Estelle Maynard Backpack July 15th, 2019 - 13:37:41
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.
Because backpacks are so useful and versatile and have been around for such a long time, you are going to find a variety of options for you to choose from. Because like pretty much any item that has been around for a long time, the backpack has been modified and improved in different versions and varieties to suit the needs of people today. Because our needs are so diverse, and each person may need a backpack for one reason or another, so too have the backpacks of today become diverse to better match our needs.
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.
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.
Kids and teenagers love trendy stuff and while there's quite a vast selection to choose from, what will work for them is a drawstring backpack that they find comfy and what's currently in vogue. For the girls, bags in pink with flowery decorations will be appropriate while the boys will prefer their traditional blue. The boys might also prefer the themed backpacks that have their favorite hero or their preferred game. Fun color combinations, polka dots or the freakish out of the ordinary type of bags that kids and teenagers love to have.
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.