If you fancy heading off to see the world with your belongings on your back, you will need to make sure that you are properly prepared. Each year thousands of young students, middle aged couples and even a few old timers will strap the backpack on and seek new experiences and new cultures, all whilst living out of their backpack. If you have chosen to join this large number of people, here some of the key items which you will need prior to setting off.
Of course, your most important piece of equipment, your backpack, this is the product which you should take the most time on when you go traveling. What you are looking for here is a pack which has ample space, but not one which will weigh you down. You must be ruthless when it comes to what you will take away with you, before choosing a pack, get your luggage ready, and then find a pack which fits it all in. If you take the kitchen sink with you then you will regret it after just a few days on the road. You also must find a pack which is durable, as it will go through a great deal as you travel around the world, it will be thrown about, slept on, used as a pillow, it will get wet and probably be dropped from time to time.
An absolute essential which you should invest in prior to hitting the road is a universal plug adaptor, to ensure that you can use your tech all over the world, hassle free. These adaptors are compact, but will give you the right extension to fit in with the requirements in just about any country on the planet. Adaptors can be bought when you are on the road, but the universal ones are harder to come by, so get it before you go.
There are few things worse in this life than being without phone battery, and there is also the safety aspect of not being able to use your phone which should be considered. Avoid this happening with a power bank, a portable battery cell which you can juice up ahead of time, and then charge up your phone when you are running low. In some countries you may get lucky with USB chargers on busses and in public locations, but in many you will find yourself heavily dependent on your power bank.
Solid Flip Flops
When it comes to your clothing I would recommend that you take stuff that is super versatile, and that is light in weight. The one essential which I recommend that you buy ahead of time would be a pair of solid flip flops. Flip flops work come rain or shine, they are light to pack, flexible, and you will find yourself practically living in them for the duration of your trip. Invest in some high quality and highly durable flip flops before you set off, and you will be thankful that you did once you hit the road.