Many people dream of travelling the world and many of those who do opt to go backpacking in order to save money and be as flexible as possible. It’s an incredible opportunity if you are able to go, though understandably getting yourself prepared can be a pretty big task. It’s best to start as early as you can to make sure you are completely ready and have everything you need to go. Here are some things to think about:
- Travel immunisations. Depending on where you are going, you could end up needing quite a few of these. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible. Many countries will require yellow fever vaccination certificates, and anti-malarial tablets are also a common requirement. Some vaccinations such as rabies will require multiple injections, so make sure you allow plenty of time before your trip.
- Buy your walking shoes. You will need to walk these in before you leave so buy them well in advance. This is especially true if you are going to be doing a lot of hiking and need walking boots. The last thing you want is to be wearing new boots abroad and end up covered in blisters.
- Make a comprehensive list, and tick things off as you do them. It can get so confusing trying to organise everything, so keep track.
- Get your backpack sorted. Go into the shop to try it on if you can, or order various ones to try on the internet. It will be a very personal thing so get one that is right for you, and choose a design that has hip straps to help prevent back injuries.
- Beginning booking flights, hostels etc. You don’t need to book everything – inevitably your plans will change slightly when you’re on the road – but booking a few of your first destinations will help it all to feel real.
Once you have planned your backpacking trip, you will feel much better about it all. Get organised and you’ll soon be raring to go.