How To: Survive a Month Living out of Your Backpack

One of the most affordable methods to travel the world is backpacking. Most find it an ideal way to experience the the world, while others avoid it due to lack of space. Not to mention, the fear of carrying around a heavy bag on your back for long periods of time. However, by packing smart and optimizing your space you can both save yourself from anxiety andthe unwanted back pain. Below is a list of some effective tips to keep in mind to not only survive a full month when traveling out of a backpack but also to enjoy that month without the stress of “stuff” to hold you back.

Packing cubes are the best! They can compress your clothes and squeeze them tight into a backpack. By squeezing out all the air of the small compartments where you place the pieces of clothing in, this not only saves you space but saves you the heavy burden of carrying your clothes around.  Not to mention the much needed protection for your clothing against humidity and dirt.

Miniature toiletries are the way to go! By packing many small toiletries, you save room and get to minimize items to the most vital.  A list of must have toiletries generally include solid shampoo bars that can last a while, toothpaste, and sunscreen. For all the lady travelers, a diva cup or a moon cup can be an alternative to tampons and pads because they occupy much needed space.

Taking all your charging cables, whether it be for your phone, laptop, or digital cameratends to waste a lot of space in your bag. So, if you’re traveling with friends learn to share cables and utilize the space in each other’s bags. We also recommend getting a portable charger for those locations that will be far from civilization, they will save you time and space.

For all those traveling photographers, remember you are backpacking for a month. Although, having all your lenses would make your photos phenomenal, it is probably not the best idea. It is recommended to take a smaller camera or if you use a DSLR you might want to keep it out of your bag and adjust to carrying it around your neck.

This may seem obvious, but most people still forget: you will be traveling for 30 days. Fresh socks are always an essential, to avoid blisters and wet feet. Packing warm is a must and easy to forget.  A water-resistant lightweight jacket is perfect, you cannot go wrong with this. First aid is imperative especially when traveling alone. And please do not forget a traveling towel, it comes in very handy. The list could be endless if we went into detail on every aspect of a trip. Even so, the most important thing is to remember that traveling out of a backpack is about modest comfort and an experience unlike any other. The key to surviving it is to minimize. Put these tips to the test on your next backpacking journey. Love, The Runaway Suitcase