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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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Trespass Bath Size Travel Towel
RRP: £16.99
£9.99

Trespass Bath Size Travel Towel
 
 
Trekker Superlite 1-2 Season Travel Sleeping Bag
RRP: £39.99
£33.99

Trekker Superlite 1-2 Season Travel Sleeping Bag
 
 
Deluxe Money Belt
£4.99

Deluxe Money Belt
 
 
Pocket Sized Travel Torch
RRP: £3.99
£1.99

Pocket Sized Travel Torch
Packing Cubes
RRP: £12.99
£9.99

Packing Cubes
Lifeventure Waterproof Zip Lock Bags
RRP: £8.49
£6.99

Lifeventure Waterproof Zip Lock Bags
Lifeventure Combination Backpack Lock
RRP: £5.99
£4.99

Lifeventure Combination Backpack Lock
Biodegradable Multi-Purpose Travel Wash
£2.99

Biodegradable Multi-Purpose Travel Wash
Mini Combination Cable Lock
RRP: £9.99
£8.99

Mini Combination Cable Lock
 
 
Water-to-Go 50cl Water Filter Bottle
£13.99

Water-to-Go 50cl Water Filter Bottle
 
 
Solotrekk Travel First Aid Kit
RRP: £12.99
£10.99

Solotrekk Travel First Aid Kit
 
 
Lifesystems Expedition 50+ Mosquito Repellent 50ml
£5.99

Lifesystems Expedition 50+ Mosquito Repellent 50ml
Travel Ear Plugs
£3.49

Travel Ear Plugs
Dylon Non-Bio Travel Clothes Wash
RRP: £1.99
£1.59

Dylon Non-Bio Travel Clothes Wash
Solotrekk Deluxe Travel Clothes Line
£4.99

Solotrekk Deluxe Travel Clothes Line
Cocoon Anti-Mosquito Sleeping Bag Liner
RRP: £32.95
£25.99

Cocoon Anti-Mosquito Sleeping Bag Liner
Vango Freedom II 60+20 Travel Backpack - Grey/Blue
RRP: £100.00
£49.99

Vango Freedom II 60+20 Travel Backpack - Grey/Blue
Osprey Clear Carry On Wash Bag
£6.99

Osprey Clear Carry On Wash Bag
Osprey Sojourn 60 Wheeled Travel Backpack
RRP: £210.00
£164.99

Osprey Sojourn 60 Wheeled Travel Backpack
Solotrekk Microtraveller 50 Ultralight Sleeping Bag
RRP: £29.99
£22.99

Solotrekk Microtraveller 50 Ultralight Sleeping Bag
Eagle Creek Packing Cube Set - Black
RRP: £30.00
£24.99

Eagle Creek Packing Cube Set - Black