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Compare backpacker travel insurance quotes

Compare backpacker travel insurance and save both time and money, whether you’re trekking in South America, taking a gap year to Australia or going exploring in Asia. Backpacker insurance is also known as long stay travel cover or student travel insurance.

Backpacker Travel Insurance will insure students or backpackers for travelling abroad for an extended period of time up to 12 months, some Irish holiday insurance companies will now allow you to extend this period up to 24 months in total subject to terms and conditions.

This type of policy will generally cover the individual for medical expenses, personal accident, cancellation, missed departure and much much more. If you’re planning on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, taking a four day Inca Trail trek, bungee jumping or scuba diving this year, many insurer’s will cover you for adventure activities and light manual work abroad as standard. Always read the backpacker travel insurance policy wording carefully. Premiums are priced on age, destination and duration.

How to get cheaper backpacker travel insurance

1. If you do plan on working abroad most backpacker travel policies will cover you for light manual work such as bar and restaurant work, clerical and fruit picking but not heavy manual work or working with machinery. Always read the terms and conditions carefully.

2. Backpacker companies generally cover a certain amount of adventure activities as standard; bungee jumping, scuba diving, horse riding etc The more hazardous the activity the greater the risk therefore you may need to upgrade your cover depending on your plans e.g. white water rafting, parachuting, hand gliding would all be categorised as high risk.

3. Laptops and mobile phones are not covered on backpacker policies. If you must bring them we recommend you add these to your home insurance policy or purchase an adequate gadget policy which will cover these items abroad.

4. Always shop around for cheap student travel insurance, you will be surprised at how much you can save! Thanks for visiting our Cheap Backpacker Travel Insurance page and enjoy your trip.

Backpacker tips

Advice on what to pack. Now that you have decided on your globe trotting location the next big decision is what to take, we have put together a reference guide to help you decide on what to bring on your journey.

– The weather can be very unpredictable no matter where you travel so a light raincoat should be a priority.

– A jumper or light jacket, to keep you warm on those chilly nights.

– Ensure you bring a pair of trousers and a long sleeved shirt as you may have to cover up when visiting religious or cultural sites.

– Shorts, skirts, dresses, t-shirts and short sleeve shirts are a must, particularly in warm climates, approximately three of each should be adequate and will allow you to mix and match. Bring one nice outfit in case you decide to go to an expensive restaurant.

– You will need to pack at most three swim suits, although these can be very cheap to purchase abroad.

– A large towel can be a bit of a nuisance in terms of both weight and taking up space in your baggage, you should be able to buy a cheap beach towel on your journey.

– We would definitely recommend you take sunscreen, shades and a hat to protect you from the unforgiving sun in some of the sunnier continents.

– Take a good pair of shoes and sandals, ensure these are comfortable as you may have a lot of trekking ahead of you, you might wish to pack a pair of hiking socks, should your feet get bruised from trekking.

– Enough underwear to last you for a week should be sufficient.

– Toiletries; just bring the basics, shampoo, deodorant, soap, razor, toothpaste, tooth brush and a face towel.

– Don’t forget to take a small first aid kit including tablets for a hangover, vomiting and diarrhoea.

– If you plan on doing a lot of camping, invest in a good sleeping bag and don’t forget mosquito repellent!

And finally don’t forget to bring a copy of your backpacker travel insurance policy and emergency assistance phone number, these can be saved on your mobile phone.

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