Guest post by Mads Phikamphon. Mads has travelled all over the world with less luggage than most people. These days he prefers travelling with just hand luggage and desperately try to persuade his wife and children to let go of the suitcase when travelling with them.
How to Choose the Right Travel Backpack
Like most of us, if you too have bought your first backpack without researching a little about it, you’re probably here for all right reasons! Maybe you were unaware of padded straps, waterproofing, back support or more.
If you’ve already understood that there are several determining factors upon choosing the right backpack, you’ve already gone half-way through to a comfortable journey. Check out some aspects you can’t miss out, for choosing the right backpack.
What to look for in a backpack?
You might have already listed down all that you need to take in your backpack but not decide what bag you need. That’s ok until you’re opting for front-loaders. The urban backpacks are usually of this type and they are perfect for light hiking.
These are way better than the top-loading backpacks that you have to unload to reach out to the things you keep right at the base. These days, people like to travel light and some of you might be okay to just carry your laptop backpacks as that fits in all that you need. No matter what the size of your bag is, try to get yourself a front-loader.
The ideal backpack will have many compartments and not just one.
You might like the twin compartments that help you store your sleeping bag separate from the beach towel. Look for backpacks that have an internal organizer that can keep your electronics, medicines, and toiletries.
You might also want to use packing cubes as they come to great help, especially where there aren’t many compartments.
Every compartment of your backpack must have two zippers so that you can lock them. If there are no padlocks with the package, you might want to buy them to reduce the chances of theft.
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Padded hip and shoulder straps
If your backpack doesn’t do what it is meant to, it might hurt your body. Choose a backpack that has a hip belt for comfortable adjustments. It distributes weight evenly between your hips and back.
You must also look out for ergonomic padded shoulder straps that help you carry the weight comfortably and not let the straps cut into you. Chest straps are also good to stop weight cutting on the shoulders.
Try to avoid backpacks that have a flat back. You need to look for something that gives you optimum lumbar support as that will support the lower back. It keeps your posture fine as your spine distributes weight evenly being in a neutral arch.
Your backpack must have an internal support frame. These add great support to the back and keep your equipment secure. Most backpacks now days have internal frames and they look better. You might also get your hands on some semi-exposed frame, and they too can suit your requirement.
Compression straps are good when you don’t have too much of load. You can easily tighten up your backpack and prevent your gear from rattling around. The truth about living out backpack is that you can do well with minimal things and make the most of the resources you find on your way.
Apart from how much your gear weighs it is also important to consider how much your backpack weighs. You might look for ultra-light backpacks that don’t add much to the load of your gear.
However, this doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be a sturdy backpack that lasts you long. The features are more important than a few extra dollars you pay to the airlines for more weight.
Everyone wants to know about the right size of their backpack. The truth is, it differs from one person to another. Backpacks are usually sized from 35L to 80L. You must ask yourself how long you’re going to travel for and how light will you pack.
You need to know how much gear you might need to add on the way. Long-term travelers tend to choose the 50L to 65L backpacks.
Your backpacks might not be entirely waterproof, so you need to keep some waterproofing handy. There can be times when there is a heavy rainfall and you couldn’t protect your belonging as you only depended on the backpack quality. It is not worth the risk when you carry electronics and expensive gadgets on your journey. You need to carry an emergency garbage bag for a little more help, if not any other form of support.
Apart from all of these, you need to take note on the warranty and other perks or discounts you can get from your backpack purchase. Your travel backpack will be an important companion who comes to your help when no one else can. Make sure you choose the right product so that there are no obstacles on your way.
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