Catherine Dunlap Backpack September 03rd, 2019 - 12:12:20
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.
First, it is important to note that backpacks can be grouped into four different categories - frameless (your typical backpack for college), external frame (hiking, camping), internal frame (hiking, skiing, sports), and the body pack (overnight camping, long trips). As I mentioned, the frameless style is your best bet for the college lifestyle. These backpacks are usually constructed using synthetic materials and are much cheaper than the other three types.
Young children enjoy carrying backpacks as a sign of their maturity and growing independence. Even preschoolers and kindergarteners like to carry backpacks to have a special place to put their things. Just remember, pediatricians advise that filled backpacks should weigh no more than 10-15% of a child's body weight. Most school backpacks also have adjustable straps for a more comfortable fit.
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.
It's also a great idea to do dog backpacking because it is the way a hyperactive dog can be controlled. They cannot irritate you on trips. While carrying backpacks, dogs also have a lot of fun. A large variety of such dog backpacks is available. Some have Velcro fasteners while the others have nylon straps, which have plastic buckles. Some of the backpacks also have pockets, snaps and zippers. So, make sure that you get the backpack with the right kind of accessories. Also, do not ignore the quality while trying to save costs. It can cause so many problems like bleeding when the backpack falls. You can also be stranded on mountains without supplies when the backpack cannot be taken any further as it has broken down.
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.