid limit and are easier (and smaller) to pack away.
On the Go Electronics
We cannot live today without our electronics, and that is perfectly acceptable. What electronics you bring, however, can either be a boon to you or a drag. Bulky, heavy laptops should almost always stay home. Stick to tablets instead if you can, especially as you can easily add a tap keyboard with ease.
Other electronics you will want to invest in include:
- Solar charger
- Backup battery
- Multi-region adapter
- Unlocked phone
- SIM Cards
Tips to Keep Your Pack Budget Friendly
Travel packs can become very, very expensive. Unfortunately, when items are lighter and easy to pack, they often carry a high price tag. Camping equipment especially falls under this rule, so stick with the necessities, look for discounts, and remember to check back again during sales for items you want.
Look for Discounts and Coupons
When buying anything, always look online for coupons first. Keep an eye open for any discounts from big discount department stores like Walmart all the way to specialty sports stores. If you are on a particularly tight budget, then places like Walmart are going to be your friend. Just do yourself the favor of checking for any Walmart coupons before you buy to save even more.
Only Buy What You Need
The biggest way you will waste money is by buying items that you don’t need. That is why it is a good idea to stick to the necessities first, and then continue to build your pack from there, so you know how you travel and what you need to make it more comfortable.
Swap, or Buy Second-Hand
Some items you can save by buying second-hand or even swapping with someone else, but you do want to be careful, however, and only buy barely used items. Saving on someone’s failed adventure is fine, but it’s not a good idea to try and trust items that have seen a lot of use over the years.