Backpacking Tips and Tricks - Europe, Asia, and Beyond

Posted by Jonathan T on


Welcome to the Top 20 Bloggers of 2015 Entry!

In the comments below, tell us your best backpacking tips and tricks. 
The 20 bloggers with the top packing tips will be featured in our "Top 20 Bloggers of 2015" Special. We'll promote the winners on our social media and blog!  Deadline is 12/31/15


So you think you're the world's best packer? Have you spent countless hours at hostels around the world? Think you have the perfect solution? Prove it!

Do you have the absolute best packing list for Europe or the best backpacking packing list? Share it! Maybe you have a secret travel list you've only shared with your closest friend.


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  • Duct tape, gotta have duct tape… Many uses, band-aids, fix things, build things, cover blisters, reduce blisters, make shower slippers, zipper broke?, tape it shut, make a loop to hook your duct tape to your pack, and on and on …
    Need a place for your charging cables, USB’s etc.. Plastic glass case …
    A place to carry your rings and things.. Cheap pill reminder case ..

    Rick L on
  • I always have problem with wrinkles in clothes while traveling. Even when I roll my clothes, there are still a few that come out with wrinkles. I found that it’s incredibly easy to get wrinkles out without an iron. Simply drape your item of clothing over the top of a shower or somewhere close to the head of the shower. Turn the shower on as hot as it will go and close any doors or windows in the bathroom. Usually within 2-3 minutes your item of clothing will be completely wrinkle free and you can turn the shower off and go on your way. This has saved me plenty of time and enabled me to bring my favorite clothes even if they wrinkle easily. I hope this helps!

    Jess-Thrifty Traveler Tips on
  • I see that many people have already mentioned some of my staples for packing such as packing cubes and rolling all of your clothes. One thing that I didn’t see mentioned was my little trick to keep your liquids in their bottles (where they belong) while traveling. I always take off lids of any liquids I’m bringing, including makeup, and place a piece of saran wrap over the top of it. Then close the lid as normal with the saran wrap still over the top and enjoy opening your suitcase after your flight without finding your shampoo or body wash to be leaked all over your bag due to the changes in air pressure. I would also recommend keeping your liquids in a gallon bag while on the move just in case something might leak (if you decide to remove the saran wrap for good). I had one frustrating accident where my body wash leaked onto my clothes and this trick has saved me a lot of headaches since then.

    Jess-Thrifty Traveler Tips on
  • Use packing cubes. For winter travel packing use vacuum bags for those bulky coats and pants. When you travel, always wear the heavy or the bulky stuff :)

    carla on
  • My sister taught me a trick when she backpacked around the world and I’ve used it ever since. Instead of folding, roll your clothes up. It takes up much less space in your bag. Plus, you can roll things inside your clothes too, such as souvenirs you’ve picked up along the way.

    Kirsty Marrins on

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