Packing for a backpacking trip the first time can be quite a challenge. People usually try to pack the same things as if going on a holiday, but it doesn’t quite work that way. It doesn’t matter if you have 2 more shirts in your suitcase. If you have them in your backpack though, you’ll feel them at every step you make. Don’t even think about taking stuff like a hairdryer with you. That might feel like sacrificing a lot of comfort, at first. Don’t worry, it’s actually more like realizing how much unnecessary stuff we own.
Your backpack is about the most important piece of equipment. Buying the wrong one will result in a lot of pain. Take your time with it, don’t buy one just because 1 person said he/she likes it. It might be perfect for him/her, but makes you suffer since it doesn’t fit your back. Some tips for packing your backpack aswell.