Female Backpackers Take Note: 10 Tips Worth Reading

This post is by Elana Zygman, one of our contributors. 

Planning a backpacking trip this summer? Going alone? Here are a few tips from our resident female backpacker, Elana.

10. A backpack: If you have separation anxiety from leaving those few extra clothes or makeup items behind, this is a must. Make sure you can carry its weight and that everything fits under flight regulations.

9. Nothing Irreplaceable: Pack clothes you won’t mind dragging through the mud, wearing for two nights and two days straight and can’t throw out after since you’ll never want to see those clothes again.

8. mp3 player and a book: Music can be a companion, distraction and great for ear plugs in noisy hostels or buses. Books kill time and are fun to trade in different cities.

7. Bug spray and suntan lotion: Mosquitoes are not your friends. Neither is a big nasty burn.

6. Anti-Bacterial Gel: Although a little dirt never hurt, sometimes that infested squatter toilet isn’t cute.

5. Micro-fiber towel: It’s super thin, easy to pack and dries 10x faster.

4. A notebook: You are going to want to write down directions, emails from your new friends and how to say delicious in the local language

3. A large SD camera chip or external hard drive: Taking pictures is sort of your job.

2. At least two ATM cards: Learn from my mistake where I left my only debit card in an ATM machine and had to be wired money for a month in three separate countries. Hidden emergency cash doesn’t hurt either.

1. A smile: While traveling, what can go wrong, will. Honey attracts more bees than vinegar and smiling is sometimes the only thing you can do!

Image via blueinfaccia‘s flickr stream

Enhanced by Zemanta

Hi! I’m Megan,

a Scorpio sun and Libra moon who left her job in the music industry to travel and write full-time. Since then, i´ve explored more than 60 countries in the hopes that you will, too.

The world is made of magic and so are you!


Here’s Why Vacation Ownership With Hilton Grand Vacations is the Travel Solution You Need

We’ve all stayed at a Hilton hotel at one point or another and, if you have not, you are at least familiar with the brand. The Hilton name has been around for more than 100 years and to date, there are more than 6,300 properties and resorts within the Hilton portfolio of brands.   One of these brands is Hilton Grand Vacations. Unlike a traditional fixed–week timeshare program, HGV

Read More »
top reasons to visit Kerala in 2020

Here’s Why I Want to Visit Kerala (and you should, too)!

Every so often, I write about a destination I haven’t been to. As much as I love recounting trips and sharing my experiences here on Bohemian Trails, I also love to dream; dream about people and places I’ve never crossed paths with. That’s the traveler in me, the explorer that believes in the magic of

Read More »

My Favorite Caribbean Islands to Escape to This Winter

Winter is in full swing, which means that there’s still time to plan that weekend getaway. An east-coaster from birth and having lived in New York for seven years, the Caribbean remains my go-to winter destination. In many cases, you’ll find direct flights (or nearly direct) and within a few hours, you are on a

Read More »

Reflections on the Lake: Join us in Guatemala this New Years!

Pack your bags, notepads and Yoga mats. We’re going to Guatemala! I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be co-leading another writing + wellness + wanderlust retreat over New Years! Mark your calendars for December 29-January 3. My co-leader, Heather Suzanne, is not only one of my favorite Yoga teachers I’ve had the pleasure of

Read More »

Want to Work Remote? These 5 Degrees Will Help

Back when I was starting college, I had very different ideas of what my life would become. For years, I planned on being a child psychologist and was pretty content with that. Then something happened; I studied abroad, landed a job in the fashion industry and everything changed. I started to realize that I wanted

Read More »

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. More information

Use of cookies

This website is using cookies for improving your experience as a user. If you keep on navigating you are giving your consent to the use of these cookies and our cookies policy. Click on the COOKIES POLICY, the link for more information. You can also check our PRIVACY POLICY.