Backpacking is becoming popular for millennial Malaysians. Because Malaysia’s geographical locations are close to dozens of beautiful countries and airlines are providing affordable ways of flying, traveling has become accessible. Backpacking is the preferred way of travel as it is low-cost, independent and feeds your sense of wanderlust. However, there are dozens of pitfalls to backpacking because it allows you to be so mobile in a foreign destination. Thanks to technology, backpacking has become a lot safer and convenient. Before heading off, take a look at our Malaysian Backpacker’s checklist and start preparing.
- Bring a Powerbank and Adaptor
Every place you go may not have a suitable outlet so a powerbank can juice up your mobile phone. Not every country’s electric outlets have the same size so it would be wise to bring a transformable adaptor.
- Buy Travel Insurance
A must-do before getting on a plane is to buy travel insurance online in Malaysia. Travel insurance provides medical and liability coverage and protects you from any flight-related mishaps.
- Create Travel Soundtrack
No trip is complete with a suitable soundtrack to create a mood of wanderlust.
- Download Essential Applications
Technology has contributed to the popularity of backpacking. Download apps like Google Maps and Uber for navigation and transportation, as well as, language applications for communication.
- Handy a Padlock
Security is an essential when traveling. With no permanent home base, purchase a sturdy lock to keep your material belongings safe and secure while you slumber.
- Make Online Copies of Travel Documentation
Passports, credit cards, and visas are crucial documents when traveling. With all these items squished in your backpack, there’s a chance they could go missing. You should scan these documents and upload them to Google Drive or any Cloud service to assure you have them at all times.
- Make Yourself Traceable
It’s easy to get lost when exploring a foreign land. In case you go missing, have a loved one back home trace your mobile’s GPS signal, so you’ll always be on the map
- Pack Medicine
While sickness does not cross your mind when planning a trip, it’s important to be prepared for fever, stomach viruses among other illnesses in a foreign land.
- Pack a Foldable Rain Jacket and Bag Cover
Weather can make or break a vacation. Always pack a foldable and space-saving rain jacket and cover for your backpack for a rainy situation.
- Prepare Backup Service
Photos are an essential takeaway. Get a backup service for photos snapped on your phone or Wi-Fi-enabled camera like Dropbox where your photos are automatically stored.
Before heading on your backpacking excursion, make sure to accomplish these ten tasks to have a comfortable, safe and adventurous trip. Come back to Malaysia yearning to go backpacking once again.