Whether you’re just taking a couple of weeks off work for a backpacking trip around Europe, or you’re taking an entire year out to see the sights of the world, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve got the very best gear to keep you going. With no permanent base while you’re there, your belongings will be staying with you for most of the time, and are all your worldly possessions. Let’s take a look at some of the essentials you’ll need to take with you.


Probably the most important piece of kit, because it’s the one that holds everything together. Never skimp on the bag; you’ll need something that’s strong enough to last for the whole journey, large enough to fit in all of your items, and comfortable enough that you can carry it for very long periods of time. This should probably be the thing you spend the most money on.

Money Belt

With no safe in the hotel room, your valuables such as cash and passport will need to stay with you at all times, and a money belt is the very best way to do this. You never know where you’ll be, a pickpockets often operate in places that backpackers are common. You can see some trendy ones here if you don’t want to look too much like a tourist.

First Aid Kit

Another really important one. Depending on where you are, there may not be any medical facilities for many miles, and you may well need to treat yourself for minor ailments. Make sure you’ve got a well-stocked first aid kit, containing, plasters, bandages, painkillers etc. It’s also a good idea to take alcohol gel as this will kill bacteria on your hands.

Travel Towel

A towel will come in handy far more frequently than you might think, so no backpacker should leave without one. A traditional towel is no good however, as it will be a very heavy addition to your baggage. Choose a specialised travel towel instead, as these are designed to be lightweight.

Mosquito Repellent

Mosquitos can be found just about anywhere, and they’re more dangerous in some places than others. Wherever you’re going, make sure that you’ve got plenty of repellent; if you don’t you could end up with many nasty bites at best. At worst, you might get a nasty disease. Don’t rely on picking some up when you’re there either – it can be very expensive