Alicia Craig Backpack August 13th, 2019 - 11:51:46
You will also want to get a backpack that is large enough to contain the essential gear related to the length of trip you are planning to take. Learning how to pack a backpack can go a long way in helping you choose just the right backpack for the occasion. Not only will you be ahead of the curve by approaching backpacking from this angle, you will be less likely to find yourself out on the trail with a backpack that is either too heavy or loaded with unnecessary equipment.
This is why you need to think carefully about the length and conditions of the trip you are planning to take before heading out. By studying your backpacking gear list, you will be fully prepared and confident that your backpacking experience will be a good one. Depending on the type of backpacking adventure you are considering, consulting a reputable guide to backpacking is essential.
Depending on the size of your load, you'll need to choose a pack with sufficient support. The main categories of backpacks are back packs with internal frames, backpacks with external frames, and frameless backpacks. Frameless packs are meant for lighter loads. This kind of backpack is simply a bag with straps that fit over the shoulders. More sophisticated frameless backpacks may have padded shoulder straps and backs for extra comfort and additional pockets to help organize your supplies.
Internal frame backpacks have the frame work inside the backpack which lays flat against your back when walking. This type of hiking backpack is ideal as it hugs your body and feels very safe and secure when you are walking. External frame ones are more rigid and although can carry heavier loads they are not as comfortable to carry. They are ideal for longer camping trips as you can fit more into them and over time the weight in them will become distributed making it easier for you.
Backpacks also come with a lot of different compartments. If you go on a longer hiking trip you may want to have a compartment for a handheld gps, or for your cell phone that is easily accessible. If you carry your tent and sleeping bag along you may want to look at easy storage compartments that are accessible through zippers on top and bottom of your backpack. This comes in handy when you need an item that is stored on the bottom of your backpack so you don't need to empty the whole backpack to get to it, but simply open the bottom zippers. When you are hiking in a more challenging dry, hot environment you may want to look for an outdoor backpack that has a hydration pack included. This is a build in water tank that enables you to drink out of a attached water tube without using your hands or holding a water bottle. Also a good backpack for mountain biking or other sports activities.
Also look at how many times a year you will use the backpack. If it's for a one time event, a lower quality backpack might be fine,but when you use it more often you're going to have a lot more fun buying a good quality backpack. This will cost you more but certainly is worth the money.