The Ultimate Backpacking Packing List

Going backpacking? We have put together the ultimate list of advice for your packing, whether you're staying within your borders or embarking on an international adventure! Enjoy!




It´s getting close now! Soon you will be putting on your backpack and leaving your comfort

zone so that you can experience some on the most amazing things in the world! To pack

your whole life in a backpack can be hard, but we hope we can make it a little bit easier for

you with this packing list.


Let´s begin with the most important – storage items! You won´t get far without the

luggage, and for your trip it is crucial to bring a good backpack. Remember to try on the

bag before leaving, and get someone to help you tighten the straps properly to make

sure you don´t hurt yourself on the trip.

• A big backpack (Do not pack in a bag bigger than 60 litres, or it will get difficult to handle.

If you choose an even smaller bag, you will be able to check it in as hand luggage. This will

save you from some waiting time at the airport, and make it easier to walk with)

• A small backpack (This is great for flights, long car rides, etc. Can be carried on the

stomach or left in the car)

HOT TIP: Do not fill your backpack all the way to the top. You might need some room for gifts

and souvenirs on the journey.

• Fannypack (A MUST. This is something you can use every single day. It is easy to handle,

and safe to carry your phone, passport and wallet inside.)

• Backpack dividers (Find yourself some dividers to keep the bag organized. This makes it

easier to access what you need, and makes it easier to fit more into the packpack)


We highly recommend that you keep all your documents

organized and in the hand luggage, to minimize the risk of

loosing important documents. You should also bring a copy of

your documents (especially passport!) in your luggage in case

you loose the original ones.

• Passport (Remember to check if you need a visa to

the country of your arrival. It is also important to

check your passport. It should have a couple of

pages available as well as an expiration date more

than six months after the return of your journey.

• Flight tickets (A tip is to keep the tickets on your

phone. Not only is it easier to keep track with,

but it is also better for the environment.)


• Hotel information (Many countries demand name and address of the hotel you are staying

at when you pass through immigration control.)

• Personal ID other than the passport

• Travel money (dollars are always good to bring, because it is easy to exchange. Many

countries also approve dollars as a currency. Keep the money different places in your

luggage to secure yourself if some of it should get lost.)

• Credit card (It is a good idea to bring a Mastercard as well as a visa. The master card has less

chance of getting hacked, and it is good to keep two cards in case you loose one of them. Put

one of the cards in your luggage and one in your carry on.)

• Travel insurance (if you have an accident, it is important to remember to let your insurance

company know as soon as possible to make sure you get your money back. If you have to stay

at a hospital, remember to take care of all receipts for the insurance company to look at.)

• Vaxcards/immunication cards (talk to your local vaccination office a few months before

travelling to check if you have all the vaccines you need. Personally we took hepatitis A and B,

as well as a refil of the vaccines you take as a child and yellow feber. Some countries in Africa

won´t let you in without having taken the yellow fever vaccine)

• Emergency contacts (it is smart to keep a list of contacts you can call in case of an

emergency. We will provide you with the name and number of your local ambassador before

you begin your travel.)

• Passport photos of yourself (some countries require passport photos when you apply for visa

on arrival. It is always nice to bring – and if you don´t use them they can be used as remem

brance gifts to your new friends!



The Kiwano globetrotter explains “Something important we have learned on this trip is that

clothes do not define you or your character. We used the same top for five-six days without

washing it, and we felt amazing! Clothes are just clothes; we are here for the experiences!”

We highly recommend simple clothes that you don´t care if gets ruined, especially when

going hiking. Check the weather conditions in your country of arrival before packing, and

pack accordingly. Rule number one: WASH ONE, WEAR ONE!

• A rain coat (find yourself a multi-purpose coat that you can use in both wind and weather.

Nights might get freezing both in Africa, so it is nice if the jacket has some form of padding.

Lightwaight is key!)

• A warm sweater (For cold evenings and chilly plane rides)

Thermal underwear (A winner. It takes up a small amount of space, is warm, breathes easily,

and keeps you warm during cold evenings or nights in a tent)

• 5 tops (2 t-shirts, 2 sports tops and a light top. Monochrome tops makes it difficult to see

that you are wearing the same top multiple days, and a dark top shows less stains. Bring

multipurpose tops that are comfortable to walk in)

• 5 pair of trousers (2 for training, 1 longer shorts, 2 loose pair of trousers. Loose trousers are

KEY for those hot summer days.)

• 3 bras (1 regular + 2 sports bras – this can also be used for swimming)

• A maximum of 5 pairs of underwear (you don´t need more. Wash one, wear one.)

• 4 pair of socks (bring a few long ones, to use in hiking shoes and to hide your ankles from

the mosquitos.)

• A swimsuit/bathing shorts (it is better to bring a bikini than a swim suit to make sure every

thing stays in place while doing water activities. Some countries may also appreciate you

not being to revealing.)

• Sneakers (You need GOOD shoes for long walks. Just bring one pair! You don´t need more.)

• Hiking shoes (Again: bring GOOD shoes)

• Slip-on shoes (A MUST. Preferably waterproof. This is super practical if you don´t want to

step barefoot into the shower, or are going swimming in a rocky spot. They dry fast, and

can be used every single day)


Long walking tours, sleeping under the open sky, trekking in the jungle, hot summer days and so

much more is waiting for you on your journey! Here are essential that we hope will make your

adventure as smooth as it can be!

• Mosquito spray (You don´t want to go scratching bites all day. Keep a mosquito spray

near, especially after rain showers!)

• Camera and/or gopro (Save the special moments and magicals view by bringing a


• Sunglasses and sunscreen (It is easy to get sunburned whilst hiking. Put sunscreen on

always. This is to make sure you don´t have to carry your backpack on sore shoulders)

• Towel (Microfiber towel will do wonders! Takes little to no space and dries in a couple of


• Waterproof pack and a waterproof phonebag (if you are planning on doing water

activities – it´s a must!)


• Telephone

• Optinal: multiple memory cards,

laptop, hard drive and extra batteries

• Earphones

(For the long lasting plane rides...)

• Chargers

• Portable charger

• Headlamp (When it is pitch dark and you

have to pee, you will regret not bringing a


• Adapter

(Check online if you need adapters for

the country you are going to. They are sold

all over airports.)


Key words: practical solutions! Practical trumps pretty when you are packing up for active days

spent in the bush. We will give you some practical solutions to keep yourself fresh

(and sustainable) throughout the whole trip!

• Optional: Makeup

• Tooth brush and -paste

(PST! Choose a bamboo tooth brush!)

• Shampoobar (It is better for the

envoirnment, takes up less space than a

regular shampoo and will last you the

whole trip)

• Soap bar – (Lush has some incredibly

good shampoo- and soap bars)

• Lip balm (choose one with SPF!)

• Vanity kit: Nail cutters, tweezers, razor

• Cleancup (A perfect alternative to pads

and tampons. They last up to 12 hours,

which means you don´t have to worry

about anything while swimming around in

the sun or sitting long hours in a safari car)

• Hair brush and hair tie

• Dental floss

• Deodorant

• Makeup remover (Try ”take the day off”

from Clinique! It is better for the

environment than wipes, and will last you

the whole trip – and longer!)

• Toilet paper (Out in nature it is difficult to

find toilet paper)

• Aloe vera/aftersun

• Contacts or glasses (if you need it)


The single most important thing you can do when it comes to travelling is to

remember to take care of your health. Remember to drink enough water, eat plenty

of food and sleep enough even when you are exploring a new place.



(Pain killers, tablets against travel sickness etc.)


(Soap and clean water is not always an alternative)


(optional, consult with your local vaccination

office before departure)



A deck of cards (YES! Ask the locals to teach you their favorite game, and then you

can teach them yours in return)

Pillowcase (stuff your clothes inside, and voila! A soft, homemade pillow)

Earphones and a sleeping mask (for long plane journeys and nights in the nature)

Sleeping bag

A pen (to quickly fill out any immigration forms)

Mosquito net (Not a necessity, but better safe than sorry if you have more room

available. You never know if you accommodation keeps mosquito nets or not)

Cutlery (Good to have if you don´t want to eat with your hands. A reusable straw

and food container can also be practical to bring – say no to single use plastics!)

Water bottle (WE

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