Should I Bring My Laptop While Backpacking?

By Michael Ferguson

As a backpacker, weighing the pros and cons of bringing a laptop on your travels is an important decision. Many people enjoy having their laptop with them on their travels to keep in touch with family and friends, stay productive while they are away, or just to have access to the internet. However, laptops are expensive items that can be easily damaged or stolen and can weigh down your pack.

If you decide to bring your laptop with you on your backpacking trip, it’s important to make sure that you have a reliable protective case for it. You may also want to look into a laptop lock for extra security. Plus, if you plan on traveling internationally, it’s important to make sure that your laptop meets the electrical requirements of the countries you plan on visiting.

Another thing to consider when deciding whether or not to bring a laptop while backpacking is how often you will be able to access power outlets. If you plan on camping or spending extended periods of time in remote areas where power outlets are scarce, then having a laptop might not be the most practical option.

On the other hand, having access to your laptop while on vacation can be incredibly useful. You can use it for online banking or shopping, blogging about your travels, or even just entertaining yourself with movies and video games. Plus, with WiFi becoming increasingly available in many places around the world (such as airports and coffee shops), having a laptop makes it easy for you stay connected.


Ultimately, whether or not you should bring your laptop while backpacking depends entirely on your travel style and what activities you plan on doing during your trip. If staying connected is important for you and/or if keeping up productivity is something that would help make travel more enjoyable for you then bringing along a laptop might be beneficial. However, if weight is an issue for you then it may be best to leave your computer at home and find other ways of staying connected during your travels.