Mitzi Ilagan |

After a few minutes of meditation inside your room, you have decided that you need to go soul-searching. The problem is, you have nothing: no company, no large budget, no plans, no idea.

But nowadays, backpacking has become a thing. What is it, anyway?

Backpacking is a low-cost form of travel wherein you’d have to bring your materials all in one backpack (that is why it is called backpacking). You have to use public transport, cheap lodging and practical use of available resources for a more exciting adventure. Backpacking is usually done independently, but you could always go for a backpacking trip with your squad.

Here are the necessities for your backpacking:

  1. Plan

First things first. You should know where you want to go. Choose a destination that you could reach that place with or without company, which fits your budget and which would be practical for your resources. You could look for information on the Internet and read reviews so that you could have choices. Consider the time, weather and physical attribute of the destination so that you would know what to bring according to it. Also, you should be able to know how you would get to that place as you travel. Make an itinerary out of the information that you have gathered so that your trip would be organized.

  1. Backpack

What your backpack would contain would depend on where you will go and how many days you would stay. These are the essentials for a backpacking trip:

  • Comfortable clothes suitable for your destination
  • shoes/footwear (depending on your destination)
  • sleeping materials (blanket, sleeping bag, tent)
  • first aid kit
  • flashlights or headlamp
  • maps or GPS
  • toiletries
  • powerbank
  • camera

Pack as lightly as possible so that you won’t have a hard time walking around.

  1. Food

One good thing about backpacking is being able to spend less. And if you’d pack meals for your trip, you would absolutely save more. If you’d choose to bring cooked food, make sure that the ingredients are not likely to spoil after a few hours. It would be best to bring fresh food and fruits, canned goods and ready-to-eat food so that you don’t have to improvise your cooking tools. Also, food that is in bulky containers could be transferred to ziplocks and secured plastic containers. You should also not forget to bring water; it may be too heavy to bring with you but it is one important necessity that you should not forget. The general rule is that the heavy and large things must be at the bottom of the backpack and then the lighter materials should be placed at the top and around it. Small items and snacks should be placed in pockets so that it would be easy to get them when needed.

In backpacking, you are to expect that everything would happen spontaneously, and if not, not everything that you may plan would really happen. If you’re into backpacking, organized campsites are not for you because that would mean less adventure.

If you are to go backpacking in the Philippines, you would have to choose from the diverse environments but are worth going to. You could choose from the islands, caves, forest trails or even mountain hiking sites. Some of the backpacking destinations that you could venture in the Philippines are:

Palawan: this place boasts a number of islands, caves and beaches which you could explore. There are boatmen who offer tours around the island, and it would be best to go with other groups to save money for the fare.

Bohol: known for the Chocolate Hills, this place is as good as other destinations because you have a lot of places to check out, such as beaches, their local villages and the home of the tarsiers.

Batanes: This one up in the north is one place that backpackers dream to go to. It is a postcard-worthy destination with tourist-friendly locals. You could go see their tourist attractions such as the Honesty store, Rapang cliff, Naidi hills, Basco lighthouse and the stone houses.

These are only a few from the numerous destinations that you could choose to go. Your first backpacking adventure may not be as perfect as you expect it to be, but going for a second, third or even thirtieth trip may finally make you a master backpacker.

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