Do you need backpackers travel insurance?

Your backpack’s packed and you’re ready to go. There’s just one thing left to do: get travel insurance. If you’re taking a life-changing gap year or a stressbusting six months exploring the world, get the best backpacker travel insurance to suit your needs.

Our Extended Stay policy works great as backpacker insurance or adventure travel insurance. It’ll protect you and your belongings on longer trips, or if you’re travelling across multiple countries.


Get ready for your adventure

A backpacking holiday is full of adventure and a chance to explore new things. But when you’re carrying personal belongings, you can be at risk. When you’re on the go, valuable holiday essentials like mobile phones and passports can easily get lost, damaged or stolen.

You’re also likely to be carrying travel money and important documents while staying in hostels and hopping on and off public transport. It’s easy to misplace items when you’re always on the move.

That’s where travel insurance comes in. It can insure your important documents, personal baggage and even travel money up to an amount set out in your policy.

If you become ill or injured during your trip, you may need medical assistance. And if you don’t have the right level of cover, you could face a large medical bill. Backpackers can get cover for unexpected medical expenses by taking out travel insurance that can insure you whether you’re travelling across one or many countries.

Choosing the right travel insurance

Anyone heading on an adventure abroad for a longer period should consider extended stay travel insurance.

There are a few things to think about when finding the best backpacker insurance for your adventure. Start by looking at what each long stay insurance policy offers and compare them based on your needs. Think about the policy’s maximum stay length and the amount your baggage is insured for. You can also look to see if cover for flight cancellations or disruptions is included.

Whether you’re a student backpacker travelling for a year abroad, or planning to work overseas, we understand that plans might change. And if you travel for longer than initially planned, you can usually extend the cover of your insurance from wherever you are in the world. With Sainsbury’s Bank Extended Stay Travel Insurance, it’s easy to do this, up to a maximum of 548 days.

Why Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Insurance?

You’ve planned your trip and now you need to decide on the best backpacker travel insurance. With our Extended Stay policy, you’ll get:

  • Up to 20% off if you’re a Nectar member*
  • Three levels of cover to choose from – Silver, Gold or Platinum
  • Cover for up to 548 days of travel – depending on which level of cover you choose
  • Compensation if your flight is delayed by 12 hours or more at your first international departure point in the UK
  • Access to a 24-hour helpline available in case of medical emergencies while you’re away
  • The cost of lost or stolen personal possessions covered, including important travel documents such as a passport
  • Cover for a wide range of pre-existing medical conditions

Limits, exclusions and excesses apply


Optional winter sports cover

Heading down the slopes as part of your backpacking trip? If so, you can add our optional winter sports cover to your Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Insurance policy. Make sure you’re fully insured while away, including cover for your winter sports equipment.

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Tips for your backpacker holiday

Whether you’re exploring the wonders of South East Asia or taking a trip down under in Australia, you should be prepared. We’ve pulled together some tips to help you blend in with the locals, stay safe and make the most of your adventure.

Backpacking is an exciting time, full of new experiences and cultures. However, in a medical emergency, not speaking the language can be difficult. If you have a pre-existing medical condition that requires medication, you should visit your doctor before you go and ask for an extended supply. Avoid the panic of trying to translate medical jargon or finding the local pharmacy by packing precautionary medication.

Remember that all of our travel insurance policies can cover a range of pre-existing medical conditions.

It’s also worth checking FCO travel advice before bringing medication into a foreign country.

If you plan to use your card abroad to withdraw money, remember to check if you need to tell your bank. Some banks may flag use of cards abroad as a suspicious transaction and try to contact you for confirmation that it was you. In some instances, your card may even be swallowed by the machine or blocked from further use. By letting your bank know about your travel plans before you go, you should be able to use your card abroad with no problems.

Prefer not to use your bank cards or carry lots of cash while backpacking? A Sainsbury's Bank Multi-currency Cash Passport™ Mastercard® offers an easy and safe alternative to foreign currency. Load it online with up to 10 currencies, and you’re ready to start spending.

Backpacking holidays are considered a trip of a lifetime. Why not capture your memories with a journal? Write down your experiences, any food you’ve tried and the contact details of people you’ve met. Take photographs at every opportunity so you can look back at the places you’ve visited and share memories with people back home.

You could even consider starting a travel blog, to document your wanderlust adventures and connect with other travellers.

Daydreaming about beach days and relaxing by the pool? Finding the best spots and nicest hostels can take a bit of planning. Before you jet off, spend some time researching places to visit and reading reviews of accommodation from like-minded travellers. When backpacking, you may want to strip back from luxuries and save on accommodation. Why not spend some time finding affordable hostels to book in advance?

Before you go, map out the places you want to visit and how long you want to spend in each one. Time flies when you’re having fun, so make sure you tick off everywhere on your bucket list by planning your route. Or don’t, and just go wherever you fancy, whenever you fancy it.


Before you pack your bags

Our useful travel guides will help to prepare you for your backpacking holiday.

Worldwide travel insurance

Be prepared wherever your adventure takes you.

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Solo travel guide

Learn our top tips for travelling solo.

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Keeping your money safe abroad

Make sure you keep your travel money safe.

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Any questions?

We’re here to help. Get in touch with our friendly team to talk about our travel insurance policies.

Call 0345 305 2621

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*Up to 20% discount applies when you tell us your Nectar card number. Discount does not apply to the premiums for pre-existing medical conditions or enhanced gadget cover. You won't be eligible if you buy through a price comparison website. We reserve the right to change or cancel this offer without notice.

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Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Insurance is underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE (GLISE) a German insurance company. UK Branch office: Plantation Place, 30 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3AJ, company number SE000083. Authorised by Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht and subject to limited regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority: register number 769884. Details about the extent of GLISE’s authorisation and regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority, and regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority are available from the insurer on request.

Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Insurance is sold and administered by Hood Travel Limited, registered at Companies House 08318836. Hood Travel is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under registration number 597211. Hood Travel Limited’s registered address is at 1st Floor Maitland House, Warrior Square, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2JY. Hood Travel is an insurance intermediary providing a non-advised service. We act for and on behalf of the insurer.