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.