Tips on How to Pack a Backpack for Travel


Traveling is indeed one of the best and fulfilling things to do especially if you love meeting new people and exploring new places. However, things can also be a little stressful when you want to bring your house with you but just can’t. If you want to travel, you also need to learn how to pack properly based on how long you plan to travel.

You should also consider the place you will stay and a whole lot more when packing. So, here are some tips on how you can pack a backpack for travel:

How to Pack a Backpack for Travel

  • Use a backpack with only 40-45 liter capacity

The bigger bag you use the more you will be tempted to bring more. This is true to all gender especially for those people who like to keep on stashing things inside. Most carry-on bags have a 40 liters capacity but you can also get one with up to 45 liters capacity. This is the ideal backpack size if you plan to take short trips and stay in small hotels or hostels.

Most importantly, don’t forget the fact that you will be the one to carry your own backpack for hours. Thus, the lighter it is the better you can carry it around.

  • Practice packing until you’re satisfied

Packing takes some practice too especially if it is your first time to travel. Get everything you for the trip and practice packing it to your backpack until you are satisfied. This will help you determine which should be removed from your list to pack your backpack light. If you have to remove half the items on your list to achieve a super light packing, do it. You’ll thank us later for not giving you back and shoulder pains.

  • Roll your clothes instead of folding them

It is easier to pack your clothes and stack them when rolled instead of folded. Aside from saving more space for more items, your clothes will have fewer creases to bear. Depending on your preference, you may pack more shirts/t-shirts and shorts/pants than underwear or vice-versa. You may need to pack a hoodie or a sweater for cold seasons and a swimwear (optional). If you think a regular hoodie or sweater is not enough on your destination, you may bring thicker clothing.

  • Use packing cubes

Packing cubes can make miracles when it comes to packing since you can easily get separate your socks, underwear, and accessories. You can also get things faster without rummaging inside your bag. Packing cubes come in various sizes depending on your needs to organize clothing. You can also use packing cubes to separate your dirty clothes from your clean clothes and pack cosmetics.

  • Pack a few plastic bags

You may also need a few plastic bags to store your soap, shampoo, and wet clothes. Ziploc bags are also a great alternative to separate your clothes if you don’t have packing cubes. But the best thing about Ziploc bags is that they are water-resistant and durable. However, you need a different plastic bag to store your shoes and slippers.

You don’t need to bring all your shoes, just a pair of sandals/flipflop, everyday shoes, and hiking shoes (if you plan to go on hiking).

  • Use toiletries bag

Always separate your toiletries from your clothes using a small and water-proof toiletries bag. Keep everything in a travel size from your toothbrush, toothpaste, to deodorant, shaver (optional), soap, and shampoo. If you want to skip the luggage counter you can use a shampoo and soap bars instead of liquids for carry-on backpacks. But if you can’t be separated from your favorite liquid shampoo and shower gel, limit them to 100ml containers.

Besides, shampoo and soap bars tend to last longer and are less messy. You may need to travel a towel too if you plan to stay on hostels or guesthouses. In this case, a lightweight microfiber towel is perfect for your trip to keep things light. But you can forget the towel, soap, and shampoo if you will stay in a hotel since these will be provided for you.

  • Bring locks

If you still need to buy one, go for a number padlock since you will not worry about missing your keys anymore. A number padlock will come in real handy if you will stay in guest houses and hostels to secure your bag in a locker. You may want to bring a wire lock as well just in case you need to secure your backpack to a fence or a pole.

  • Bring a portable flashlight or a headlamp

A portable flashlight will be a big help if plan to go on hiking at night. You can also use it to find your way into your room during a brownout/blackout which is more common in developing countries. Even though a portable flashlight may already serve its purpose, a headlamp would is handier to walk hands-free. So, be sure to consider if it uses a rechargeable battery or not.

  • Bring a versatile power bank

Whether you use your gadgets a lot or not, it is always best to bring a versatile power bank for backup. You can use a power bank to recharge your cell phone, camera, flashlight, and other devices while outdoors. Check if its charging capacity is efficient enough to keep your gadgets alive until you get back to your room.

  • Eliminate more and carry less weight

It’s still not too late to let go a few more for your trip. You can still do a re-run and eliminate some items from your backpack if you think it’s too heavy. After all, you will be the one who will carry it all the time so, travel as light as possible.

Final Words

So there you have it. Now that you know how to pack a backpack for travel, you will find it easier to pack and travel. You will also avoid straining your back and shoulders every time you carry your backpack around. Just be creative and practical so you can improve your packing style as you travel more.