Author: 
Effy
Date: 
Friday, 1st Oct - Saturday, 31st Dec

When making the decision to go backpacking, most people consider two main things – Where to go and what to take.

Firstly, you must decide where to go. For most backpackers in the USA, Australia is a top destination. Melbourne particularly appeals to young people who are looking for a vibrant live music scene. When looking for a hostel, Melbourne has many choices. Budget accommodation in Melbourne is easy to find. With today’s internet resources, you can find a budget hostel in Melbourne very easily.

There are many types of backpackers hostels which offer different types of rooms and amenities. Most backpackers hostels in Melbourne offer both dormitory rooms and private rooms. In order for you to find the best hostel in Melbourne to suit your needs, you need to know what you want. You can find all sorts of places, depending on your needs. For backpackers, Melbourne is a great place to visit.

Once you have decided on your destination, you must consider what to take. When most young people backpack, their base packs often weigh between 30 to 50 pounds, depending on how heavy the backpacking equipment is and how long the backpacking excursion is going to last. Many people opt for lighter base packs and choose lightweight backpacking. On average, those who choose to lightweight backpack, pack between 12 and 20 pounds of gear, making their packs considerably lighter. 

There are more and more people practicing lightweight backpacking on the trails today. These individuals are, on average, have more energy and experience far less exhaustion and injuries, and for the most part are more enjoyable to be around.

The loss of a large amount of weight can free the traveller to experience more of the trip in an enjoyable manner instead of constantly worrying how they are going to climb the next hill. 

Believe it or not, packing your everyday 12 ounce tube of toothpaste or your ultra mega bottle of sunscreen can add to the weight content of your backpack very quickly, yet you will never need those amounts of products for a weekend or even a weeklong trip. Instead, try packing trial size bottles of products so that you are more comfortable when travelling.

Another item that can significantly add to your backpacking weight is packing unnecessary food. This is where deliberate food planning comes in. Many lightweight backpackers have found that packing food consistent with a 2,000 calorie a day diet relieves them of a lot of weight. This averages out to about 1.5 pounds of daily food and can actually reduce the average backpacker's weight by over 5 pounds, in food alone. While there are other items that can be deleted from your backpack to drop weight, starting with items like these can get you off and running. Many individuals enjoy backpacking, but many find they are tired and exhausted by the end of the trip.

Lightweight backpacking allows individuals to hike with more ease, while not having to carry heavy backpacking equipment. This type of backpacking puts less stress on the body and gives you much more ease of movement. Packing and travelling light is very possible and can lessen the load, allowing for a less stressful trip.