“What do I need to go backpacking” is a question a lot of people will be asking themselves right now, whether you’re backpacking in Europe, traveling to Asia, or looking for adventure in America. It’s the time of year when the British weather is turning grey and cold, and towns are filling with a new crop of university students, which is enough to make anybody want to escape, book that backpacker hostel, and enjoy some overseas adventure travel.
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The best things to pack for outdoor adventure travel can vary depending on where you’re headed. Deciding the best way to fill your backpack is also a fine balancing act. There will be the temptation to take your whole life with you, but do you really want to carry those old ice skates around Manilla with you? Are you going to take everything on sale in the camping store? Probably not.
But fear not. We’ve found ten of the best bits of gear for backpacking and adventure travel you can find. Some items are more essential than others, and again, whether or not you pack flip-flops depends on whether you destination is Anchorage or Andalusia.