The perfect backpacker always keeps his backpack as light as he possibly can. If you put on your backpack when you’re still at home, it may seem quite light. But after 2 or 3 hours of walking I can assure you you’ll change your mind!

I always wait to pack until the last minute, so I also wrote this easy list for me, to be sure not to forget anything helpful and to pack only what’s needed, and nothing more. Let me know what you think in Comments below!

First and foremost, take care of your feet!

  • Trekking shoes. You’ll have to walk a lot so they’re the most important item. Look at this article for more info.
  • Trekking socks. They’re almost as important as shoes, so it’s not an item you should make savings on. And pack one or two extra pairs!
  • Patches against foot blisters. Everyone knows their weak points while trekking, and I know that my feet will never get used to any type of shoes in the world.

What to put on

  • T-shirts and tanks. One a day is required, if you aren’t planning to stop in a launderette, and even if the weather forecast says it’s going to be nice, be prepared for all types of weather. I normally choose a technical material, that dries quickly. If you think that your trip will take long time, you definitely need to do some washing, so don’t forget a clothesline.
  • Trousers. 2 or 3 pairs a week. Ok for shorts if the weather forecast is good and the path doesn’t have tall grass, shrubbery or other similar obstacles, and also if your destination allows you to put them on, not only from a geographical or meteorological point of view, but also from a cultural one. Check out the do’s and dont’s of every country before going.
  • Heavy stuff (for one week). 2 sweatshirts, 2 piles, 1 heavy jacket, 1 k-way, 1 poncho (= waterproof cloak that covers you up from head to toe, and your rucksack too!). It always depends on climate and temperatures of where you’re going, but a poncho is essential under the rain and it works as a picnic tablecloth on a dirty or wet terrain!

The accessories not to be left at home

  • Neck warmers. The minimum number is 2, one for the neck and one for the ears. It depends on your destination, but different thicknesses are available. If your destination is a very cold and windy one, you can think about taking a balaclava.
  • Hat. Protective and light for the hottest destinations. Heavier, wind-stopper and waterproof for the coldest ones. You can use also a beanie hat, if the climate is going to be cold.
  • Gloves. They’ll be useful if you are moving towards the poles. It’ll be easier to use them if they are touch screen. If it’s really cold, mittens will be the best solution.

And that’s not all. Keep on reading the following post, about the must have objects!

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