How to Look Good When Living Out of a Backpack

How to Wear A Backpack So It Doesn't Kill Your BackWhether you’re new to the traveling scene or you’ve been on more trips than you care to remember, it always helps to be in the know before you head out on an adventure.

If you’re off on a hiking trip, for example, it’s best to take a backpack with you to store all your personal belongings. It’s only natural that you will want to feel comfortable throughout your trip, so here are a few ways to look good when living out of a backpack.

Find the Right Gear

Whether you’re traveling around the country or heading overseas, it’s important that you find the right gear for your backpacking trip. There are several essentials that you should have in your backpack, including a waterproof tent (if you will be camping), and a pair of sturdy shoes. You should choose a shoe made for hiking as this will provide you with comfort and support, enabling you to explore with ease. 

Pack Smart

Before you head out the door, it’s important that you make a detailed list, which outlines everything you need for your backpacking adventure. Make sure to revise it, especially once you begin filling your bag. For your clothing, you should always think about layers.

It’s always best to prepare for all types of weather conditions, helping you to stay comfortable and warm throughout your trip. When packing, the last thing you want is to be carrying more than you need, so try and aim for light and airy clothing, rather than items that will weigh you down.

Stay Organized

Filling your bag in the same order each time you use it will be an enormous help. One top tip that can make all the difference is using packing cubes. These cubes will compress your clothing, helping to take up less space, and allowing you to store the same items together without the need of having to look through your entire bag for a particular item.

If you need something fast, it can be a real hassle having to sift through all your belongings, so try and organize your items into categories and use packing cubes for each one, helping you to feel more in control and ready for your backpacking trip.

Stay Hydrated

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated. When backpacking, it’s likely that you will be on your feet for most of the day exploring, so keeping your body fueled is crucial. Carrying a water bottle around with you is a must and be sure to have enough water in your backpack to keep it topped up throughout the day.

The last thing you want is to get dehydrated, so rather than chugging water infrequently, it’s best to take many smaller sips which will help you to stay hydrated. Headaches, dry skin, and dizziness aren’t very fun to experience, especially when you’re traveling, so knowing the signs and symptoms of dehydration is key.

Look After Your Skin

With so many things to pack for your trip, it can be all too easy to forget about your skincare routine. No matter what type of climate you are going to, keeping your skin moisturized is crucial, helping to keep it healthy and looking fantastic. Make sure to rub lotion on your body too, as well as an SPF moisturizer on your face. 

Finding the right gear for your adventure, keeping your backpack organized, staying hydrated throughout your trip, as well as packing products to keep your skin moisturized and glowing can not only help you look good, but feel good too. Going on a backpacking trip should be one you’ll never forget, so make sure to stay organized and know what to pack before heading out.

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BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.

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