Urban Backpacking Essentials: Travel Toiletries

When it comes to urban backpacking, you should minimize the number of toiletries you carry in your backpack because you can buy pretty much everything once you reach your destination. However, having basic toiletries stacked up in your backpack beforehand won’t hurt anyway.

Some tips:

  • Don’t put everything you think is important to have, for example, a lot of food, or heavy gear
  • Pick only travel-sized products. you shouldn’t bring a large bottle of shampoo or hand wash because it will add extra weight to your shoulders
  • Pack appropriate clothing because it will help make your backpacking trip much more convenient. Read more about urban backpacking travel clothing here

Here is a general list of travel toiletries that you might want:

Product
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Where to Buy
GoToob+ Silicone Travel Bottle with Locking Cap
MrLifeHackLeak-Proof Travel Size Silicone Containers
Care Touch Hand Sanitizing Wipes
Dr. Bronner's Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizer
Band-Aid Brand Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages
KT Performance+ Blister Prevention Tape
Pepto Bismol Caplets Ultra
TUMS Antacid Chewable Tablets
Monistat Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
SpinPower All Natural Anti Chafing Chamois Cream

1. Shampoo/conditioner/body wash

There are mini travel-sized bottles that come in handy when backpacking. You can get three bottles and fill each of them with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. If you need more, you can buy their little sachets and refill your bottles.
We recommend:
GoToob+ Silicone Travel Bottle with Locking Cap
This is a pack of 3 medium-sized 2.5oz silicone bottles that are equipped with patent-pending LoopLock for preventing accidental opening and leaks while traveling. You can use them to put small portions of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.

MrLifeHackLeak-Proof Travel Size Silicone Containers
This pack of 4 TSA-approved travel size containers is perfectly designed to store little portions of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion. Each container has 2 suction cups shaped as owl eyes that can stick to smooth surfaces like glass and mirrors.
A clear toiletry bag is also included to put these containers in.

2. Hand sanitizer

It is important to keep your hands clean while traveling and for that purpose, a hand sanitizer works the best.
We recommend:

Care Touch Hand Sanitizing Wipes

Care Touch hand sanitizing wipes are alcohol-free and have a natural scent. You can grab one out and clean your hands with it to kill germs and bacteria. This pack contains 100 individually wrapped wipes that are more than enough for a single backpacking trip.

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizer
Dr. Bronner’s hand sanitizer does not only kill germs but also provide an amazing organic lavender scent. The best thing about it is that you can use it as an air freshener too. This is a pack of 2 20oz spray bottles.

3. Band-aid/ Blister band-aid

It is a good practice to carry emergency aid when backpacking because you might develop blisters on your feet due to extensive walking.
We recommend:

Band-Aid Brand Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages
Covering your wound with band-aid can help heal faster and protect it from exposing to germs and bacteria. The Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages are an excellent choice for protection of minor cuts, burns, scrapes, and blisters.

They are made with a flexible material that enables them to stretch and flex as you move. Unlike cheap band-aids, they won’t stick to your wounds and you can remove them easily. These should be in your backpack because you never know when you need one.
KT Performance+ Blister Prevention Tape
KT Performance+ tape provides prevention against blisters, chafing, and hot spot formation. Blisters are formed due to friction, and putting this tape on your heels or ball of feet can help reduce blister-causing friction.

It also comes with a convenient travel case so you can easily store it in your backpack without damaging the items.

4. Medicine

Traveling can give you a hard time maintaining your diet properly, which can cause stomach upset, headache, heartburn and much more. If you are traveling to places like in Europe, you can buy medicines only in pharmacies, so it would be a good thing to pack some painkillers and other medicines in your backpack before you travel to your destination.

We recommend:

Pepto Bismol Caplets Ultra
Eating local street food during your backpacking journey might cause some problems. Pepto Bismol Ultra can help relieve heartburn, acidity, indigestion, diarrhea, and stomach upset. Carrying caplets is a much better choice than liquid as it can spill, leak, and damage other items in your backpack.

TUMS Antacid Chewable Tablets
If you don’t like consuming liquid and caplets then TUMS antacid chewable tablets are a good substitute. These assorted fruit flavor chewable tablets provide instant relief against heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion, and upset stomach.

5. Body care powder

Walking a lot, especially on hot summer days, can cause chafing. It is quite frustrating because you can’t walk properly with chafed thighs. There are anti-chafing creams and powders available that work great in preventing it.

We recommend:

Monistat Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
Monistat powder gel relieves and prevents irritation from chafing in delicate areas due to extensive walking or heat. Apply it where you feel chafed. It dries to a silky and non-greasy finish that won’t stain your clothing.

SpinPower All Natural Anti Chafing Chamois Cream
SkinPower cream provides long lasting protection against chafing caused by continuous rubbing of skin against skin or clothes. It dries to a smooth and non-grease finish that won’t stain your clothing.

Product
Visual
Where to Buy
Funk Away Odor Eliminating Spray Combo
Fresh Wave Odor Removing Spray
Olay Complete Daily Defense All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen
Panama Jack SPF 45 Sunscreen Vanilla Lip Balm
SPF30 & Natural Organics Lip Balm with sunscreen
KIPOZI Hanging Toiletry Bag
Gaël Hanging Toiletry Travel Bag Kit for Men and Women

6. Travel fabric freshener

Your clothes, shoes, and even gear can smell a bit funky after a long walk or a full day backpacking. Using deodorant and body sprays might make them smell a little better but travel-size fabric fresheners work best here.

We recommend:

Funk Away Odor Eliminating Spray Combo
When you put all your things in a congested space like in a backpack for a long time, chances are that they will develop an odor. You can use Funk Away odor eliminating spray on your backpacking gear and clothing to remove that pungent smell. This 3.4oz travel-size bottle won’t even take up any extra space in your backpack.

Fresh Wave Odor Removing Spray
You would most probably need to share a bathroom with your friends if you are backpacking with a group of buddies. You can use this spray to remove bad odor from the restroom. It also doesn’t give a headache to people who are sensitive to smells and perfumes.

7. Contact lenses/ solution/ glasses

If you use prescribed glasses or contact lenses, you should keep contact solution/ cleaning solution in your backpack beforehand because they are only sold in pharmacies (especially in Europe) and don’t come cheap.

8. Moisturizer and Chapstick with Sunscreen

Sunscreen protects your skin from the harmful UV rays and builds a wall against environmental pollutants. Using a moisturizer and chapstick containing sunscreen would be the best option to prevent dry lips and skin.

Olay Complete Daily Defense All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Apply Olay daily defense moisturizer to provide instant hydration to your skin. It is SPF 30 that can help protect against harmful UVA/UVB rays.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen
Protect your sensitive skin from the harmful UVA/UVB rays from the sun with the Blue Lizard Australian sunscreen cream. it weighs only 5oz. If its size seems big to you, you can pour a portion of it into the travel-size container mentioned above.

Panama Jack SPF 45 Sunscreen Vanilla Lip Balm
Protect your lips from sun rays and don’t let them get dry, with the help of Panama Jack SPF 45 vanilla lip balm. It isn’t waxy like most chapsticks. Dehydration can make your lips dry, so you should drink plenty of water and use this chapstick to prevent chapped lips.

SPF30 & Natural Organics Lip Balm with sunscreen
This twin pack is a perfect option if you are backpacking with your partner or a friend. The SPF Rx lip balm contains sunscreen that provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays. The addition of Shea butter in it provides deep and instant hydration to your lips so they can stay smooth and charming.

9. Hanging toiletry bag

If you want better management of your toiletries and can afford to carry another bag then a toiletry bag is a good option to consider for urban backpackers. You can either hang it on a wall or put it on the bathroom shelf, the choice is yours.

We recommend:

KIPOZI Hanging Toiletry Bag
The Kipozi hanging toiletry bag’s dimensions are 10 x 5 x 9.5 inches. It can store and organize your travel accessories excellently without messing them up in a backpack. It is roomy and has plenty of inner mesh to protect the glass accessories from breaking. It is compact and lightweight enough to be packed in your backpack without any problem.

Gaël Hanging Toiletry Travel Bag Kit for Men and Women
This hanging toiletry bag by Gaël has 4 storage compartments for storing essential travel toiletries like toothpaste, brush, shampoo, conditioner, etc. It measures 34 inches in height and 11 inches in width. The odorless nylon fabric used to make this bag is waterproof so you don’t have to worry about items spilling and leaking.

For more convenience, you can hook it up in your washroom or on any wall in your room.

10. Toothpaste and toothbrush

Don’t waste your money buying a new travel toothbrush, just grab your normal toothbrush and toothpaste and put it in your backpack. Also, don’t forget to bring a toothbrush cover.

Conclusion

Backpacking is fun when you have proper essentials on you. In urban backpacking, you don’t need to pack many things like a lot of food because you can find plenty of them in local stores. Make sure you are all set on the list provided above and have these essentials in your backpack beforehand.