If you’re about to embark on an adventure around the world, it’s a safe bet you’ll have a list as long as your arm of stuff to pack. There’s a lot you need to take with you, but here are just five of the essentials you shouldn’t leave the country without:


Hand sanitizer

Let’s face it, backpacking isn’t the cleanest of pursuits. You may be roughing it, but there’s no reason why you can’t protect yourself from germs. If you’re hopping on and off busy busses, or are using some less than glamorous bathrooms, you should always have a bottle of sanitizer handy.

We’d suggest stocking up on some Carex hand gel from Boots before you.

Water filter bottle

It’s easy to take our access to clean and safe water for granted. There are a lot of countries where the water can be dangerous to drink if it’s not properly purified. This is why we recommend that every thirsty traveller carries a purification water bottle. When dubious water sources are your only option, the Travel Tap from Drink Safe Systems is an invaluable travel companion.

Sleeping bag

Even if you’re not camping, the bedding on offer at some of the cheapest hostels tends to be pretty lacklustre. A sleeping bag is an excellent safety net if you aren’t sure where your globetrotting adventure will take you.

Craigdon Mountain Sports has a large selection of sleeping bags that range from large and durable, to small and lightweight. Regardless of what type you choose, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you have warm and reliable bed covers with you.

A durable rucksack

It almost goes without saying that you’ll need an incredibly durable rucksack to carry with you on your journey. The size will depend on how long you intend to travel for and how much you need for your trip. If you’re the type of person that has to pack for every conceivable situation, you’ll need something big. You should also make sure that it has a body-hugging fit and is adjustable, for optimum comfort. We’d recommend any of these Deuter rucksacks, also from Craigdon Mountain Sports.

First aid kit

Prepare for the worst and always have a first aid kit with you. A well-stocked supply of bandages, plasters and dressings are vital if you get any cuts or scratches. Dealing with the wound straight away is essential to preventing infection and further problems.


If you’re still looking for backpacking destination ideas, make sure you read our guide that details some of the top locations around Europe.