Preparing yourself for Backpacking

By: Nicholas Tan

Backpacking can be confusing, exhausting and possible dangerous. Therefore, preparations need to be made. Hostels usually offer single beds in private rooms, doubles, or dorm rooms. Without constraints or firm schedules, backpackers are completely free.

With only your pack on your back, there are no limits to what you can do or see. Cheap rooms are available in hostels in most cities and towns around the world. Some hostels are huge, providing beds for hundreds; others consist of a single room in a friendly family home.

Many hostels offer a wide range of activities - from city tours to white water-rafting. Essential gear for your trip will include Backpack ,Fast Drying Towel, Walking Shoes, Socks and Underwear, Long Underwear, Pillow Case, Sleeping Bag, Passport, Spy Wallet, Day Pack, Camera . Safeguard your important documents and money - Get one of those thin money belts that fit inside your clothes. That way you can carry your passport and money with you at all times.

Hostels have probably been around for over a thousand years as a low cost place for a traveler to stay for the night. Today, many hostels are not unlike budget hotels where the only significant difference is the price. Almost all hostels offer lockers, either free of charge or for hire so that people staying in dormitories can lock up their valuables.

Hostelling is, in part, the act of traveling and staying in hostels, and is referred to as "backpacking" in many parts of the world. Planning that seems so trivial at home can become complicated when you are in a strange place. Generally, large city hostels are open 24 hours per day, while others may have shorter opening hours. Many hostels in the country are so quiet you can hear your heart beat.

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