Bringing a daypack on any kind of travels is almost as essential as breathing fresh air. The feeling of dropping off your suitcase, packing a bag and starting a new day of exploration is quite thrilling. But, what exactly is necessary on a typical day of sightseeing? Besides packing the obvious items such as a camera and wallet, there are some quintessential necessities every traveler should pack in a day pack.

Invest in a durable, waterproof bag: Spending money on a proper, good quality bag will be the best investment in the long run. Going through many cheap bags can be frustrating when they break easily or can be found in the hands of a lurking stranger. It’s not necessary to buy the most expensive bag, but find an item that has a lot of compartments, zippers and storage space. Make sure it is waterproof so your valuables aren’t destroyed as well. A good quality bag will also fit better on your shoulders if it might be heavy with a guidebook or a DSLR camera.

A refillable water container: Keeping hydrated on the road is not only important in higher temperature climates, but for anyone going about a normal travel day. Imagine, finding yourself huffing and puffing after going up and down the hills of San Francisco in a mild climate, and you’re gasping for a quick quench. Refillable containers are not only convenient, but environmentally friendly. An extra perk is to purchase a container with a water filter, especially if you’re traveling to countries with unreliable tap water.

Compartment bags: These bags may look like small makeup pouches, but they are an upgrade from zip lock bags that might tear and break. For the ladies, they are helpful to organize random accessories, such as hair clips, lip balm, nail files or other small items you may not want to throw in your day pack. Guys can find this useful to store important items, such as tour passes, tickets or keys that might get lost in your daypack. Bring along bigger compartment bags to store souvenirs you might purchase that may be fragile.

A customized first aid kit: Your modern first aid kit will always have the essentials: Band-aids, alcohol pads and gauze. But, why not create a kit that is customizable to your needs? Do you frequently get headaches on a hot travel day? Perhaps you drank too much the night before and could really use an Alka-Seltzer before starting a walking tour. Create a mini kit with items you may personally need. They don’t have to be medical necessities either; they can have random things such as your favorite gum, a toothbrush and toothpaste, or extra batteries for your camera.

Entertainment items: Now that your day pack is filled with the must-have items, why not have something to keep you entertained on the road? Every hates a long travel day, or having disruptions while waiting to take off for a trip. It’s simple to throw in a light book, an iPod or a blank notebook to jot notes during some down time on a trip. You’ll never be bored and perhaps might these entertainment items relieving during a stressful situation abroad. If you’re traveling in a group or with a family, think about always carrying playing cards; it’s lightweight and perfect to play any game at any place.


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