How to Prepare For a Solo Backpacking Trip

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Contributor: Karen Lopez, Manila, Philippines  


Many people find it amazing to travel alone because of the unpredictable nature of the journey. You’ll never know what is in store for you. It also boosts your self-esteem since you need to face a lot of challenges and solve all problems along the way. Obviously, it will make you a better person.

Are you in for a solo trip someday? Check the top three ways to prepare for a solo backpacking trip.

Creating a Travel Plan Ahead of Time

If you’re going to travel alone, you’ll need to prepare a solid plan. Create a list of all the things you’ll need including plane tickets, accommodation, luggage, clothes, documents, pocket money and more.

By preparing a list, you will be able to identify the things that you need to buy ahead of time. You can also prioritize in preparing each item. For instance, you can book your plane tickets ahead of time to avail on travel deals offered online. You can also take advantage of cheap accommodation offers if you prioritize it. In that way, you can save money while preparing for your trip.

Aside from that, you can also check each list if something is missing. It isn’t advisable to forget something essential for the travel because you have no one to assist you quickly in case you need anything.

Researching about the Place You’ll Visit

Aside from preparing all your things for the solo trip, you should research about the place that you’re going to explore alone. It will give you an idea of where to go and what to do in the area. It will give you a sense of direction and you’ll always find a way to enjoy your trip.

In order to be familiar with the place, you can watch YouTube videos, read blog posts and online forums. After researching about the area online and offline, you’ll be more confident in traveling solo and it will really inspire you.

Be Mentally and Physically Ready

One of the best ways to enjoy a solo backpacking trip is to be mentally and physically prepared for the trip. Be sure to have a daily exercise regimen and have a balanced diet. You can go hiking and trekking to get ready for the journey.

Lastly, you can also check your notes about the travel destination that you have chosen and be familiar with the upcoming activities that you can do. You can tailor your preparation based on the things that you already know about the place through diligent research.


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