1. Grey Jersey Tee 2. J Crew Bright Striped Tee 3. Madewell Bright Tee 4. J Crew Panama Hat 5. Bermuda Shorts 6. Jersey Maxi Skirt 7. Maison Scott Chino Pants 8. Yellow Shoulder Bag.
I'd written posts on how to dress for a vacation and how to pack for a trip, but after receiving a few emails asking me about backpacking I thought I'd offer up what I'd learned about packing when everything you're bringing with you needs to fit onto your back.
For my twelve day backpacking trip through central Europe I packed very similar items to what you see above. One pair of bermuda shorts, a jersey or cotton skirt, and a lightweight pair of pants. For tops I packed three loose tees which I could mix and match with the bottoms I'd packed. Packing light is essential. I utilized hostel laundry facilities a few times so that I could rewear pieces. Choosing items that pack small and don't wrinkle will yield the best results.
Other essentials include a hat to keep the sun off of your face and a small over-the-shoulder bag to keep your valuables close, easily accessible and safe. I've never been to a country where I felt it necessary to use a money belt, although I always kept my passport and the majority of my money locked up somewhere safe just in case I were to meet a pickpocket. (Never happened) Sunglasses and a comfortable pair of walkable shoes are also so important! As far as shoes goes, I like Toms...or shoes in a similar style.
Non-outfit related backpacking essentials (at least for me) would include a Microfiber towel - seriously a lifesaver, travel sized shampoo bottles and foot powder...Believe me, after only wearing one pair of shoes for an extended amount of time, you'll appreciate it.
|Relaxed tee, cotton skirt, shoulder bag and sunglasses in Budapest, Hungary.|
Note: I have only been backpacking twice, both trips were under two weeks. I have not been backpacking outside of Europe or done any long-term backpacking . This post simply highlights what worked for me in my situation.
What are your backpacking essentials?