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!