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DOCUMENTS - in your money belt:

  • Passport (and copy, kept in a separate place)
  • Visa(s) (if required)
  • HI membership card
  • International student/youth/teacher ID
  • Tickets (airline, bus pass, etc.)
  • Hostel reservation info
  • Insurance info
  • Credit cards and/or bank card
  • Cash (US or CAD and local currency)
  • Vaccination card (if required)

 

CLOTHING - in your back pack:

  • 3 days worth of everyday clothing
  • Warm sweater or fleece jacket
  • Wind/rain jacket
  • Swimsuit and/or shorts
  • Hat / Cap
  • Hiking/walking footwear
  • Sports sandals (great for icky bathrooms)
  • 80% wool socks (for dry feet)
  • Hat with brim, and a bandana

 

ESSENTIAL ACCESSORIES - in your day pack:

  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Band-aids, painkillers, prescription medicines
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (DEET)
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Flashlight
  • Duct tape
  • Sewing kit (nylon thread)
  • Guidebooks, language aids
  • Camera and film
  • Letter writing supplies and addresses
  • Travel journal

TOILETRIES - in a toiletry bag (huh!):

  • Shampoo and conditioner (non-leak bottles; no flip tops)
  • Soap and/or antibacterial cleansing gel
  • Deodorant
  • Hair styling: gel or spray, comb/brush, etc. (not too much!)
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss
  • Deodorant
  • Contact lens supplies
  • Tampons (sometimes hard to find)
  • Small towel
  • Toilet paper (sometimes hard to find or of poor quality)
  • Waterproof pouch for stowing documents when showering
  • Universal sink stopper

 

FIRST AID KIT:

 

  • Band-aids (various sizes)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Painkillers
  • Vitamins
  • Antiseptic powder/cream or tea tree oil
  • Moleskin/second skin or foot powder
  • Calamine lotion or Solarcaine (for sunburns)
  • Diarrhea and nausea medication
  • Contraceptives
  • Nail clippers, tweezers, small scissors

 

OTHER STUFF - (remember the key rule!):
  • Sleeping bag with pack-straps (don't take one if you don't have to)
  • Mosquito net
  • Neck pillow
  • Alarm clock or watch with alarm
  • Hairdryer
  • Electrical adapters and converters
  • Portable music player and media (CDs, tapes, MDs)
  • Binoculars

 

ORGANIZATION:

  • Elastic bands
  • Mesh bag for laundry
  • Stuff sacks and small nylon bags
  • Waterproof pouch or zip-lock freezer bags

 

SECURITY:

  • Locks for pack zippers
  • Padlocks for hostel lockers
  • Cable lock for pack
  • Safety whistle or personal alarm
  • Nylon pack cover (keeps pickpockets out)
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