Medical care is expensive, so be sure to have coverage for the country you are visiting.
If this is your first backpacking vacation, go for long walks with a fully loaded backpack. You will need to get used to the weight on your back.
A few weeks in advance of your trip, buy and wear the shoes you are planning on using. Walking shoes, like all other shoes, need a break-in period to avoid blistering your feet.
Pick one with straps that buckle across the chest
Take a small tent in case you don't find lodging for the night.
This can serve as an extra floor for your tent, or a place to sit and eat.
Nights can get cold!
Protect your feet at all costs, an ordinary pair of sneakers is often not enough; good walking shoes are not a luxury but a necessity.
If it gets dark, a flashlight is your best friend
You may also want a small stove for cooking.
Antiseptic and any medications you are on should also be packed.
Protect your eyes.
Even in summer the evening can be cool.
Certain countries have biting flies or mosquitoes that carry disease.
You'll want a record of your journeys.
Save the batteries in your flashlight
Being on the road is no excuse for scruffiness.
For a power snack in long treks.
Mandatory for backpacking in a foreign country.
Laminate these to keep them safe.
Name and number of someone authorized to approve medical treatment in case of accident.
One with GPS is preferable.
You'll need one in the language of the country you are visiting.
Even fellow travelers, if strangers, could be a threat. Backpackers have been known to have been robbed of their money or equipment.
Walking can be exhausting
Protect yourself against the sun with sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
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