Temperature Conversion Chart
for Travellers and Backpackers

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Planning and packing for your round the world backpacking adventure, mid-term break or weekend getaway isn't always as straightforward as you'd want.

This colour temperature conversion chart for travellers and backpackers can make things just a little bit easier.

I grew up in Canada using the Celsius temperature scale but with the Fahrenheit temperature scale right on my doorstep.

My family lived just over the river from the US and we often travelled across the border on holiday. So, I always found myself having to do temperature conversions.

These mathematical formulas are probably enough to explain why converting degrees Fahrenheit from or to degrees Celsius was way too much hassle for me:

°C = (°F – 32) x 5 ÷ 9

°F = °C x 9 ÷ 5 + 32

Even with a calculator, who on Earth would want to bother?

Of course, times have changed and I now travel with a handy dandy smart phone that I've loaded with all sorts of amazing travel apps and other cool stuff.

It's fantastic — except when the battery suddenly dies or I can't get on the Internet when I need to!

That's why I always like to keep a temperature conversion chart at hand. I print it out and stick it inside the cover of my travel guide so that I can refer to it quickly and without having to dig around my backpack for my phone.

If you want to do the same, just hit the green 'Print Friendly' button near the bottom of the page.

The colour-coded chart here is about as self-explanatory as it gets. Just bear in mind that the degrees in the Fahrenheit column are exact numbers while the degrees in the Celsius column are rounded to the nearest whole degree.

Happy packing!smiley


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