The Backpack Can Make or Break Your Travel: Choose Wisely!
When was the last time you spent some time in nature? Regardless of the answer, truth is you should use every opportunity you can to do so, because like it or not, we, modern day people, tend to get into the whirlpool called sedentary lifestyle, both at home and at work, and then wonder why our health seems to deteriorate all of a sudden.
What’s great about the outdoors, other than enjoying breathtaking sights and burning calories while having fun, is it makes for affordable traveling. Whether you decide to go backpacking or choose the more intense trekking, all you need is the adequate hiking backpacks, to store and protect your essentials, and you’re good to go.
Apart from the combination of sturdy boots and moisture-wicking socks that won’t give you blisters, plus the appropriate clothing for the weather, the backpack makes a basic piece of equipment and as such requires more thought to make the right choice.
Think of yourself as a snail carrying its home (don’t mind the slow speed though), the backpack has to have enough room for all of the items, and the convenience of compartments, pockets, gear loops and cords to nicely organise everything.
It might not seem that important, but multiple compartments make it quick and easy to pack up or find things while keeping them separated. This is especially handy when it comes to separating dirty from clean clothing, shoes, and toiletries.
Additional handy features you should be after are separate cells for sleeping bags and straps with emergency whistles. Since trips like these can easily waste your energy, it’s good to minimise the strain and maximise the comfort, which is where properties like hip belts, padded back, and shoulder straps prove to be helpful.
The size means different numbers for different people; you have to avoid getting hiking backpacks that are either too small or too big for you and your belongings because you risk falling accidents and not enough storage.
To be able to balance the weight properly, buy one that’s in the dimensions and capacity just right for all of your luggage, as well as suitable to your body proportions, and still has a bit room left for comfort.
As for the material, it’s not necessary to pick something waterproof, however, knowing weather can be unpredictable sometimes, you don’t want to be soaked either; the backpack has to handle the rugged terrain, not ruin your experience, so choose durable fabrics like polyester, and preferably a backpack with tarps to use in case of heavy rain.