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1. Posted by wizzkid (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

Does anybody have any tips on backpacking>

what to take?

what about undies?

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2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Yes, I take undies.

I find that what you really need is three days worth of clothes, plus one "nice" set of clothes for going out at night. That's it. You wear the three days worth of clothes twice, giving you six days between washings.

Pack a small flashlight. I always take a knife. Pack safety pins - they are indispensible.

3. Posted by urbancow (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

I tend to throw out all my clothes at some point on the trip either bc of grime or to make room for more important things. Dont bring anything too nice. Also, make sure all your toiletries are screw on tops. Pop-tops will open and spray toothpaste all over your pack--a big pain in the ass.

4. Posted by thowra (Full Member 74 posts) 11y

The key to good backpacking is to bring as little as you can. As mentioned above, bring nothing you value, it will probably get ruined, lost, etc. I think 3 sets of clothes (All tight packing, lightweight breathable fabrics that dry quickly - Cotton is highly recommended over synthetics)is a good recommendation, with that one extra smarter set to go out in when needed. Remember that you will probably pick up things like t-shirts along the way, fairly cheaply, so there really is no need to bring more. Enough underwear is a must as far as i'm concerned, I don't mind how dirty the rest gets!! If you are doing proper backpacking I recommend you put every item in a sealable plastic bag, either as an individual or as a group of items. This avoids things getting wet or dusty while travelling.

If you are wanting warm clothes I recommend a fleece and a gore tex coat. One warms you and the other keeps wind and wet out. They work fantastically as a pair. If you're still frightened of getting cold, get some thermal underwear, they are lightweight, warm and pack down to virtually nothing.

Shoes: good solid walking shoes/boots and some comfy sandals. Add a pair of trainers if you want.

What things to bring? Bear in mind that you want to be carrying the smallest amount of weight and volume around with you so choose carefully!! I would recommend a good torch (Maglite or if you are going to do a lot of outdoor stuff then a head-worn Petzl. They are both hard wearing), a penknife is a definite must, Pencils (not Pens as these can leak), a good local guidebook. Depending on the ectent of backpacking you may want to add a compass and whistle in, and also a waterproof map reader pouch.

5. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

Yes, I take undies.

I find that what you really need is three days worth of clothes, plus one "nice" set of clothes for going out at night. That's it. You wear the three days worth of clothes twice, giving you six days between washings.

Pack a small flashlight. I always take a knife. Pack safety pins - they are indispensible.

I was planning on taking a swiss knife for my backpacking trip to Asia but I am only taking a backpack which I would take in as carry on. It will probably get confiscated at the airport if found. They practically strip search you nowadays...

6. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

One of the better pieces of advice I found in this website was...bring QUICK DRY TOWELS. I already got mine!

7. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

FACT, buy one of those quick drying towels, and get a giant one, beleive me you will be glad you got one that is big. If you do not want to bring loads of pointless stuff that you just do no need maybe do what i did and took a 55 litre bag. Its got enough space for all that I need, and i have found a little trick is that when you try to do up the straps to the main campartment, in mine i trap in my roughly 30ltr day bag and can proably pack about another 20.
Pen knife for definate, just remember to leave it in your main bag whilst flying, definately safteyl pins,and maybe some needles with thread, as I ha to sew a velcro strip back on my shorts.
One other thing is get zip off trousers for definate. Zip them off and you have shorts which increases room in your bag. I bought 1 nice polo out here for nice occasions, cost me naff all compared to home, other than that i wanna be comfy.
If you are somewhere wet then i think investing in a goretex paclite jacket is worthwhile, as it is totally waterproof to a certain extent, i bought mine, berghaus paclite smock, for 80 quid if you look around on the internet.
Hope any of this info helps.
Tarik

8. Posted by findemundo (Full Member 127 posts) 11y

If you have time, read the indispensible book, The Ultralight Backpacker : The Complete Guide to Simplicity and Comfort on the Trail by Ryel Kestenbaum, or search for "ultralight backpacking" online. You'll find tons of help, not only on packing undies, but on what not to pack and how to make what you pack lighter.

9. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting wizzkid

"...Does anybody have any tips on backpacking.what to take?what about undies?..."

If you don't normally wear them , then don't bother buying new ones to take away with you

10. Posted by wizzkid (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

Thats great thanks for your help!
im still not sure how to fit it in my back pack though!