Tips for Going Backpacking

Backpacking can be a great experience for any traveller. Taking just the bare minimum with you and living entirely out of your backpack is a daunting, as well as a thrilling prospect. Backpacking can be one of the most amazing adventures in life. Some people think that figuring out what you are going to take with you and planning a trip around a country or even around the world backpacking can help you learn a great deal about yourself.

While you are looking toward what can be the best time of your life, be aware that backpacking comes with some obvious risks; from getting lost to encountering some less than friendly people, so it's important to follow a few basic rules to stay safe during your travels. It's not enough to just choose from the best backpacking tents, grab some clothes and be on your way - use these tips to keep yourself safe and healthy.

1. Use a belt bag. They may not look very trendy, but there is nothing better for keeping your money and important documents safe (and there is nothing worse than losing them!)

2. Carry a first aid kit. Make sure you pack everything from bandages and insect repellent to chapstick and sunscreen. You should pack everything you need to help small cuts and to keep comfortable.

3. Try to travel with somebody. If you have a travelling buddy, great! Otherwise, just sticking to frequented areas or finding somebody going the same places you are and travelling with them is perfect.

4. Let people know your itinerary. Find somebody who you can trust to alert authorities if you don't arrive at your destination on time and let them know where you plan to be. It's difficult to be found if nobody knows where to look.

5. Try to avoid looking like a tourist. Tourists are often the target for pick pockets and thieves. If you look like you know what you are doing, people will tend to leave you alone.

6. Take flip flops. Shared showers can be dirty. You don't want to get any infections through cuts on the feet and a dirty shower. Flip flops are also great for the beach!

7. Keep an eye on your ltggage. Take plenty of padlocks with you so you can secure your luggage if you plan to sleep on a bus or train or want to make sure your belongings stay safe. If a personal locker is available, paying the two dollars for the peace of mind and to make sure nobody steals your things is well worth it.

8. Plastic and zip lock bags can be very useful. Keep a supply with you for food, dirty shoes and clothes.

9. Keep a bottle of clean water with you and make sure you refill it whenever you get the chance. You never know when you might be stuck without a water supply.

10. Keep your trip well planned. Spontaneity is great, but making sure you have a schedule that can be followed and that gives others an idea of your location will keep you safe.

Preparing well for your trip can ensure you stay as safe as possible. Backpacking can be one of the best experiences of your life, so make sure you are ready for it.

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