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Travel Backpacking Necessities & Travel Backpacking Checklist - What Do I Need As A Beginner Backpack Traveller? What Size Backpacking Pack Do I Need?

Travel Backpackers are defined by their desire to experience the world authentically to truly absorb the essence of a destination. Within the scope of the Travel Backpacker community, we find a wide range of people and accessories they need for their travels. Before we get into a full backpacking checklist and backpacking necessities, let's discuss the different types of travel backpackers.

First Things First:

What Type Of Travel Backpacker Will You Be?


Digital Nomads are individuals that leverage technology to work remotely while traveling. They have the flexibility to choose their destinations and often opt for locations with a good balance of work amenities and recreational opportunities. Digital Nomads can be freelancers, entrepreneurs, or remote employees who prioritize the ability to work from anywhere with a stable internet connection. Keep in mind what you'll need to work remotely while you travel.

Tour Groupees are travelers who prefer organized group tours when exploring new destinations. These tours are often led by guides and cover a predefined itinerary, providing a hassle-free travel experience. Tour Groupees enjoy the companionship of fellow travelers, the convenience of planned activities, and the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable guides. Keep in mind what your tour group will provide you while you travel.

Flash Packers are a modern breed of backpackers who combine elements of both luxury and budget travel. Flash Packers are willing to invest in higher-end gadgets, experiences, or accommodations. They seek a balance between affordability and comfort, often embracing technology and top travel gear. You may find them staying at nicer hostels or unique Airbnb experiences. Think about investing in better quality accessories that will last you this upcoming trip and future trips.

Budget Packers are travelers who prioritize cost-effective options in all aspects of their journey. They aim to minimize expenses on accommodation, transportation, and activities, allowing them to stretch their travel budget for longer periods. Budget Packers are resourceful and often find creative ways to explore destinations without breaking the bank. Think about starting to save for your trip today.

Backpacker Volunteers are individuals who combine travel with volunteer work. These travelers seek opportunities to contribute to meaningful projects in exchange for accommodation. Backpacker Volunteers are motivated by a desire to make a positive impact or learn new skills while immersing themselves in different cultures. Keep in mind what kind of volunteer work you will be doing.


Understanding what type of Backpack Traveller you will be can be helpful when you start to pack. For example, Digital Nomads would need to bring around more technology with them to do work while Tour Groupees may have a lot provided to them by their tour company - you don’t want to overpack.








And of course, a backpack!


 What Size Backpacking Pack Do You Need? Can Backpacking Packs Be Carry Ons?

The size of a backpacking pack for backpack travellers can vary depending on several factors such as the climate of the destination, the individual's packing style, duration, what they will be doing on travels etc. However, a common recommendation is to aim for a pack with a capacity ranging from 40 to 70 litres.

Let me rephrase that, you should aim for 40-70 liters of space in your backpack(s). Personally, I like to bring two smaller backpacks on my travels. This two-bag dynamic distributes the weight better and it saves you stress if you are dealing with airlines and their baggage restrictions. I also travel with my laptop so I can work remotely and this adds a decent amount of weight.  So I'll travel with a 40L backpack and a smaller 20L backpack. What is also nice about a 40/45L backpacking pack is that they function as carry ons.



  • Pack solid and neutral color clothing that can easily be paired or layered.
  • Consider purchasing travel insurance. You never know when an accident or a sickness may occur.
  • If you are backpack traveling in a colder climate, thermals and a neck gaiter will be your best friends.



I’m Mark, the Founder of Generation Nomad, Avid Travel Backpacker & Digital Nomad. I am passionate about helping others discover the world through my experiences. I solo backpacked for months at a time, lived abroad, and even speak two foreign languages. Besides collaborating on the best lightweight travel accessories for Travel Backpackers, I also love to share my travel photography.
Favorite Trips: Spain, Egypt & Vietnam 
Favorite Cuisines: Italian, Peruvian & Japanese
Quote: “Be a circle and just roll with it” 
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