Things you should definitely not pack while traveling

If you’re getting ready to set off on an adventure and travel the world, then there’s a high chance you’re equal parts excited and equal parts frazzled. After all, worldwide explorations take a huge amount of planning and prepping; and you’ve probably read every travel blog, every article, and every reviewing site to learn all you can about where you’re going and what to expect when you get there. In fact, you’ve probably read hundreds of articles that tell you what you should pack in your suitcase or your backpack for an adventure. But what should you NOT pack while traveling?

Things you should definitely not pack while traveling

Expensive jewelry

If you’re planning on traveling the world and living out of a backpack, you don’t need the fancy things in life. You’re going to be wearing the same few clothes, and you don’t want to have to lug around a giant bag that gives you chronic back pain. So, there’s no need to pack your expensive jewelry. Not only will you not really need it (unless you just happen to bump into the Queen), but you also don’t want to risk it getting lost or stolen. Don’t make yourself a target to thieves and pickpockets.

Hiking boots

Of course, this one doesn’t apply if you are literally going on a hiking adventure. Although hiking boots may seem like the perfect shoe to add to your backpack, they can actually end up being your biggest regret. Because these shoes are big and bulky, they will take up valuable space in your backpack and leave you with less space to pack the essentials. As well as this, they aren’t really necessary. Normal sneakers or flat shoes should serve you well within any terrain, whether you’re walking along the beach or plodding through a new city.

Things you should definitely not pack while traveling

Extra toiletries

When you’re packing for an adventure, it can be easy to fill your bag with all kinds of mini soaps and shampoos. You never know when you’re going to need them, so it’s best to stock up, right? Well, not quite. Although these can prove to be handy when you need them most, it’s actually better to simply buy the bare minimum and then buy as you go along. There’s also no use filling up your backpack with small bottles that are full of liquid because we bet you’d rather smell for a few hours than ruin all of your clothes!

A large towel

It might seem like a no-brainer to add a large towel to your packing list. After all, you’re going to need to shower, and you’re probably going to be showering in a large communal space with other hostel users besides you. However, these towels can be big and bulky, and sometimes they can take up almost all of your backpack space. Don’t worry though, because you don’t need to air dry. Swimmers towels are the perfect alternative, because they are extremely absorbent, but also extremely small.

If you’re packing for your travels right now, take a step back and ask yourself: Do I NEED these items?