How to pack a backpack

Our friend and hiker Alida shares how to pack a backpack, she has travelled Nepal and spend her adventure holidays in Nepal Himalayas. Many people carry tons of unnecessary things during the travel so from today carry less and travel more. For more to make your travel light and easy scroll down Rugged Trails Nepal shares Alida tips and tricks to pack your bag.

How do you pack your backpack as effective as possible?!
A lot of travellers know the deal.. You are happy you go on a trip again.

But what do you really need?! How do I put my stuff away so effective as possible? And how do I make my backpack as light as possible?! You dont want it to heavy but you also want to have a nice selection of clothes where you can choose from.. Practice, travel a lot and then you will get experience!

The second time I went on a trip I packed way too much stuff! I was in Sri Lanka and I met a local guy where I could leave some stuff and pick it up at the end of the month. I didnt want that to happen again!When I see my family and friends go on holiday they have big and heavy suitcases. At the moment I can live from a backpack from around 12 kilos for a couple of months..

A person doesnt need a lot to be happy!

Tips to pack your backpack in a good way..

  • Make a list. I love it, making lists! Especially scrap the things youve already done gives a good feeling ;) Begin with it one week before you pack your stuff, then you can always write something in the coming week

  • I put everything on the ground. You dont want to see the mess, but for me its a good way to oversee, if I really have everything

  • Think about what you really need.. do you really need new clothes for every day? You can make other combinations, that shirt on the same pants the next day for example..And when you have the space for it, you can always hang a shirt outside to give it some fresh air. Than you can wear it the next day again..

  • Dont take to many shoes with you. In the beginning I had running and walking shoes.. but now I only have running shoes where I also walk on.. Put them on when you are going to fly.. that saves space in the bag and less weight to carry..

  • I now have an E-reader. Perfect! I normally loved to read a normal book, but it saves so much weight and you can carry a lot of books with you

  • Most of the weight I carry is my electricity, like laptop, cables, photo camera, etc. I just want to make backups from my pictures, because they are really important for me, and I want to write in my blog: www.aaltjeopreis.nl to let the people at home know Im alright and let them enjoy my adventures with me. And yeah, I want to do that, so then I will take one pantless with me J When you like photography take an extra battery. They are light and then you dont have to miss the chance for that one perfect picture.. for when you are eye in eye with that elephant and your battery is empty.. oh oh ;)

  • Take a small extension cable with you. Than you can charge more things because in a lot of guesthouses in Asia for example, they only have one plug. Or a plug for in your car to put in your cigarette charger, you have double from those. When you drive in a car you can charge your phone on the way

  • Buy plastic bags at your local grocery shop. You can put all the stuff in there, and write down with a permanent marker what is in it.. so one for your shirts, the other one for you electricity and so on.. than you can find everything easy. And you dont bother the environment with it, because you use them over and over again. And when Im at home I use them as trash bags..

  • Search the backpack you want. You have ones with a front loader.. I also have that, but because of my plastic bags I dont use it..

  • Buy liquid detergent. Then you can wash your own clothes once in awhile, when you are away on a long journey. In the beginning I let it wash in Asia, because it was not so expensive, but I now find it relaxing to wash it myself. And then you are sure they dont wash it in the water of the Ganga for example haha

  • When you want to bring a sleeping bag of mat, put them at the site of your backpack, then you can save up some space inside your bag.

  • Take a flight bag with a small locker. Then you can lock it when you give your stuff at the airport. And bring a cable to put on your bag for example for in the trains in India. I know, when they really want, they can always take your stuff, but when you lock it, it will take them more time, and they want to run as quick as possible when they are out on doing no good ;)

  • Dont take too much toiletries. It weighs a lot and when you need something, you can always but in in the country you are visiting. And most of the time thats even cheaper (when you are from Europe and you travel to Asia ;))

  • For safety: split all your important stuff. Put your passport for example in a money belt, your credit card in another bag where youre toiletries are, and your bank card in your wallet. Spread your money. When they steal something, most of the time it isnt your hand luggage and your suitcase or backpack.. so you can always have something. The first trip I did, the stole all my stuff, and I had everything in one wallet: money, credit card and bank card. Stupid, but a very good lesson! Always spread your stuff! Take a small wallet with you, when they want to rob you, you can give that and not your important one. Or when you meet a corrupt police officer, you can show him you dont have a lot of money to pay your fine

In 3 weeks Im going to travel again.. I think I will start packing my backpack.. What about you?!


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