10 Useful Things to Pack for a Budget Trip!

backpack2 Packing is definitely one of the most important parts of planning which can make your trip a success or a failure, I have learnt this the hard way many times like the time I got lost in the countryside for 4 days because I forgot to bring a map with me to China! Ok, I actually really enjoyed that in the end but some people might not enjoy being lost for several days in a foreigner country. Of course it's important to pack as light as possible but there are many small things that are incredibly useful to have and don't take up much room in your pack at all.

Map

I usually print off maps for every journey I take, and also for every city I plan to visit. They also are a great way to ask directions without speaking the local language, just point and the local person will usually understand what you want.

Wet Tissue

Our hands get absolutely filthy while travelling. A wet tissue is the easiest way to clean them before you eat something and can reduce the chances of you getting sick. They are also great to stop you from stinking if you are for some reason unable to take a shower for a day or two.

Paracetamol

It costs nothing and weighs nothing but can give you relief for most common illnesses. I can't say how many times I fell sick on a day I was supposed to hitchhike and one or two of these little pills got me through the day. Just don't use them too often as they can do quite a bit of damage to your liver.

Plastic Bags

For organizing your stuff, putting dirty laundry in, keeping your rubbish in; again these cost nothing and weigh nothing so always keep a few with you.

Tent

Even when I don't plan to camp I still always carry my trusty tent with me, ok it's a bit heavier than most of the items on this list but I feel safe knowing I always have a back up place to sleep if I ever get stuck anywhere. I paid €15 for my current tent and have slept in it at least 200 times, that works out at around 7c per night! Here is what I use: Monodome tent for 2 persons

Sleeping bag

If you have a tent of course you also need a sleeping bag. These are also important if you plan to couchsurf as not every host has warm blankets. They also come in useful on cold aeroplanes or buses.

Toilet paper

I think this is obvious yet many people don't carry it. Unfortunately we live in a world where many bathrooms are without this precious material.

Light

I have a tiny one that I got €1, which always comes in handy. Lost something around your hostel bed at night? Power cut? Walking on a dark street? Always useful to have.

Internet Device

I don't recommend carrying a large laptop around on a trip, for many reasons. But it is important to get online sometimes, to check a map, contact someone through skype, find a host, etc. I use a 10 inch Asus a netbook as they are small, light and they can do pretty much anything that a normal computer can. You can usually find them for around €150 online. Here's one I highly recommend that is similar to mine. I also sometimes carry an old iPod touch which has some basic internet features.

Pen/Note book

Another cheap and light item with a million uses. Draw maps, take notes, use for communication, make a hitchhiking sign, play tic tac toe with your friend; the list is endless! Don't forget these very useful items!


Did I forget anything? If so leave a comment and let me know what are the most useful items you pack for a trip?

Please share!Share on Facebook Even when I don't plan to camp I still always carry my trusty tent with me, ok it's a bit heavier than most of the items on this list but I feel safe knowing I always have a back up place to sleep if I ever get stuck anywhere. I paid €15 for my current tent and have slept in it at least 200 times, that works out at around 7c per night! Here is what I use: Monodome tent for 2 persons

Sleeping bag

If you have a tent of course you also need a sleeping bag. These are also important if you plan to couchsurf as not every host has warm blankets. They also come in useful on cold aeroplanes or buses.

Toilet paper

I think this is obvious yet many people don't carry it. Unfortunately we live in a world where many bathrooms are without this precious material.

Light

I have a tiny one that I got €1, which always comes in handy. Lost something around your hostel bed at night? Power cut? Walking on a dark street? Always useful to have.

Internet Device

I don't recommend carrying a large laptop around on a trip, for many reasons. But it is important to get online sometimes, to check a map, contact someone through skype, find a host, etc. I use a 10 inch Asus a netbook as they are small, light and they can do pretty much anything that a normal computer can. You can usually find them for around €150 online. Here's one I highly recommend that is similar to mine. I also sometimes carry an old iPod touch which has some basic internet features.

Pen/Note book

Another cheap and light item with a million uses. Draw maps, take notes, use for communication, make a hitchhiking sign, play tic tac toe with your friend; the list is endless! Don't forget these very useful items!


Did I forget anything? If so leave a comment and let me know what are the most useful items you pack for a trip?

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2 comments on “10 Useful Things to Pack for a Budget Trip!
  1. Andre Vorobev says:

    Wet tissue, toilet paper and a notebook are the same thing. You can use your map the same way as well.
    I do agree about plastic bags, they specially come in handy when you have to vomit in a car/tram/bus or your friend does.
    I'd change the pen for a pencil, a pen doesn’t work upside down, most of the time not even horizontally. With a pencil you can write even in outer space (you never know how far the budget trip will get you).
    Another useful thing is the 3000-in-1-multitool-penknife which contains a fork, a toothpick, a chair, a tent, a bed, a car, computer, drugstore… including two knife blades.

  2. Very true, you never know when you might end up in out of space and need to write something down 🙂

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