Wildlife & Nature
5 tips for packing the perfect rucksack for an adventure
A rucksack is the suitcase of an adventure traveller. You'll be carrying everything you need on your back, from batteries to trekking shoes, clothes to toothpaste so utilising every inch of space is key. The Family Adventure Company is no stranger to rucksacks, so check out these top five tips on how to pack the perfect rucksack for an adventure.
1. Get organised.
You're trekking the Inca Trail, pushing through crowds in Delhi, always on the move and organisation is key. Invest in some pillowcases for as little as a penny from the car boot and sort your bag out that way; pink for trousers, green for tops, flowers for shorts etc. It beats spending extra money you didn't budget for on special packing cubes when pillowcases are soft, can mould easily together and do just as good a job. Plus, if you find yourself without a pillow in Africa, you've got a ready-made one.
2. Pockets are precious.
A great rucksack should have lots of sections and pockets. It's so much easier when you have a pocket for socks, a pocket for your quick dry towel and a pocket for your torch because you will always know where to find everything in a hurry. Invest in a rucksack with pockets and plan each one.
3. Where's my wash kit?
Most probably, the first thing your family will need or want, other than a bed, when you arrive in Thailand after an 11 hour flight is your wash kit. You might think it's easier to pack it in the middle of your clothes, securing all bottle tops and lids, but grab a waterproof wash kit and pack it as the very last thing. There's nothing worse than one shower left and you can't find your wash kit. Perhaps attach a torch to the zip or somewhere easily accessible, like a side pocket, in case the first stop is a campsite.
4. Plan then pack.
At some point in your trip, you're going to need everything that you have packed, but all at once, highly unlikey. Before you go, have a think about the destinations and types of activities you're family are going to be doing. Will you need your swimming shorts on day one in Buenos Aires or can they go further down the bag until Rio? Will you need a long sleeve shirt for the temples in Burma as soon as you arrive or can they wait until Bagan on day three? Imagine you're about to bed down in the heart of the Serengeti but you've packed your warm fleece right at the bottom of the first compartment, you don't want to be pulling mountains of clothes out of the bottom compartments to reach your fleece.
5. Invest in a rucksack that opens like a suitcase.
It might be cheating, but you'll be kicking yourselves when the other family whips open their zip to display a perfect selection of pillowcases, next to each other instead of on top of each other. This gives you an extra option; top zip fastening when you have limited space aboard a sleeper train in Vietnam or special suitcase zip when you have that one precious night in Zanzibar inside a bungalow.
Our adventures just got even more hassle-free.
Other blogs for this trip
- Text messages home from India (Tiger Trails and Taj)
- My family trip to North India
- 12 hours in Delhi
- We won!
- Tigers & the Taj Mahal by Honey - aged 10
- India blog - Tiger Trails and Taj Mahal
- Top Ten India Tips
- Top 10 tips for Tanzania - by Lucien Millard, aged 8
- Following footprints in Tanzania - by Phoebe Millard, aged 15
- Secrets of Tanzania caught on a camera trap
- Cutest animals in Africa - by Honey Millard, aged 10
- Elephants in Tanzania - by Gabriel Millard, aged 13
- Rosie Millard on the Longleat Family African Safari
- Adventurous accommodation
- Why Kenya is great for a kids holiday
- Family fun in Kenya
- We won!