Five Backpacking Items You May Forget You Need
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Five Backpacking Items You May Forget You Need

Packing for your next trip and can’t decide what to bring, don’t know what you forgot or  don’t know even where to start? Here are five travel backpacking items you may have forgotten you needed.

5. Poncho

While I can’t recommend a true backpack cover enough, if you don’t want to spend the money on one, a poncho, or even a trash bag, is the next best thing. When rain hits, a poncho can protect your bag, and more importantly what is inside, from water damage. And if you don’t mind looking more out of place, you can easily throw your poncho over you and your backpack rather than tying it, keeping everything dry.

4. Clothes Line

You don’t need a fancy one such as the REI clothes line pictures, even a long shoe lace and some clothes pins or thick paper clips will do. But a clothes line can be very useful when you are living out of a backpack. Dryers are not always everywhere to be found and when they are, they are usually expensive. A clothes line lets you dry you clothes cheaply. Just make sure you have enough time!

3. Laundry Soap

Speaking of doing laundry, having laundry detergent for hand washing clothing is also highly recommended. I personally prefer Sea to Summit’s laundry wash. A three ounce bottle makes it TSA approved, and it is bio-degradable. This bottle has lasted me for a combined total of 16 weeks while backpacking, and I still have some left over. Any type of laundry wash will do though! 

2. Whistle

This one is for all my hiking ladies out there. A whistle attached to your backpack can be good though even if you are sticking to the cities. When hiking, especially if you are going off trail, a whistle can help you be located if you get lost or get into trouble on the trail. This one has a bonus of having a small compass on it. Make sure you do know how to use your compass before going and always let someone know around what time they should except your return. 

1. First Aid Kit

A first aid kit should always one of your top go to backpacking items. You can buy them in stores or create your own, depending on what you are planning to do. You should consult your doctor on what medications you should bring, as this blog does not provide medical advice, but I carry around some type of anti-inflammatory medicine and over the counter painkillers along with over the counter medication to help with vomiting or Traveler’s diarrhea. I also carry antihistamines. I include band-aids, alcohol wipes, anti itch bug cream, and Moleskin in mine as well. Moleskin might be the top one as it helps you go the extra mileage when you have blisters! 

So there you have it: my top five backpacking items you may forget you need, or possibly never even considered! Do you have any that you think should have been added to list? What are your top five items others might not consider taking with them? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe! 

Happy Travels!


Danielle an avid adventurer and traveler. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in anthropology and classical archaeology. She has worked most recently as a ski and snowboard instructor in her native state of Colorado. When she doesn't have skis or a board strapped to her feet, she enjoy hiking, mountaineering, trail running, climbing, and backpacking. She loves to read and is currently working on her first novel. She also dabbles in photography and plays the piano and the drums in her free time.

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