Things to Pack in Your Travel Backpack

Packing can be the bane of your life: but we’ve made the chore a little less tiresome for you and devised a COMPLETE packing list. Got a big trip coming up? Use this ultimate guide to remind you of useful essentials you need to buy for your travels whether it’s shower gel, socks, clothes or sunnies. Knowing how to pack a backpack for a long trip ain’t easy. But simply treat this as a packing checklist and tick off each item as you go. Of course, it really depends on what kind of trip you’re about to embark on whether it’s trekking a mountain, or inter-railing Europe, so we’ve tried to include items that cater to every kind of trip!

When it comes to packing, the best way to pack a backpack is to save space. Our top tip is to fold your clothes efficiently. Remember: Heavy stuff at the bottom, stuff that leaks goes in plastic bags and things you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your destination (like toiletries) at the top. Roll your clothes up rather than fold them if it takes up less room.

This guide will also work for suitcases for air travel too, not just backpacks. Don’t forget anything – and happy travelling!

Don’t have time to read the full article? Here’s a quick rundown of the main essentials to pack before you leave the house:

  • Passport
  • Phone charger / portable phone charger
  • EU adapters
  • Water bottle
  • Sun cream
  • Medicines / painkillers


The most important thing to pack for your travels is your passport. You won’t get very far without it. If you’re travelling within Europe as an EU citizen, sometimes all you need is your ID/Driver’s license to travel – but this often depends on your airline so we recommend keeping your passport on you at all times, just in case. Before you travel, make sure your passport is valid too. It’s always good to have at least six months on your passport before it expires so always check your expiry date in good time so you can order a new one before the trip comes.


Don’t forget to pack your EU adapters! Saves buying one in the airport and they can be pretty expensive. Two adapters should be enough for your travels so you can charge your laptop, phone, camera, hair appliances and more.


We all know the feeling when our phone runs out of battery on the road. So bring a portable phone charger so that you can give your phone some charge on the go. You don’t want to have your phone die when you’re lost in the city or miss out on amazing photo opportunities.

4) Water Bottle

Always carry a water bottle to stay hydrated on the road. Most travel backpacks have a water bottle compartment so it’s easy to reach when you’re walking around. Not only are reusable water bottles better for the environment but they’re also a great way to save money so that you don’t have to keep buying more.


It’s always good to have some medication on the road. Painkillers or allergy tablets will come in handy for headaches, muscle aches, period pains, stomach aches – so keep some on you just in case. Always carry Imodium or Dioralyte too.


Sun cream is one of the most important things you can pack in a travel backpack. Apply it generously and take sun cream with you everywhere you go. Especially if you have a tendency to burn. Even though it may not look sunny, the rays are still there so it’s important to wear sun cream every day during your travels. You can’t go wrong with Factor 50!