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30 Essential Items You Must Take Backpacking

While preparing for my upcoming (late-20s, second) gap yar, I put to my fellow travelling friends the question: What one thing item was the most useful?

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1. Microfibre towel, which can double up as a blanket

7. A gang (electrical multi-plug thingy) with a long extension wire. There are never, ever, ever, enough plug sockets!

14. Two small luggage padlocks, ideally combination ones, so when you're in random hostels and you have to provide your own lock but also want to keep your bag locked you can do it all

17. A Power Monkey (or similar), it's one charger for everything and you can top up batteries when you don't have a plug socket

27. A travel pillow, it makes overnight journeys a lot more comfortable

29. Decent plasters – Boots own-brand will just sweat right off

More suggestions are gladly received...

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