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There are a few items you might not think about packing for your backpacking trip and the worst moment to realize you need them is when you’re on the road. You can thank us later for this list of items you shouldn’t leave behind.

Laundry Bag –  Once you’re on the move, you won’t want your dirty sweaty clothes shoved in with your clean clothes or snacks, so do yourself the favor and pack a laundry bag to keep them separate.

Toiletry Bag with a Hanger – This type of bag is perfect for backpacking. You can hang it up in hostel showers and its multiple compartments are ideal for organizing your toiletries. Make sure the material is nylon, vinyl, or plastic to keep your things dry.

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Microfiber Towel – Many hostels don’t include towels and a microfiber towel will save you time, space and weight. It works just as well as a regular cotton towel, dries fast, is lightweight, and is much smaller than other towels.

Padlock – A small, high-quality lock will help keep your items safe in any uncertain living situation. Make sure the lock is strong so thieves won’t be able to cut through it.

Earplugs and Sleep Mask – At some point in your travels you are bound to find yourself in an uncomfortable sleeping situation. And when that happens, you’ll want to be prepared to block out that noise and shut out the lights.

Pen – If you don’t journal your travels, then you might not think to pack something to write with, but you will find it annoying arriving at customs without a pen to fill out the forms.

Collapsible Tupperware – If your hostel doesn’t have a kitchen you might want to eat your own packed food in a Tupperware container. It’s also a real plus for snagging extra pastries from that continental breakfast.

Duct Tape –  Whatever mishaps befall your stuff, duct tape can help. Use it to hold together everything from shoes to bags to headphones and more.

Cell Phone Charger – A charger is a commonly forgotten item you won’t want to live without. When packing your bag, don’t make this rookie mistake!

Plastic Bags – To carry wet clothes, to store dirty shoes, and for many more situations, you’ll find having some plastic bags on hand will serve you well.

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