Brandie Hernandez Backpack July 13th, 2019 - 13:02:44
Another thing to consider is something many tend to overlook: comfort! There is no shame in being as comfortable as you can when backpacking. In fact, comfort can increase the level of enjoyment when hiking the great outdoors. Before purchasing your backpack, make sure to try on several different styles. Don't limit yourself to a particular backpack simply on the basis of what others say. Keep in mind: you will most likely be wearing your backpack for long periods of time. This being the case, it is vital that you choose just the right backpack that will be the most comfortable and still designed to carry all the gear you will need for the trip.
Before you spend vast amounts of money ensure that you know exactly what you need your backpack to do for you. Having the correct backpack can make carrying your equipment and items a great deal easier. Your weight, body frame, height and level of fitness will also help to determine which type of hiking backpack would suit your trip. There are two main types of backpacks to choose from and these are internal frames and external frames both are excellent and offer different things.
The third type of backpack is also rather common, and frequent travelers especially are going to be used to seeing it - the backpacks for travelers. Tourists and travelers travelling to other places for a period of time are frequently seen carrying this type of backpack around. They are built much bigger than your ordinary average backpack because they are meant to fit a lot more items in them, hence they are used for travelling. They also come with thicker straps so they can be easily carried around, and they are able to hold a heavier load because of the material they are made of.
Literally, there is a large variety available in the market to choose from, such as crush resistance, frameless backpack, internal & external backpack, lumbar & torso packs, lightweight, single strap & double strap backpacks, infant & child backpacks, hydration etc. Remember, they are all different so try them actually to see which ones suit you better. Before answering these questions, some important elements should be considered, such as purpose of your trip, duration of your trip along with the capacity you'll need and the features you demand in a backpack.
If my three hours was any indication, buying a good backpack is not an easy task. With hundreds of backpack manufacturers and styles, it can understandably be overwhelming. Whatever you do, don't go cheap. You'll be doing yourself a disservice and end up buying a new one anyways. A good backpack is an investment. You needn't spend $500 on a backpack, but be wary of cheap, no-frills, run of the mill $70 brands, as you'll regret the design flaws and absence of extras. Spend a little more for a good backpack from a trusted brand, and it will be your companion for many trips to come. The Osprey pack I eventually settled on has traveled with me from the U.S to the Middle East for 10 awesome years and I know it has another good 10 years to go.
If you or someone you know is considering taking up backpacking, getting the right gear is of utmost importance. From making a backpacking checklist to buying proper backpacking camping gear, it is vital to 'know before you go' when it comes to backpacking. Because your backpacking equipment is the means by which you will be transporting all of your gear, supplies, food and clothing, it is essential you establish a tried and true backpacking 'packing' list.