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Backpacking/Travel Kit List

Backpacking/Gap Year Travel Kit List

Outdoor Adventure Kit ChecklistBackpacking holidays and worldwide travel during a gap year have become increasingly popular amongst young adults in recent years. It is a great way to see a bit of the world while you are still young and with no dependants or commitments.

It is also becoming increasingly popular with older people who want a break from their career and from the rat race of modern life.

Not only is it a much cheaper way of travelling, but you will also get to see a lot more of the countries you visit, and the customs and way of life of the local people, than you would on a normal holiday.

Planning & Preparation

It is certainly a very exciting way to travel, but can be very daunting. Planning your trip carefully is essential, and a kit list will help you ensure that you take everything you need.

Here at Chas E. Smith, we have compiled a list of what we think you may need to take, and we hope you will find this useful.

This kit list is for guidance only - please check with your travel operator for a definitive list.

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Travel Documents

  • Passport and any necessary Visas & Vaccination Certificates
  • Tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Driver's License
  • Cash/Bank Card/Travellers Cheques
  • Phone Numbers & Email Addresses
  • Embassy & Emergency Numbers

It may be an idea to take spare passport photos and photocopies of the above documents.


  • Shirts & T-shirts
  • Trousers & Shorts
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Waterproofs
  • Jumper/Sweatshirt
  • Boots/Shoes/Sandals
  • Headwear
  • Swimwear

Adjust the list above to suit your personal preferences, and your destination(s).


  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Bag Liner
  • Sleep Mat
  • Inflatable Pillow
  • Tent/Overnight Shelter

Health & Toiletries

  • First Aid Kit
  • Any personal medication
  • Insect Repellents
  • Sun Cream
  • Water Purification Device
  • Mosquito Net
  • Wash Bag
  • Toothbrush & paste, soap, shampoo, razor & cream, sanitary protection, brush/comb, Toilet tissue etc.
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Travel Towels
  • Unbreakable Mirror


  • Money Belt
  • Padlocks & Rucksack Locks
  • Wallet (on chain)
  • Personal Attack Alarm


  • Rucksack
  • Daypack
  • Rucksack Transit Cover
  • Stuff Sacks, Pouches & Liners
  • Waterproof Rucksack Cover

Other Useful Items

  • Duct Tape (for running repairs)
  • Penknife or Multi-tool
  • Sewing Kit
  • Water Bottle
  • Matches
  • Binoculars
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Maps & Guidebooks
  • Plug Adaptor
  • Spare Batteries
  • Mobile Phone
  • Wind up charger
  • Sunglasses
  • Radio/MP3 or CD player
  • Camera & Film
  • Cards/Games
  • Carabina(s)

Dependent on type of Trip

  • Emergency Blanket
  • Survival Kit
  • Bivi Bag

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