Backpacking Checklist

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  • 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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