When we leave home in order to travel far away and go in search of adventure we should take a backpack as prepared as possible.
It is true that depending on the destination there will be some elements that change or are replaced by others. It is not the same to go on a trip to the desert, to trek through the jungle for several days or to go to the mountains. The same happens with the time of the year or the temperatures of the place where we go. Our backpack will be different if the destination is hot or cold, but there are a number of items to carry in the backpack that never change.
What We Always Carry In Our Backpacks
- First aid kit: Even if we carry travel insurance, it is always good to carry a first aid kit with basic medicines that can get us out of trouble. Paracetamol, ibuprofen, amoxicillin, antihistamine, serum … bandages, bandages, band-aids, Compeed blisters, betadine, adhesive tape, gauze … a small pair of scissors, needle and thread, tweezers, safety pins …
- Survival blanket: In cold or intense heat for an improvised bivouac or as a signaling object, an aluminized blanket is essential. There are two types, silver 200 gr and gold 50 gr, no matter where you travel and how long you are going to be, in case of unforeseen events this blanket can be more useful than you think, so it is an essential thing to carry in your backpack.
- Flashlight and / or headlamp: It is important to carry light to see the road or route if it gets dark, and to be seen if we are somewhere with vehicular traffic. In our case we use the new model CF4 from Columbus. It is light, resistant and waterproof, with an adjustable head. In addition, the elastic strap can be removed for use on the waist or backpack. It is USB rechargeable and has a flashing red LED function.
- Knife, if it is multipurpose better: It can always get you out of trouble. Be careful if you are traveling by plane because for security policies we can not take it with us as hand luggage, but if we are going on an adventure if nduda there is nothing more useful to carry in your backpack.
- Matches or lighter: It can be used to make signals, light a fire or prepare food. We carry waterproof matches in a watertight canister, to always have them ready for any adversity.
- Toilet bag: If we are going to carry our backpacks it is important that the toilet bag is as small as possible, so it is good to carry small bottles, about 100 ml for shampoo and gel. Toothbrush and toothpaste, comb, deodorant, cologne, wet wipes …
- Sunscreen: Important in sunny places as well as in the mountains, snowy or high altitude areas.
- Microfiber towel: Apart from being used to dry us when we get out of the shower, it can be used to dry our sweat or as a coat if it is cold.
- Toilet paper: It takes up little space and weighs little, and can be useful on various occasions.
- Water purification tablets: In several countries water can cause a visit to the hospital. And although it is best to always buy bottled mineral water, sometimes, because of the place where we are, it is impossible, and these tablets can save you, they are very useful because one tablet is enough for a liter of water.
- Flip-flops and bathing suit: Flip-flops are important to avoid fungus contagion in public bathrooms. And the bathing suit can get you out of trouble if you have to wash in crowded areas.
- Bottle or canteen: It will always allow us to carry water or any liquid, since it is very important to be hydrated.
- Sunglasses: Both for the sun and for the snow it is important to wear our sunglasses to protect our eyes. Even in places like the desert they can be very useful to protect us from sand or dust.
Other Important Items
- Sleeping bag: Choose it according to the temperature or climate of the destination. It is not only useful if you are going camping, but in many accommodations around the world you will feel more comfortable in your own sleeping bag. It can also be very useful on long journeys by train, boat… It is very important to be able to rest well to be able to perform better the next day. Although it may seem very bulky, it is a must that we must carry in the backpack and if we place it correctly we will not even notice that it is there.
- Trekking poles: In our adventures we can not miss trekking days, so the poles will be very helpful. Walking poles make hiking easier and reduce the risk of falls and injuries. They also improve balance and reduce fatigue. We use several models of Columbus Discover Nature, one of them the TK 3, telescopic, aluminum, lightweight and durable, with shock absorption system and ergonomic grip. Another model that we like a lot is the CB 5, made of carbon fiber, and like the previous one, it is light and resistant, with ergonomic handle and quick adjustment and locking system.
If The Destination Is Cold
- Warm clothing: A good option for the upper part is the three-layer theory, which is the one we use. It consists of always wearing 3 layers of warm clothing to insulate you from the cold and keep you warm without increasing the temperature too much.
- And for the lower part, thermal pants and tights.
- In addition to hat, gloves, neck warmer, thermal socks, waterproof boots…
If the destination is rainy or with a lot of humidity.
- The most important thing in this case is to wear a raincoat or poncho. We will always avoid feeling wet, in addition, if we fold it correctly it is an element to carry in the backpack that hardly takes up space.
- The backpacks must have a waterproof cover, all our Columbus Discover Nature backpacks have them included.
- Umbrella. Believe it or not, in many places, local people use umbrellas even for trekking in the jungle or mountains, we learned this in Nepal. If it rains a lot, it prevents water from running between the back and the backpack, and the inside of the backpack from getting wet. We have found on several occasions that after many hours in the rain the water gets everywhere.
- Waterproof shoes. They are very, very important. For wet terrain or adverse weather situations the most suitable are waterproof shoes because they will always keep our feet dry, although many times we go out only with the pair of shoes we are wearing, we must carry in the backpack a pair of dry shoes, in case the ones we are wearing get wet.
If The Destination Is Hot
- Highly breathable clothing: Avoid sweating and feeling wet.
- Wear a long-sleeved, thin top: In some places, no matter how hot they are, temperatures can drop at night.
- Detachable pants: They are highly recommended since we have a 2×1; in the central hours of the day we can wear them short and avoid getting hot, but later in the day when temperatures drop, we can use them as long pants.
- Cap or hat: We must avoid sunstroke at all costs.
- Light sneakers or sport sandals.
If you are going camping
- Tent: You should choose the model depending on the trip and your needs. It is always advisable to carry a light tent that makes it easy to carry, and to place it in such a way that the weight is distributed correctly throughout the backpack. Although it is somewhat uncomfortable, the tent is something that must be carried in the backpack, so we must place it carefully.
- Mattress or insulating mat: We recommend inflatable mats, since they take up very little space and are lightweight. A good example is the 6TFPM model from Columbus Discover Nature, ultra-light, compact and easy to inflate thanks to its integrated foot pump.
- Inflatable and kitchen utensils: Within this field there are many models to choose from, the most advisable is to carry the lightest and most compact possible, without forgetting that it must meet safety standards.
Computer and photographic equipment
- Camera: The photographic equipment is something very personal, and should be adapted to the trip and the level of the photographer. We carry a couple of bodies with different lenses, apart from the action cameras, although it is not essential if we go on an adventure, if we are amateurs in photography, it is necessary to carry different equipment in the backpack.
- Accessories: memory cards, filters, automatic shutter, various cables, etc.
- Tripod: For long trips it is advisable to carry a compact and light tripod.
- Power bank or external batteries: Important to charge your cell phone, camera batteries, iPad. Although we all like to disconnect when we are in the middle of nature, it is very important to be able to be located or alert someone in case of an emergency, so computer equipment, or at least a power-bank or external battery, is a must to carry in your backpack.
- Laptop: Very important to make backup copies of all the photographic material that we obtain.
- Power adapters: In several countries, adapters of this type are needed to be able to access the electric current.