A backpacking trip maybe anything from wandering among nature to an urban adventure. You’ll need a few basic necessaries for any kind of backpacking, to keep yourself safe in any environment.
So here’s a list of our recommendations for your trip:
P.S: In our article Be Backpacking Ready on Medium, we have covered the basics of how to get ready for a backpacking trip. ( Read the article here: http://bit.ly/1jOpwmU )
The length of your trip matters when it comes to picking out a rucksack to fit everything. If you’re looking to backpack anywhere between 3-7 days, the 50 litre Wildcraft Trailblazer Rucksack is perfect for you! It features a carrier for a sleeping mat and a D-ring to carry items at hand. For the mountain hearty, it has a snow skirting to prevent snow deposits and also features ice-axe loops.
If you’re looking to head out backpacking for more than 7-10 days, then the Wildcraft Zanskar Rucksack is the pack for you! Its 70 litre storage will incorporate the extras which will be needed on a long trip. The bag can be loaded from both front and top, which gives ease of access. It features a reinforced haul loop to keep steady when it needs to be pulled. The rucksack features a snow skirt to prevent snow deposits.
Pelican Progear Mitylite 1900 Flashlight
A flashlight is a must investment for every backpacker. We suggest the Pelican Progear Mitylite 1900 Flashlight. Powered by 2AAA alkaline batteries, it’s Xenon light is bright enough to cut through fog, smoke and dust. The sturdy built is assured military grade, like all other Pelican Products. It is submersible, lightweight and features a clip to be kept handy.
Life Straw Go Water Purifier Bottle
The award winning Life Straw by Vestergaard-Frandsen now features in a 670 ml portable water bottle. Collect water which purifies water with every sip, on the go. At 670 ml, the Life Straw Go Water Purifier Bottle can purify up to 1000 litres of water to 0.2 microns. This is a must for every backpacker.
Go Travel Bean Pillow
The Go Travel Bean Pillow is necessary comfort away from home. The neck pillow offers excellent neck support and comfort because of the micro poly beads for cushioned comfort. It also features a button closure and fits easily in a corner of your rucksack.
Jungle Formula Mosquito Repellent Spray
A common fear all travellers share are mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are responsible for everything between disrupting a weary traveller’s sleep to potentially causing a disease. The Jungle Formula Mosquito Repellent Spray is an excellent option against the menace. Made from 20% DEET, it provides 8 hours of protection against mosquito and bug bites, a must have (again) for every traveller.
The small yet handy Qik+Aid QA-4 Small First Aid Kit is perfect for your travelling needs. It comes with 19 different items for treating injury/maintaining hygiene and scarcely takes up space in your rucksack.
Crafted to be taken outdoors, the Victorinox Hercules Pocket Swiss Knife is a wonderfully useful tool to keep with you on backpacking trips. Featuring a knife, scissors, pliers, wood saw, bottle opener etc. it may just be a life-saver anytime.
The need for self-defence may arise anytime. The Cobra Magnum Self Defense Pepper Spray is extremely effective with effect lasting between 1-2 hours. It’s powerful shot gun spray pattern is effective up to 12 feet away. The chilli spray temporarily blinds an aggressor for 2-3 hours and does not cause permanent damage. A perfect self-defence option and a must carry for women backpackers.