Urban Backpacking Essentials: Travel Accessories

To make your backpacking trip easy, you should have appropriate and reliable gear in your backpack. No matter it is travel clothing, toiletries, electronic gadgets or accessories, you shouldn’t ignore their importance. This article intends to help you in making a quick checklist of travel accessories that you should take on your next urban backpacking journey.

Here is the list of essential travel accessories that you should carry:

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Osprey Packs Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack
Browning Jackson Backpack
AmazonBasics Carry-On Travel Backpack
eBags Packing Cubes - 3pc Set
AmazonBasics 4-Piece Packing Cube Set
Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube Set
Eagle Creek Packable Daypack
Outlander Ultra Lightweight Packable Daypack
Fjallraven - Kanken No. 2 Backpack for Everyday
PacSafe Metrosafe Ls350 Anti-theft 15l Backpack
Youphoria Outdoors Microfiber Quick-Dry Travel Towel
PackTowl Personal Microfiber Towel
Biospired Footprint Lightweight Microsuede Towel

1. Travel backpack

Let’s start with the most important thing, the backpack. A sturdy and comfortable travel backpack with a lot of storage compartments should work great for most backpackers. They come in different kind of shapes and sizes, but you should only select the one that fits you best.

Here are some backpacks that we recommend:

Osprey Packs Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack
Osprey’s Farpoint’s suspension system excellently transfers the load from the harness to hip belt. Its ventilation is improved by the mesh at the back that also prevents chafing when carrying a heavy load. Its nylon construction provides additional protection during rain. There’s a mesh pocket inside for storing small items and a separate compartment to keep your laptop/tablet safe and secure (if you are carrying one). To prevent cargo shifting during transit, it consists of dual compression straps.

Another version of this backpack is also available that is specially designed for females, check it here.

Browning Jackson Backpack
The browning Jackson backpack is built with gear-specific storage pockets that will let you pack your essential gear conveniently (one of its gear-specific pockets also includes a water bottle pocket). It is equipped with breathable air mesh and baumshell fabric to make your trip much more comfortable.

AmazonBasics Carry-On Travel Backpack
This backpack by AmazonBasics is ultra-flexible and lightweight, made of durable polyester, which makes it perfect for urban journeys. It is built strong enough to withstand most weather conditions and keep your belonging safe. For extra comfort, it also includes both internal and external compression straps. Its upper packing compartment allows better organization of your gear.

It features a sternum strap, waist belt, and shoulder strap that are all removable and have their own storing space. It also comes with well-placed exterior handles that make airport transit much easier.

2. Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are small and lightweight storage bags that can be used to organize your clothes in a much better way. You can use different packing cubes for different items – for example, you can store your socks in one and underwear in another.

Also, they make it easy for you to access your clothes without having to search through everything. Here are some that we recommend:

eBags Packing Cubes – 3pc Set
This 3pc set includes three sizes; large, medium, and small. You can use them to pack different items as mentioned above. They are equipped with self-healing zippers that provide lifetime reliability. All three of them have different mesh patterns so you can easily identify the items inside.

AmazonBasics 4-Piece Packing Cube Set
This one’s a 4pc set that includes small, medium, large, and a slim bag. You can use the slim one to put your little accessories and the other ones to store socks, undergarments or belts. They are made of high-quality fabric and equipped with double zipper pulls.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube Set
The Eagle Creek packing cube set includes 4 high-quality cubes with a quick-grab handle. They are perfect to carry and keep important things within hand’s reach. Their transparent mesh top makes it easy to see what items they contain inside.

3. Ziploc Bags

Use normal plastic bags to separate your wet or dirty clothes. Ziploc Big Bags can also be used for storing shoes or any other item that you want to separate from your clothing. These bags are sealable, flexible, and have built-in handles for more convenience.

4. Travel Daypack

Bringing a compact backpack would be a great choice for carrying around your daily stuff like camera, map, diary, jacket, etc. that you want to keep close. The more lightweight and small your daypack is, the more easily it can be packed away in your luggage.

For urban backpacking, you should have two backpacks. The first one is the major one that will be used to carry all the luggage and the other one is the secondary backpack that is intended to store things like snacks, camera, jacket, etc. that you can’t just carry around in your pocket.

Recommended daypacks:

Eagle Creek Packable Daypack
The best thing about this daypack is that it can be folded in on itself, this way you can save space and pack it conveniently in your primary backpack. It weighs only 7.5oz and is equipped with mesh shoulder straps for more comfort.

Outlander Ultra Lightweight Packable Daypack
Made with highly rip and water-resistant nylon fabric, this daypack provides high-quality performance and durability. It weighs only 0.46 pounds and comes in three different capacities i.e. 20L, 25L, and 33L. It can also be packed into itself for more convenience.

Fjallraven – Kanken No. 2 Backpack for Everyday
The Kanken No. 2 by Fjallraven is made with 100% vinyl fabric that is water-resistant and waxed for ultimate protection against wind and downpour. It has leather handles for a good grip and a heavy duty seat pad for back protection. It weighs only 1.2 lbs.

PacSafe Metrosafe Ls350 Anti-theft 15l Backpack
This one’s an anti-theft backpack that provides safety and security to your belongings within. It has dual lockable zippers and is equipped with cut-proof materials for enhanced security. Another great thing about it is the RFID blocking pocket to store your credit/debit/id cards safely.
If you want to roam around the city carrying your gear i.e. a camera or a laptop, then this 15L daypack is a perfect choice to go for.

5. Travel Towel

Travel towels are different from those normal towels you use in your homes. They do not take hours to dry like normal towels, making it easy for you to put them with your clothes without worrying about anything. These are good in soaking up a lot of liquid and the air dries them in few hours only.

Here are the recommended ones:

Youphoria Outdoors Microfiber Quick-Dry Travel Towel
These microfiber towels come in three different sizes. Each one can be used to serve various purposes, for instance, you can use the bigger one as a beach towel and the little one to dry your face. These travel towels can hold 5 times their weight in water and dry up to 10 times faster than normal towels.

PackTowl Personal Microfiber Towel
PackTowl personal microfiber towel measures 10×14 inches and weighs about 20 grams only. It can hold 4 times its weight in water and dries 70% faster than cotton towels. The Polygiene Odor Control keeps the towel fresh even after several uses.

Biospired Footprint Lightweight Microsuede Towel
This microsuede towel is excellent in absorbing water and evaporating it quickly. It’s anti-microbial, which means it will keep fresh and bacteria-free even after extended use. It also has an airflow pouch that can be clipped to your backpack for on-the-go drying.

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Streamlight Nano Light
Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro LED PenLight with Holster
Cabeau Evolution Cool Travel Pillow
BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Neck Pillow
Kmall Inflatable Travel Pillow
JOOMFEEN Worldwide All in One Universal Power Adapter
HUANUO Universal Travel Adapter
EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter
Nalgene Tritan Narrow Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle
Vapur Eclipse BPA Free Foldable Water Bottle with Carabiner
GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier Bottle

6. Mini Flashlight

A mini flashlight is cheap and won’t add up any extra weight. You can use it to navigate through dark streets, illuminate your luggage, etc. A mini flashlight can also be used as a keychain.

Recommended:

Streamlight Nano Light
The Streamlight Nano flashlight measures 1.47 inches in length and weighs 0.8oz only. It is equipped with a 5mm white light that can provide a 100,000hr lifetime. Its bottom has a high-quality hook that you can snap into your backpack’s strap and use the flashlight whenever you want.

Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro LED PenLight with Holster
The 66118 LED penlight gives out a maximum of 100 lumens that are more than enough to provide good illumination. It is powered by 2 AAA alkaline batteries that are extremely easy to find in local superstores. Its stylus design enables you to easily slip it into your pocket. Once fully charged, you can use it for about 6.5 hours.

7. Travel Pillow

While traveling, the amount of sleep you get is never enough and not much comfortable. Whether you are traveling on a bus, plane, or train, a small nap is never much pleasant. Especially when traveling on train or bus, you will require a travel pillow that can assist your neck in positioning better and help you sleep peacefully.

Recommended Travel Pillows:

Cabeau Evolution Cool Travel Pillow
The Cabeau Evolution Cool travel pillow is equipped with dual-density memory foam that will provide comfort no matter in which direction your head moves. To keep your head and neck cool during the trip, the innovative technology comes into play that consists of vents to pass the air across.

You can also shrink it to half its size for easy packing. It is designed in a way that you can even put on your headphones and listen to music while resting.

BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Neck Pillow
The Bcozzy travel pillow wraps gently around your neck and provides support to your head, neck, and chin while you rest. Whether you are going on a bus, car, train, or a plane, this travel pillow will help you sleep upright without getting a stiff neck.

Attach it to your carry-on backpack with the help of snap strap or compress and pack it into a handbag, the choice is yours.

Kmall Inflatable Travel Pillow
The Kmall travel pillow needs only 30 seconds to inflate and a couple of seconds to deflate. It’s lightweight and has pockets where you can put your eye mask, keys, cards, phone, etc. It has an innovative ergonomic patent design that enables you to sleep better in maximum comfort sitting position. It is made of sweat-absorbent and breathable cotton that won’t hurt your skin. Being an inflatable travel pillow, you can adjust it according to the size of your head.

8. Travel Adapter

To keep using your electronic devices over the entire journey, you will need to keep them charged. Here a travel adapter comes in handy as most countries have different types of power outlets that may or may not support your existing adapter’s voltage requirements. For instance, you’ll need the British “Type G” three prong adapter if you are backpacking to the United Kingdom. However, most of Europe uses the Type C, F, and E adapter.

Recommended Travel Adapters:

JOOMFEEN Worldwide All in One Universal Power Adapter
You can use this adapter in more than 150 countries for charging almost every USB-powered electronic device. It has 2 USB ports that are compatible with most devices and enable you to charge up to 3 devices simultaneously. It is also equipped with a built-in surge protector to keep your electronic devices safe and secure from a sudden voltage spike.

HUANUO Universal Travel Adapter
The Huanuo universal travel adapter consists of 4 USB 2.4a ports and has the capability to allow 5 devices to be charged simultaneously. It can take care of your power needs across 150 countries. There are two 6.3A fuses in it that prevent over-current, overload high temperature, and short circuits. It is also backed up by a lifetime warranty.

EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter
The EPICKA universal travel adapter allows fast charging so you don’t have to wait hours for your device to get charged. There are 4 USB ports, one type-C, and one AC socket. These ports enable you to charge up to six devices, all at once. It is compatible with almost all USB devices and features a safety mechanism to protect you and your device from electric shocks and surges.

9. Water Bottle

Keeping a normal water bottle in your backpack would help you keep hydrated all the time. You can also have your water bottle refilled if you do not want to spend any extra money on buying bottled water.

Recommended water bottles:

Nalgene Tritan Narrow Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle
It is made of Eastman Tritan polycarbonate that is BPA-free and odor resistant. It is available in two different sizes i.e. 16oz and 32oz, you can opt for the one that suits your requirements.

Vapur Eclipse BPA Free Foldable Water Bottle with Carabiner
The best thing about this water bottle is its ability to be folded and that is what makes it extremely convenient to pack in your backpack. It has a tightly sealed super cap to prevent leakage. It comes in two capacities i.e. 0.7L and 1.0L.

GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier Bottle
This one’s an optional choice because, in most developed countries, you don’t need to filter water but still, if you think you want additional protection then the Grayl ultralight water purifier bottle is a good choice to go for. You don’t have to suck, squeeze, pump, or wait to filter water, all you have to do is fill and press to drink filtered water. The award-winning design makes purified water drinking possible from any water source. It removes all kind of water living bacteria and filters out chemical particles present in the water source. It removes odor from the filtered water as well.

10. Collapsible Umbrella

If the weather is unpredictable where you are going then keeping a collapsible umbrella is a good choice. It is much better to buy it cheap beforehand than buying it expensive when you need it the most. We recommend the EEZ-Y Compact Travel Umbrella due to its lightweight construction and durable material used. Also, it doesn’t flip or invert in the wind like conventional umbrellas due to its double canopy design. It can be folded into 11 inches, which makes it easy to slip into your backpack or daypack.

Conclusion:

Backpacking with essential travel accessories helps a lot in making your journey convenient. Make sure you only carry what you need. For example, you can skip the umbrella and rainwear if you have checked the weather forecast that there will be no rain during the time period of your stay. However, all the things mentioned on the list above are essential travel accessories and should not be ignored. If you already have them, well and good, if you don’t, then you can get the recommended ones.

Hope you will have a great backpacking trip.

To check out which essential electronic gadgets you should take, click here.

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