Backpacking essentials

During my time interrailing this summer, I found there were a few things in my bag that became invaluable. If you’re going travelling, these are the things you do not want to forget!

  1. Microfibre towel

If you’re hostelling, I’d recommend your own towel- I’ve not heard great things about hiring them from some places. I found a microfibre towel was the best to travel with: it’s ultra light, small, and dries really quickly, so it’s not going to soak everything else in your bag!

  1. Solid shampoo bar

Before I headed off on my travels, I got a tip-off to take a shampoo bar, rather than bottles. This turned out to be one of the best pieces of advice I was given! Not only are they better for the environment, they save you a good amount of weight and space .By the time it came to flying home, I had none of mine left. Get one from Lush, Eldon Square- I recommend ‘Jason and the Argon Oil’.

Travelling on your own means there’s inevitably some down time at the end of the day where you have nothing to do. I filled this time by writing in my travel journal.

  1. Travel journal

Travelling on your own means there’s inevitably some down time at the end of the day where you have nothing to do. I filled this time by writing in my travel journal. It’s a great way of taking something home from everywhere you visit, without adding loads of extra weight or spending too much money! Collect a few leaflets or postcards and you’ll have memories of everything you did without too much effort.

  1. Drybags

I kept myself organised with drybags to separate my things. Having a few of these means that you’ll never lose anything in the depths of your bag, as everything can all be split up and made easy to find. It also means that when you’re out in the pouring rain, your stuff is safe- no wet pyjamas at the end of the day after you’ve been trekking through a storm for hours!

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