Planning a round the world trip? Don’t leave home without getting organised! Read on to see which things every modern backpacker should have:
1) Skype account
Stay in touch with family and friends using Skype. Simply download the software (and tell your friends to do the same) and you’ll be able to video call for free.
2) Internet banking
This will save you HEAPS of trouble when you’re overseas. Not only can you transfer money at the click of a button, you can scroll through previous transactions, pay off your credit card and even check for fraud. Highly recommended.
3) Online photo sharing
Facebook is great for sharing snaps but if you want to backup high-resolution photos then consider using Flickr or G-mail. It may take a little longer to upload but it’s worth having them all in once place.
4) Prepaid travel card
Read our advice on choosing the right bank card for your travels. Countless backpackers get stung by ATM fees and bank charges when they’re abroad – so we’ve come up with a solution!
5) Scan of passport
This is really important. Have a scan of your passport in your backpack and one saved on your laptop (or home computer.) That way, if it gets stolen you will still have a copy of your ID, passport number etc.
6) iPhone or netbook
Nearly every hostel has internet so it’s worth taking a small laptop or iphone with you. Just make sure you never leave them lying around and take a padlock for your locker.
7) Headphone splitter
Amazing for bus journeys! The headphone splitter is an adapter that let’s several people plugin to your iPod so you can listen to podcasts or watch movies together. Genious.
8) Moonpig account
Send cards to family and friends while you’re away using Moonpig. We love this service as you can set up birthday reminders, upload photos and create your own designs. Now you really don’t have an excuse for forgetting.
9) Waterproof camera