Expensive cameras, mobile phones and other valuable electronic equipment should be left at home, as well as expensive watches, jewelry, and other valuables. Dress normally and don't look like a tourist but assimilate into the local population.

For the journey an about 60 l backpack, preferably a high model instead of a broad one, would be your perfect choice. Moreover you would need a smaller rucksack for shorter trips. Packing recommendation: pack like for a regular journey and then discard half, so as to enable you to carry the backpack over the entire journey and to fill it with beautiful souvenirs. Only take along the absolutely necessay - if it is mom and dad, please wait a couple of years, or travel with them. It is a good idea to pack your clothes in plastic bags to ensure that even after a rainy day you'll have something dry to wear.

Contents of backpack

  • Passport and Interrail Pass
  • Money belt (to be kept inside the trousers)
  • Kettle (e.g. Trangia model)
  • Light sleeping bag (a bag sheet is an excellent sleeping bag in the heat of the summer.)
  • Light towel (e.g. a sheet that dries quickly)
  • so-called Jesus tape or grey tape to mend the backpack and a broken heart. You can also make a spoon or an umbrella of it.
  • Alarm-clock


The better your cutlery, the bigger your savings. But should your travel budget be generous, you can omit this section.

  • Knife (sharp) and fork
  • Jackknife with bottle and can opener
  • Kettle (e.g. Trangia model)
  • Mug


  • 1 shorts
  • Cap
  • Bathing suit
  • 2 pairs of trousers (light jeans and sweat pants)
  • 2 pairs of shoes (sandals and running shoes)
  • Coat (light)
  • Sweater (long sleeves)
  • Underwear

You are of course free to carry your entire wardrobe, but keep in mind that you can also buy things along the way.


The more you wash your clothes, the less clothes you need.

  • Clothesline
  • Detergent (no poisons, so as to spare your hands)


  • Lactic acid bacteria
  • Bandaid (blister bandaid and regular bandaid)
  • Painkillers
  • Gauze
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal hygienic items

In addition, maybe the following

  • Rescue blanket (light, requiring only little space, practical as bed)
  • Tent (check condition before departure)
  • Cover for sleeping in the open air
  • Trangia kettle


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