Backpacking across the uncharted, beautiful regions in the country sounds quite awesome, but unless your bag is ready for it, there’s a good chance you won’t get very far. We’re not talking about torches and water bottles, but essential things that are not easily available in, say, the remote Himalayan village you just found yourself in.

These are the things you need in your backpack if plan to perfectly execute that backpacking trip you’ve been planning for so long now.

Raincoat

Photo source: Asos

Photo source: Asos

India’s varying weather patterns, especially during the monsoons, are every backpacker’s wildest dreams, both in a good and a bad way. While it’s always pretty awe-inspiring to see a day turn from being joyfully sunny to raining like it’s been paid money to do it in no time at all, it also sucks pretty bad when you find yourself in the middle of it unprepared.

Possessing a raincoat, in that case, can be the difference between life and, well, a wetter life.

Where: Check out our list of raincoats here

Pocket Knife

Photo source: Amazon

Photo source: Amazon

From opening packets of chips to preparing the fire during a camping expedition, a knife’s versatile utility cannot be underestimated. There is also self defense, but I wouldn’t advise trying that unless you know what you’re doing, lest you end up hurting yourself.

Where: Buy it here

Price: INR 4,850

Power Bank

Photo source: Flipkart

Photo source: Flipkart

Soaking in different cultures and looking over beautiful landscapes are noble enough reasons to travel, but if you didn’t get enough pictures for your Instagram, what’s the point, really? A reliable power bank can help keep your gadgets {like phones, cameras, GPS devices, Kindles} running for way longer, helping you keep up that connection to the world you came from {and are, alas, going to have to go back to}.

Where: Buy it here

Price: INR 1,749

Towel

Photo source: Fab Furnish

Photo source: Fab Furnish

As Douglas Adams quite famously said in The Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, “A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” Part of the reason is that it’s something that’s not easily available in remote places, even though it’s perhaps the one thing that should be.

There’s nothing worse than holding off a shower while you’re on a hiking trip just because you didn’t have a towel handy.

Where: Buy it here

Price: INR 1,295

Zip-Locked Packets

Photo source: Amazon

Photo source: Amazon

From keeping your fruit fresh to isolating a potentially bag-ruining item in your arsenal from the rest of it, air-locked packets are not acknowledged as the absolute necessity they are.

#LBBTip: If you’re even half as clumsy as me, do remember to use them to keep your pens, and thank us later.

Where: Buy a pack of 100 here

Featured photo: Parikshit Rao