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Trip Essentials

Many people ask us what backpacking essential items they should have on their packing list, so we've listed our top 20 must have travel accessories below! We know every destination is different, but our trip essentials are here to get you started and give you an idea of what you should be stuffing into your travel backpack, no matter where your gap year may take you. We've included everything from hand gel to ward off stomach upsets and illness to mosquito repellents and nets to keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay. All our travel essentials are designed to be compact enough to store in your backpack without taking up valuable packing space. The travel equipment we have included on our essentials list is what our team would personally recommend! If you want more specific kit recommendations for a particular destination, you can also shop by destination. For more information on travel gear for your gap year, check out our backpacking essentials blog post.

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Travel Hand Sanitiser Gel
£0.49

Travel Hand Sanitiser Gel
Insect Bite & Sting Cream
£1.99

Insect Bite & Sting Cream
Pegless Travel Washing Line
RRP: £2.99
£1.99

Pegless Travel Washing Line
Pocket Sized Travel Torch
RRP: £3.99
£1.99

Pocket Sized Travel Torch
Travel Detergent
£1.99

Travel Detergent
Pits & Bits No Rinse Shampoo
£2.49

Pits & Bits No Rinse Shampoo
Oasis Water Treatment Tablets
£3.49

Oasis Water Treatment Tablets
Deluxe Money Belt
RRP: £5.49
£4.99

Deluxe Money Belt
 
 
Lifesystems Expedition 50+ Mosquito Repellent 50ml
RRP: £5.99
£5.49

Lifesystems Expedition 50+ Mosquito Repellent 50ml
Worldwide Plug Adaptor Kit
RRP: £9.99
£5.99

Worldwide Plug Adaptor Kit
 
 
Lifeventure Waterproof Zip Lock Bags
£6.49

Lifeventure Waterproof Zip Lock Bags
Care Plus Travel First Aid Kit
RRP: £9.99
£8.99

Care Plus Travel First Aid Kit
Mini Combination Cable Lock
£8.99

Mini Combination Cable Lock
 
 
Suncream Minis Pack
£9.99

Suncream Minis Pack
Trespass Bath Size Travel Towel
RRP: £16.99
£9.99

Trespass Bath Size Travel Towel
 
 
Water-to-Go 50cl Water Filter Bottle
£12.99

Water-to-Go 50cl Water Filter Bottle
 
 
Trekmates Lightweight Wedge Net
RRP: £19.99
£13.99

Trekmates Lightweight Wedge Net
 
 
Anti Bacterial/Mosquito Cotton Sleeping Bag - Rectangle
RRP: £19.99
£17.99

Anti Bacterial/Mosquito Cotton Sleeping Bag - Rectangle
 
 
Ultralite 100 1 Season Sleeping Bag
RRP: £29.99
£21.99

Ultralite 100 1 Season Sleeping Bag
 
 
Vango Freedom 60+20L Travel Backpack
RRP: £85.00
£69.99

Vango Freedom 60+20L Travel Backpack