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View of the ghost town of Mystras after a rainy day

View of the ghost town of Mystras after a…

The ghost town of Mystras, abandoned almost 2 centuries ago, ...

Camping in a cave in Mani region, Greece

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Meteora independent photo tour and hiking map: be your own guide

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Parthenon at night, Athens

Parthenon at night, Athens

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Visiting Meteora in Greece, orthodox monasteries and incredible rock formations: our experience and advice

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If the Eden Valley existed, it had to be in Meteora: this is ...

Digital Nomads in the Greek island of Evia

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Veliko Tarnovo: a medieval town in Bulgaria famous for its light show

Veliko Tarnovo: a medieval town in Bulgar…

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Beautiful view of Kardzhali Reservoir, Bulgaria

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Meteora independent photo tour and hiking map: be your own guide Meteora is an amazing place for photo addicted, where to take outstanding pictures even with little technical skills, since the place is providing most of the magic. Before planning your independent photo tour and start hiking in Meteora, you should know the basics of the area: if you haven't done it already, we suggest you to first read our article... Read more
Visiting Meteora in Greece, orthodox monasteries and incredible rock formations: our experience and advice If the Eden Valley existed, it had to be in Meteora: this is what we though while visiting this supernatural mix of natural landscape and human-made constructions. Meteora is not only a unique witness of monastic life and art in Greece, but also an incredible place to mesmerize at amazing views, green valleys and steep rock formations that will... Read more
Veliko Tarnovo: a medieval town in Bulgaria famous for its light show Veliko Tarnovo (Велико Търново in Bulgarian) is a medieval town in the center-north of Bulgaria, former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire and one of the most visited cities of the country. In particular it gets flooded with tourist for the yearly celebration taking place on the 22nd of March, famous for its 3d and light show.The center of... Read more
Close encounter with rhinoceros, crocodiles and a sloth bear in Chitwan National Park, Nepal  Chitwan National Park in Nepal, was no doubts one of my most intense experiences while travelling, not only for its amazing nature and fauna but also for the memory of the adrenaline running in my body after a rhinoceros was chasing us.It was one of my first destinations in Nepal right after visiting Lumbini, the birth place of Gautama... Read more
Visit to an underground amusement park built inside an old salt mine: Salina Turda in Romania  Salita Turda is an old salt mine with a unique atmosphere given by the underground amusement park housed in its majestic chambers. It is located in Romania, a 40 minutes ride from Cluj-Napoca, the second biggest Romanian city and former Transylvania Capital. It became nowadays a touristic destination known to locals, but not to international visitors. History of Salina Turda... Read more
Window views in Norway: nature in the backyard  While traveling in Norway last year, we were impressed by the amazing views and luxurious nature that Norwegian people could enjoy daily. And the best part was that they weren't moving from home, but just by sitting in the comfort and warmth of their houses, they could stare outside at the magnificence of Mother Nature. During these moments I... Read more

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Casino Constanta – The history of a masterpiece of Art Nouveau suspended on the frozen Black Sea

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Free accommodation: 15 Strange places where I slept for free without a tent While travelling on a budget sometimes things can go wrong or different than expected, ending up sleeping somewhere unusual at night. Others times it might be just... Read more
My experience of Kumbh Mela in India between Hindu religion and traditions in Haridwar This year took place in Allahabad, India, the Maha Kumbh Mela, the biggest religious gathering of the world attracting tens of Millions of Hindu pilgrims each time.... Read more
20 Incredible jobs I saw in India: life seen from another point of view If you think you have a boring office job, sitting full time behind a desk, 40 hours a week, and you are willing to spice up your... Read more
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2014
Housesitting in the Greek island of Evia with no internet
We are house-sitting in the Greek Island of Evia with limited connectivity. Now we are in the closer village 30 min away just quickly checking our emails. We have some amazing photos from Meteora that...

Backpacking Checklist: everything you need to know to pack your luggage

rucksack backpackWith our backpacking checklist you won't forget anything anymore when going on a trip! It is the result of years of experience travelling (and forgetting things before making this list!). It's a quite long list, it is meant to be a reminder of what could be useful to take with you: from this backpacking checklist you'll select maybe 10% of the items, and your selection will change every time according  to the different type of trip! It doesn't want to be minimalist or the lightest, the best or the cheapest, just to be complete, so you won't forget anything important anymore!

Packing tips!

We start by giving you some "secret" packing tips on how to select useful items from the backpacking checklist, that I'm sure you'll find useful:
  • Pack your clothes into transparent plastic bags: it will be much faster to pack and unpack the rucksack, to keep it tidy, to keep clean your gear, and you'll have an extra waterproof layer!
  • Try to take items that can have multiple usage: in example instead of carrying a pajama, take some light pants that you can wear indoor or some fleece pants that you can use as an extra layer if it's cold!
  • If it's cold wear several layers rather than bringing too many warm clothes that you'll never use!
  • Carry a Light cloth (we bought one in India for just a few $, and we call it Indian Blanket) that you can use as a sheet, as a beach towel, as a curtain, as a tablecloth in the park...
  • You can use a simple soap bar as a shampoo, as an intimate soap, as a shower gel, as a soap for clothes, you don't need to carry 10 different products! Choose it natural and biodegradable, so you reduce pollution and you can use it also outdoor.
  • Choose fast drying materials (in example synthetic or merino wool (if you are not vegan)) and avoid cotton in winter; you'll be able to reduce the number of items and the weight of the backpack.
  • Choose wisely your backpack, he will follow you everywhere: prefer a long-lasting lightweight rucksack with several compartiments.

 Backpacking Checklist

Clothing

  • T-shirts
  • Pants
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Sweater
  • Pullover
  • Light Jacket
  • Fleece
  • Thermal Underwear
  • Socks
  • Gore-Tex Socks
  • Underpants
  • Pajama
  • Swim Suit
  • Flip-Flops
  • Sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking boots
  • Thin gloves
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Raincoat
  • Waterproof pants

Hygiene-Beauty

  • Towel
  • Shampoo
  • Shower Gel
  • Intimate soap
  • Soap for clothes
  • Soap bar
  • Soap case
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Razor Blades
  • Shaving Foam
  • Nail cutter
  • Hair drier
  • Comb
  • Brush
  • Mirror
  • Net laundry bag 
  • Wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
  • Cotton swabs
  • Hair bands
  • Lip Balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Foot Powder
  • Contraceptive devices (Condoms...)

    Medicines

  • Anti-diarrheal
  • Painkiller
  • Herpes cream
  • Antipyretic
  • Antibiotic
  • Probiotics
  • Supplements (Spirulina, B12...)
  • Plasters
  • Bandage
  • Disinfectant
  • Personal Medications (Allergies, Asthma...)

Bags

  • Backpack
  • Rucksack
  • Waist Bag
  • Money Belt
  • Recyclable Bag for grocery shopping

Food

  • Food
  • Food containers
  • Fork
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Hard plastic cup
  • Water Bottle
  • Water
  • Drinks (Tea, beverages...)
  • Condiments (Oil, Salt, Pepper...)

Tools 

  • Sewing kit
  • String
  • Clothespins
  • Lighter
  • Matches
  • Lock
  • Tape
  • Duct tape
  • Elastic bands
  • Multitool - Swiss Knife

Extra Female

  • Tampons
  • Make-up
  • Jewelry
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Electronics

  • Laptop
  • Laptop bag
  • External Hard Disk
  • Usb pen drive
  • Mobile phone
  • Phone charger
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Battery charger
  • Photo Camera
  • Camera case
  • Lenses
  • Cleaning kit (cloth, lenspen, etc.)
  • Memory storage
  • Remote control
  • Camera Batteries
  • Camera Charger
  • Battery grip
  • Video-camera
  • Tripod
  • Mp3 player - Ipod
  • Mp3 Charger
  • Earpieces
  • Alarm
  • Watch
  • Flashlight (Dynamo)
  • Headlamp
  • Universal adapter

Documents-Money

  • Euros, Dollars
  • Foreign currency
  • Debit card
  • Credit Card
  • Atm card
  • Wallet
  • Train-Plane tickets
  • Boarding passes
  • ID
  • Passport
  • Health Insurance
  • Visas
  • International Certificate of Vaccination
  • On-line banking password tool
  • Passwords and Usernames
  • International Warranties of Electronics
  • Employment - Unemployment certificate
  • Hostel-Hotel bookings
  • Hospitality contacts
  • Medical History
  • Backpacking Checklist

Stationery

  • Books
  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Marker
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Guidebooks
  • Maps

Camping

  • Shelter (Tent, tarp, Bivy bag...)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Stove
  • Pots
  • Fuel
  • Fire Starter (Fire steel...)
  • Windshield
  • Candle
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • folding trowel

Extra Cold

  • Chemical Hand Warmers
  • Ski Suit
  • Mittens
  • Warm Jacket
  • After ski boots
  • Face mask
  • Warm Leggings
  • Warm Socks
  • Vacuum Bottle

Others 

  •  Plastic bags
  • Transparent plastic bags for clothes
  • Beach towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Inflatable Pillow
  • Mosquito net
  • Trekking poles
  • Presents
  • Personal equipment (Mine: Neti Pot, Juggling, Poi balls...)

Add Yours!

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Davide VadalàDavide Vadalà
I like to say that I'm a gypsy traveller. Some years ago I quit my job to chase my dream of exploring our wonderful planet in a sustainable way. Thanks to my itchy feet, I had a lot of incredible adventures, and I'm just back after an amazing travel of almost 3 years by land, mainly hitchhiking. I love nature, sustainability, outdoor and hiking, and my dream is to become a travel photographer. Content attribution on Google +

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