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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 top 20 backpacking essentials blog post.

Top 20 Essentials

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Travel Hand Sanitiser Gel
£0.49

Travel Hand Sanitiser Gel
Dylon Non-Bio Travel Clothes Wash - 75ml
£1.75

Dylon Non-Bio Travel Clothes Wash - 75ml
Pocket Sized Travel Torch
RRP: £3.99
£1.99

Pocket Sized Travel Torch
Sea to Summit Compact Wilderness Wipes
£1.99

Sea to Summit Compact Wilderness Wipes
Biodegradable Multi-Purpose Travel Wash
£2.99

Biodegradable Multi-Purpose Travel Wash
Travel Ear Plugs
£3.49

Travel Ear Plugs
Solotrekk Pegless Travel Washing Line
£3.99

Solotrekk Pegless Travel Washing Line
Deluxe Money Belt
RRP: £5.49
£4.49

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

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

Worldwide Surge Protected Plug Adaptor
 
 
Lifeventure Waterproof Zip Lock Bags
RRP: £8.49
£6.99

Lifeventure Waterproof Zip Lock Bags
Lifeventure Black TSA Backpack Lock
£7.99

Lifeventure Black TSA Backpack Lock
Mini Combination Cable Lock
RRP: £9.99
£8.99

Mini Combination Cable Lock
 
 
Packing Cubes
RRP: £9.99
£8.99

Packing Cubes
Solotrekk Travel First Aid Kit
RRP: £12.99
£9.49

Solotrekk Travel First Aid Kit
 
 
Trespass Bath Size Travel Towel
RRP: £16.99
£9.99

Trespass Bath Size Travel Towel
 
 
Osprey Ultralight Padded Wash Bag - Poppy Orange
RRP: £15.00
£12.99

Osprey Ultralight Padded Wash Bag - Poppy Orange
Water-to-Go 50cl Water Filter Bottle
£13.99

Water-to-Go 50cl Water Filter Bottle
 
 
Trekmates Lightweight Wedge Net
RRP: £20.00
£14.99

Trekmates Lightweight Wedge Net
 
 
Cocoon Anti-Mosquito Sleeping Bag Liner
RRP: £32.95
£25.99

Cocoon Anti-Mosquito Sleeping Bag Liner
Trekker Superlite 1 Season Travel Sleeping Bag
RRP: £39.99
£25.99

Trekker Superlite 1 Season Travel Sleeping Bag
 
 
Vango Freedom II 60+20 Travel Backpack - Grey/Blue
RRP: £100.00
£59.99

Vango Freedom II 60+20 Travel Backpack - Grey/Blue