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Backpacking Travel Gear


See reviews for the latest and greatest travel gear gadgets, toys, backpacks, and useful stuff that will make your travels more enjoyable! I would never recommend a piece of travel gear that I don't use myself or haven't personally put to the test.


Travel Survival Kit Travel Survival Kit

Greg shares what he’s currently carrying in his travel survival kit for Nepal.

Guide to Budget Travel in Cuba Guide to Budget Travel in Cuba

Expert budget travel advice for going to Cuba – by Amanda Formoso

Choosing the Best Travel Backpack Choosing the Best Travel Backpack

Use this size chart and expert advice for choosing the best backpack.

How to Carry Money While Traveling How to Carry Money While Traveling

Get help deciding between cash, cards, and travelers checks.

How to Travel Responsibly How to Travel Responsibly

Responsible travel is easy, here’s how to do it!

Calling Home While Traveling Calling Home While Traveling

Calling home while on the road can be expensive if you don’t do it right – use Skype!

10 Tips for Keeping Your Backpack Safe 10 Tips for Keeping Your Backpack Safe

10 ways to keep your backpack safe from thieves while traveling.

Avoid Insect Bites Avoid Insect Bites

How to avoid insect bites while backpacking. By Erik McLaughlin MD

Malaria Information Malaria Information

Malaria Information for backpacking travel in high risk areas. Malaria = bad!

Travel Diarrhea Travel Diarrhea

TD is common for all backpackers going to a new place and eating street food. Read how to avoid it.

Backpacking Books Backpacking Books

Some highly recommended backpacking books to read either before or during your journey.

Backpacking Packing List – continued Backpacking Packing List – continued

Backpacking Packing List – Part two of our detailed list

Backpacking Packing List Backpacking Packing List

Backpacking Packing List – what to pack and NOT pack on your big trip