Every time someone wants to go on a new trip, one of the first things that come to mind is which backpack to take. Because choosing the right backpack is ultimately choosing the essential travel companion. It is the one that allows you to walk looking for a hotel or makes things easier for you when moving from one place to another.
It is best to take some time to choose the right backpack to avoid back and knee pain. Also, if you invest in buying a good backpack, it will last for several years. Due to its importance and the questions that come to us, we decided to write some tips to keep in mind when buying a backpack:
1) Be Clear About What Use You Are Going To Give The Backpack
This will give you the guideline of which backpack to look at. If you think of a long trip, you will surely need a little more liter than a weekend trip. It is not the same if you are going to use it only to move from one city to another or if you are going to use them to walk through the mountains carrying a tent and a sleeping bag. Although for many, it is unknown, the world of technical backpacks is huge, and there are models for all types of activities.
2) Check That It Fits Your Size
Although most backpacks are adjustable, some adapt better to specific sizes and men’s and women’s backpacks. Find one that suits you and feels comfortable.
3) Don’t Buy Extra Liters Just In Case
One of the first mistakes is to think, “he bought me a big backpack so that everything could fit in.” It’s true; everything goes in, but then that translates into a weight on the back. It is best not to exaggerate and know that 50 and 70 liters are necessary for a long trip. Ludmila has a 50-liter backpack, and I have a 65-liter.
4) Waterproof Material
Whether walking in the mountains or traveling in the city, rain is always a possibility. The fabric does not have to be 100% waterproof because ventilation is also essential. But knowing that it can withstand a little rain without a backpack cover is enough for me. I always look for it to be made of a light but thick material.
5) Multiple Compartments
I am of the idea that the more compartments the backpack has, the better, and it also has several access closures—at least one compartment on the bottom and one on the top and side pockets. But the pockets do not protrude but occupy the interior space of the backpack.
6) Double Closure
It is always best to look for backpacks with double closures. On the one hand, in case one breaks, we can use the other. On the other hand, to be able to put a lock if necessary.
7) Belt And Padded Straps
For a more comfortable grip and comfort, find that the shoulder and waist straps are not so thin, so they do not squeeze the skin. Ideally, they should be like a small pad.
8) Consider The Weight Of The Backpack Itself
Depending on the material of the backpack, it will be the weight of it. The ideal is an ultralight backpack with resistant material. The problem with this ideal is the price you pay. It is to find the balance between resistance and lightness.