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Travel insurance can protect many types of vacation and travel plans.  Most people think of flights, cruises and tours, however, backpacking and camping trips can be insured as well.  HTH Worldwide recently gave advice for backpackers on the Healthy Travel Blog.  The following is an excerpt from the story written by Moira Bishop which gives 10 tips for packing before the trip.

As you count down the days to your adventure, you can busy yourself by gathering some basic essentials for your trip.  Remember you will be carrying whatever you pack, so pack lightly, but don’t exclude the most important items:

1) One set of extra clothes. These clothes should be kept dry at all times and should ideally be made of a synthetic material (like nylon) that won’t absorb too much moisture and will dry quickly.

2) Food. Pack snacks that are light and not bulky, full of calories, and easy to prepare.  You can stack up on freeze-dried backpacking meals, quinoa, pasta, grains or dehydrated fruits and vegetables.

3) Water. Bring water purification tablets and a canteen or aluminum water bottle that is easy to carry.

4) Sunglasses. If you’re going to be under the open sky, you’ll want to protect your eyes.

5)  An all-in-one tool such as a Leatherman or Swiss army knife. Note that you don’t want to try to board an airplane with this in your carry-on. So check yours or purchase one once you arrive at your destination.

6) A fire starter and/or matches. These should be kept in a plastic bag to avoid moisture damage.

7) First aid kit. This should include an assortment of bandages, some pain killers, and an antiseptic to clean out cuts.  You may need to include items specific to your destination, e.g. if you are going to an area that has a notable snake population, you will need a snake-bite kit.

8) Flashlight. Look for a pocket size flashlight or head lamp with a bright central beam.

9) Map. Find the most up to date version of a map covering the area you will be hiking through.

10) Compass. What good is map without a compass?

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