How to Choose the Right Backpack for Your Next Hiking Trip

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Whether you are a traveler, hiker, or student, a backpack is an essential thing when you go for a long tour or mountain hiking. A backpack is the simplest frameless form. It is used for carrying heavy loads on one’s back or carrying clothes and any equipment. It is the essential travel thing which you must have but pick it carefully. There is a number of things that you should consider before choosing the right backpack for your travel and hiking trip, which are listed below:

1. Ideal Backpack Size

First of all, you should know your ability – how much weight can you lift on your back? What are your height and weight? Backpacks come in various sizes such as:

  • Mini and small backpacks size has 6 -10 liters capacity and best for days out, kids bags, and sports.
  • Daypacks size has 10 -30 liters capacity and best for commuting, hiking and day walks.
  • Medium backpacks size has 30 – 50 liters capacity and best for overnight trips, camping and hiking
  • Large rucksacks size has 50+ liters capacity and best for traveling, backpacking, and expeditions

Most used daypacks range size start from 20 liters to 35 liters.

2. Lightweight

A lightweight backpack is easy to carry, safe for your back, shoulder, neck, and also save your body energy. As you will reduce fatigue and strain by traveling and hiking in the mountains. It may also help you add extra items in it, reduced air fees, and easy to put on.

3. Materials

Backpacks are great for everyday use. A hiking backpack is fully loaded with heavy things. It has to face hard and soft hits and rubbing in life. They are made from different materials but Nylon and polyester are the most famous pack materials. Rip-Stop Nylon and PVC fabrics also make durable bags that you can use for years. Mostly hiking backpacks are made from nylon. Nylon comes in various deniers, more denier means more abrasion-resistant and durable is the fabric.

4. Waterproof

If you are a regular traveler or hiker, backpack waterproofing is another thing to know before buying it. It will save your stuff and gadgets from wetness in the rain, water rafting, going around the fountains, and walking around the foggy or snow weather.

5. Functional

Backpacks should also be multiple-functional with multi-pockets to carry all your hiking backpacks essentials such as water, clothing, food, phone, keys, wallet, laptop, charger, power strip, power bank, notebook, pen, hand sanitizer, emergency kit, shelter, sleeping bag, and more.

So these are some basic tips to choose the right backpack for your next hiking trip.

Amy Adams Author

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