Travel Insurance for Backpacking

Don't let your backpacking trip be ruined by an unexpected incident. WAS can protect you from trip cancellations, medical emergencies, lost baggage, and more.


What is backpacking insurance?

Backpacking insurance is a type of travel insurance that covers you for medical expenses and other unexpected costs while you're backpacking. When travelling beyond borders, a number of things can go wrong. Since backpacking is about keeping travel low-cost, suitable travel insurance may be needed for your trip.

It can protect you from having to pay out of pocket for things like emergency medical care, lost or stolen belongings, and cancelled flights. Our travel insurance plans may reimburse hospital confinements for $50 per day (up to a maximum of $5,000) and cancelled airfares for up to $2,500.

Unpack These Benefits

Trip Cancellation or Interruption
Global Coverage
Emergency Medical Coverage

What Backpacking Insurance Covers

Before saying goodbye to your mates and heading off to the unknown, make sure to bring WAS Insurance along for the ride. Whether you're hiking in the backcountry, camping in remote areas, or hosteling around the world, we have backpacking insurance coverage that can help. Our plans cover a wide range of unexpected costs, including:

  • Emergency medical expenses
  • Cancelled flights
  • COVID-19
  • Lost or stolen baggage and personal effects
  • Damages sustained by third parties
  • Travel assistance
  • Rental car excess

If you feel like you need extra protection, we also offer optional add-ons like motorcycle insurance. You can also choose a customised plan that covers what you need for your next trip. Contact our team today to get a quote for backpacking insurance.

Why do I need backpacking insurance?

No one wants to think about what could go wrong on their trip, but the truth is, anything can happen. You could get injured or sick, lose your belongings, or have your flights cancelled. And if you're backpacking in a foreign country, it's even more important to have insurance because medical care can be very expensive.

Not all regular health insurance policies cover you when you're abroad, so it's essential to get a travel insurance policy that will. Packing your bags and hitting the trail is exciting, but there's no need to pack your worries too. Backpacking insurance can give you peace of mind knowing that you're protected in case something unexpected occurs.

Why Choose WAS Insurance?

Backpacking is all about fulfilling your wanderlust and exploring new places. But even the most well-planned trip can be thrown off course by an unforeseen injury or incident. At WAS, we understand the unique risks that come with backpacking. That's why our plans are designed to cover you for the things that matter most.

In the event of an emergency, we'll be there to help you get the care you need. Our team of 24/7 assistance professionals is ready to help you navigate any situation, whether it's finding a doctor or getting a message to your loved ones back home. And if your trip is disrupted by a covered event, we'll work to get you back on track. No matter where you end up or how long you're gone, we'll be there to help you make the most of your adventure.

*Note that not all benefits apply and will depend on whether you have selected them (and are reflected on your Certificate of Insurance). Terms, conditions, exclusions, limits and sub-limits apply. Please read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Target Market Determination (TMD) for further details.

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