Backpacking is one of the most efficient ways to explore the world. If you know the right places to stay, and you’re ready for loads of adventure without breaking your wallet, you’re in for a real treat. However, it’s called “backpacking” for a reason.
A lot of the money you will be investing will be put on your travel pack, and a bad travel pack can really ruin your travel plans. Here are guides to help you choose the perfect travel pack for your needs.
The best style to choose is an internal frame backpack. This way, you can keep all of the essentials inside your pack without worrying about them getting lost in the heap. There’s a compartment for all the essentials. The only time people need to attach anything out of the internal frame backpack is when they’re going camping, and bringing along tents and sleeping bags. The internal frame backpack is also only big enough to let you pack what you need. First time travelers often make the mistake of bringing too many things on their trips. The internal frame backpack won’t let you do this because the inessentials simply won’t fit into your pack. You’ll be forced to choose the items you really need.
On a general note, about 3,000 to 5,000 cubic inches (these can hold anywhere between 50 and 80 liters of luggage) is the perfect size for backpacking. It’s just big enough to allow you to bring all the things you need to bring, but at the same time, the pack won’t be too heavy for you to lug around just in case you’re climbing up a mountain. Try not to pack your bag to the brim. In your travel, you’re bound to bring something back, so leave a little extra space. Also, the lighter your pack is, the more efficiently and comfortable you will be able to travel.
Of course, there’s more to choosing a travel pack than simple looking at the design and the promised capacity or the size. You need to look at the materials and the stitches on your travel pack too. It’s okay to purchase an expensive pack if it’s something that would last you for years. Also check the buckles and the zippers. Some packs use high quality fabric, but the zippers and the buckles are flimsy. This would make your travel experience very bothersome.
There’s no one size or style that’s right for all travelers. Everyone has his/her own travel style. You need to figure out how many days you’re usually away, how much clothes you really need, etc. From here, you can figure out whether to get a small, medium, or large travel pack. Aside from that, your body frame also matters. Try on different packs and see how well it fits your torso. The perfect pack is one which can be filled with 50 lbs of items and still feel comfortable for you to carry. Check for shoulder pads, adjustment straps, etc. The pack itself mustn’t be too big or too small for your body. As for the tallness of the pack, test it. If you look up and it hits the back of your head, that means it’s too tall for you.
Side vs. Top
Top loading packs are more popular than side loading ones simply because they minimize the risk of spillages in case the zipper becomes faulty, and it’s easier to handle packs which open from the top. However, side loading packs allow you to access more of your things even while in transit because it opens up like a duffel bag. You need to make sure the zippers are very sturdy, though. The debate about whether side loading packs are better than top loading ones have been going on for a long time. However, it’s really up to you. Each traveler has his/her own specific needs. Look at how you travel and make your decision from your own unique experience.
Mind where you buy
The safest way for you to buy authentic, branded travel packs is to check on your area’s list of backpack retailers. However, a lot of people want to widen their horizons. You can also check out online auction places like Craigslist, Amazon.com and Ebay. Just make sure you’re dealing with someone who can be trusted. Read their clients’ testimonials. Also, educate yourself about how to identify high quality backpacks, especially if you’re purchasing high end or very expensive ones.
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