04/30/2013 05:25 pm ET

Backpacking Supplies: 10 Things You Didn't Think You Needed For A Journey Across The World

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Getting ready for a backpacking trip is an art. You have to fit everything you need to survive into a bag that looked a whole lot bigger in the store. Even if you've stuffed in essentials like clothes, medicines, and travel documents, there are a few things that may not have occurred to add to your pack.

We've put together a list of the 10 travel items that come in handy during a rough and tumble adventure. From items that will keep you dry, clean, and safe, these additions could be the difference between an epic tale about the nightlife in Beirut and a sleepless stay in a dreary hostel.

Scroll through the slideshow below to see our list, and tell us what you think belongs in the best backpack in the comments below.