Besides being the most awesome of our high school dreams, backpacking is one of a kind maturity test. Lately, everyone has started travelling afoot, and this amazing way of experiencing the world is now more popular than ever. Travelling long lengths, backpackers should always be prepared for any kind of circumstances, and even then, traversing from forest camps to metropolises can be tricky. With frequent climate changes comes yet another problem. Even though a backpacker couldn’t care less about fashion, keeping clean and presentable in any kind of environment is ever important. Luckily, modern travelling gear is designed to be both practical and appealing. After all, conquering the nature’s most inaccessible places doesn’t necessarily have to be done in ragged clothes. As next 4 items will go to show, backpacking from Thailand to Paris can be done in style.
No matter how long your backpacking checklist might be, there should always be a place for this impressive type of kerchief. If you are a beginner in planning your long-distance journey, you will definitely be surprised with all the insane things you can do with a simple bandana. When out in the wild, a bandana can be used in numerous ways – as a water filter, washcloth, first aid sling, and in case you get lost, as a signal flag or a trail mark. Without thinking about the worst case scenario, a bandana is most usually used as a purposeful accessory. It can be wrapped around your head as a mean of protection from the cold and heat both. For girls, bandana can be great as a hairband. If you feel chilly, it can serve as a common kerchief, and keep your neck warm. Usually, bandanas come in paisley patterns, but if that doesn’t work for your fashion loving heart, you can pick something more urban. However, the whole point of this item is to be noticeable from the distance, so keep it vividly colored. It’s an accessory with a great range of uses, so have fun with it!
Just like a bandana, a jumper that is open up front can be very useful wherever you find yourself roaming. If you’re travelling different climate zones, a comfy warm cardigan is never useless. When staying warm is concerned, this type of a jumper is way more practical than others. Since its front side can be buttoned up and down, a cardigan can be worn as a typical top, underneath the jacket, but you can also put it on over the coat if the weather is especially ferocious. A cardigan can be handy for keeping the individual parts of your body warm as well – for instance, you can wear it tied up around your waist, and protect your lower back and stomach, or wrap it around the neck, and use it as a bounteous scarf. If the cardigan is long enough, it can be a good replacement for a sleeping bag or a rug, when you need something to sit on. Still, you should consider the fact that this piece of clothes is pretty bulky, and can occupy a lot of space in your backpack. Impractical for Mediterranean sun, but perfect for harsh autumnal winds!
The soul of every backpacking adventure is a downright backpack. Choosing the right backpack is a proper science. There are many things you should consider, but some are essential. Chiefly, an ideal backpack should be adaptable in size, with a possibility of expansion for additional baggage. Then, it should be easy for you to organize. Having as many compartments and pockets of various sizes and depths is important, since knowing where each of your thing is placed can be crucial in a rush. Finally, and not less important at all, a backpack should be light by itself, it shouldn’t be burdening you with extra weight. Keep in mind that this piece of equipment is going to be on your back all the time, it should be very comfortable and easy on your spine. Materials are also something you should review, for your backpack ought to be resistant to water, and keep your stuff in a regular temperature. After all of these standards are met, you can feel free to pick the design, pattern or color you prefer. Fortunately, the selection is vast, and with not much effort, you can always find a perfect travelling companion.
A slicker is yet another co-voyager you will have to get familiar with. Much like a cardigan, it can be exploited as much more than a piece of clothing. However, it does have its drawbacks, as well as the advantages. On a down side, a rain coat can never keep you warm and cozy as a cardigan can. It’s usually made of coated nylon, which is a fabric that’s not so comfortable for the skin. Furthermore, a rain jacket can feel pretty cold to the touch. However, this travel ware is not intended to retain heat, but to endure water, and that’s something it is unexcelled in. Quality raincoats permit air to pass through, allowing your body to breathe. One more perk it has over the cardigan is the fact that it’s a lot lighter, and insanely uncomplicated to pack. Some raincoats are so flexible that they come packed in bags the size of a fist. In addition, raincoat is extremely easy to wash, and even quicker to dry. And when the sky is clear, you can always crumple it and use it as a pillow or a support for your back. Talking of convenient!
When planned out immaculately, backpacking is a true delight. Even if you don’t reach far, or the experience turns out to be a little too unpredictable for you, it remains one of those things everyone should undergo before turning thirty. Make a list, develop the itinerary, and take a leap!