The first time I went backpacking you wouldn’t believe some of the crap I packed in my rucksack – a whole selection of evening wear, enough make-up to cake up Katie Prices face and book upon book upon book (tip: just download the kindle app on your phone and save yourself chronic backache) it was seriously ridiculous!
Fortunately I learnt (the hard way) what NOT to take on a backpacking trip, however this doesn’t necessarily mean that packing for all future backpacking trip’s is a walk in the park. If your visiting a country for the first time, you can never really know exactly what you’ll need until you get there, you just have to research as much as you can before hand.
This is my first time backpacking South America (Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay) and the weather is completely different in every single city, let alone each country. I’ve used my own experiences backpacking Asia, plus reading travel blogs and watching backpacking vlogs to try and pack my rucksack as perfectly as possible. Whilst doing a practice pack I thought I would make a vlog to share with you what I’ve packed for my six week South American Adventure. If you want to purchase any of the items I “link below” just scroll to below the video.
First Aid Kit
Clear Toiletries Packing Cubes
Earplugs (20 pack)
Small Rucksack Raincover
My Osprey Rucksack – 65L
The importance of Practice Packing
I really recommend practice packing your rucksack at least once before you finally pack up and leave. Last time I left for my big backpacking adventure I didn’t do a single practice pack, I literally just packed the day before my flight. I was in a complete panic as I felt like my backpack was too small, I couldn’t fit everything in, I had to palm off stuff into my ex-boyfriends rucksack, and then I still couldn’t even carry my own – it was all just so chaotic and unorganised. This time round I practice packed three times; I had items that didn’t make the final cut, I had a check list to tick off, AND I put my full rucksack on my back to practice walking around with it. I really recommend doing this as trust me, there is no point in going backpacking with a rucksack you can’t actually carry.
Got any travel packing questions? Perhaps some packing advice? I’d love to know in the comments below!
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