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Any tips for what to buy a backpacker as a present?

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Mercedes Thu 15-Oct-09 21:47:26

I've been tasked with buying some presents for a departing colleague whose about to go round Europe inter railing. She's traveling for a month and then going back to Australia. I did think about those micro fibre towels.

Any ideas?

MatNanPlus Thu 15-Oct-09 22:44:51

Depending on budget but bamboo clothing is great as it doesn't smell/uptake body smells so great if lack of laundry facilities.

Micro towels are good.

A backpack covering lockable net/mesh.

kreecherlivesupstairs Fri 16-Oct-09 10:46:20

Swiss army knife although with the obvious rider that she shouldn't carry it in her handluggage going through airports.
Or one of those locks that you can chain your backpack to stop robdogs people from pinching it.

overmydeadbody Fri 16-Oct-09 10:48:30

Presumably she has all the basics covered already like swiss army knife, towls and a backpackcover?

RubyrubyrubysAScaryOldBint Fri 16-Oct-09 10:49:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

overmydeadbody Fri 16-Oct-09 10:49:41

I know what the best present ever will be.......

hang on while I find it

Really, it will be good

overmydeadbody Fri 16-Oct-09 10:50:33



<furiously googles>

Fennel Fri 16-Oct-09 10:51:25

The thing about backpacking (I spent years backpacking in my pre-children days) is that you don't want ANYTHING extra. not binoculars, not anything. Well meaning people gave us things like that which we had to leave behind. Unless you ask specifically for something she hasn't already got.

bronze Fri 16-Oct-09 10:52:21

mooncup grin

overmydeadbody Fri 16-Oct-09 10:54:55

Fennel this is one tihng that won't be considered extra!

a hammock

I have one. I take it when we go camping abroad and it has come in soooo useful

overmydeadbody Fri 16-Oct-09 10:55:38

It is very small, and light, and can be hung from anything really.

overmydeadbody Fri 16-Oct-09 10:56:29

or, OP, ask her what she still needs but hasn't baught yet.

Or, if the hammock is not right, how about some dry bags? You can never have too many dry bags and they are light and essential.

overmydeadbody Fri 16-Oct-09 10:57:59

this is where I get my drybags

They are good, strong, and best of all that website dont charge postage

Fennel Fri 16-Oct-09 10:58:08

Mooncup is a good idea! but then you either love them or hate them.

I'm not sure you'd use a hammock much for a month in Europe.

bronze Fri 16-Oct-09 11:06:58

what about a few smaller bits such as these a small dynamo torch, padlocks
small first aid kit

overmydeadbody Fri 16-Oct-09 11:15:41

Fennel I used mine all the time in Europe shock

A lot of the campsites where in Pine Woods, perfect for sligning a hammock up to sit in or lie in while on the campsite.

Fennel Fri 16-Oct-09 11:16:44

But it's nearly winter, is she going soon?

CMOTdibbler Fri 16-Oct-09 11:19:12

A silk sleeping bag liner - easy to wash, lets you sleep in dubious sheets with something in between, ideal as only cover if hot, packs to nothing.

A really large pashmina - blanket, scarf, pillow, shawl etc.

overmydeadbody Fri 16-Oct-09 11:24:05

hadn't thought of the winter aspect.

TheDevilEatsBabies Fri 16-Oct-09 11:24:43

that's the only thing she'll need: it will get her food and accommodation wherever she goes and it won't weigh her down.

Fennel Fri 16-Oct-09 11:34:57

internationally valid book tokens would be ideal if you could get them.

CMOTdibbler Fri 16-Oct-09 12:01:24

And any money left over, you could put on a cash passport so that she has some extra money for fripperies as she travels round. To make it a bit more personal, you could write in a card your suggestions for what to do with it - sachertorte in Vienna etc

Mercedes Fri 16-Oct-09 16:34:16

Thanks for the suggestions - I got her the microfiber towel, some earplugs for any hostels, a washing line, a small torch and I took on board what people said about traveling light and we bought euros for her.

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