Tips to Look Good When Backpacking

Travelers setting off on a backpacking adventure do not need to give up on fashion and style while they explore their desired destination. Young people can still look good while on a budget and constantly on the move. Here are some useful tips on how to do just that.

Type of Backpack

Hostel-staying travelers will be practically attached to their backpack for the majority of their trip so it’s important they look good while wearing it. A backpack should be chosen for its size, comfort and fit, whilst also being pleasant on the eye. It is worth investing in a quality backpack and travelers may benefit from trying it on before buying it.

Research a Packing List

There are many resources on the internet that list the typical items that a backpacker can not do without. With limited room to pack everything a traveler would desire, it is worth taking advice from veteran backpackers and learning which items they found particularly useful.

Dress for the Destination

The destination will determine the clothes a traveler will choose to pack. Wearing winter clothes in a sweltering climate will be highly impractical and will look silly, while flip-flops are hardly appropriate footwear in freezing conditions.

Take Durable Clothes

Travelers should pack clothes that not only look good but can endure repeated washing and rarely need ironing. Also be careful that colors do not stain and can be mixed together in the wash.


One of the secrets to looking good while traveling is to take only essential toiletries. Many travel-size products are available so travelers don’t have to be weighed down with their toiletries. It may be cost-effective and fun to try out some local beauty rituals such as taking advantage of sulphur baths or locally sourced mud packs.

Have a Wash

While backpacking, it may not always be possible to have a decent bath or shower, particularly when traveling in areas where water is scarce. Travelers should seize every opportunity to scrub up using the facilities at their hostels and youth hostels.

Take a Smart Change of Clothes

Traveling light is desirable but it may be advisable for travelers to pack an outfit for a formal occasion. However unlikely it may seem, backpackers could find themselves in a situation where they need to look smart.


By choosing underwear carefully it can be possible to look good by letting the inner layer do all the hard work. Thermals and specially-engineered fabric can help skin breathe and keep backpackers warm or cool as needed.

Go Shopping

Backpackers should remember it is not the end of the world if they arrive at a destination and find they have packed the wrong items and do not look good.

Even in the most obscure destination travelers will be able to find an outlet that sells toiletries and clothes by asking at the local hostels. Shopping locally may prove to be cheaper too.

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