How to Choose the Best Travel Backpack:-
Why travel with a backpack instead of a suitcase? The simple explanation can be summed up in one word: convenience.
Backpackers don’t stay at nice hotels with shuttle service to and from the airport. We go off the beaten path and that usually means there may not even be a path at all – literally. Imagine rolling a suitcase around on dirt roads, streets with gaping holes in the cement every few meters, and climbing up and down stairs at train stations lugging around a wheeled monster. It’s not pretty.
Carrying a travel backpack (and packing light) will help you hop, skip, and jump over anything. Just pick up and go! Keep reading and find out how to choose the best travel backpack.
There are a few factors to consider when choosing a travel backpack:
- Panel Access
Travel Backpack Sizes
Traveling carryon isn’t just about saving money on baggage fees; it’s also about packing light. Choosing a travel backpack that’s smaller helps you pack less, which means you have less weight on your back and that ultimately equates to one magic word: convenience.
No one wants to pick up a bag that’s bigger than them, is stuffed to the brim, and weighs a ton. Not only is it a strain on your back and a pain to carry when you’re walking for miles searching for the cheapest accommodation, but it also makes the process of traveling less fun.
Depending on the length of your trip, you may be picking up your bag every other day or every other week. But at the end of the day, no one wants to carry a bulky, heavy bag.
If you’re planning a long trip, this doesn’t mean you need a bigger bag. Packing for a 12-month trip is the same as packing for 12-day trip. Here, we’ll explore some size options for travel backpacks.
Regardless of your frame, backpackers traveling light tend to stick to travel backpacks ranging between 35 and 50 liters. You will most likely also be carrying a daypack, and this usually varies in size from 15 to 25 liters. Your total space between these two should be 50 to 65 liters to maintain a good balance.
When you first pick up a bag, you might think that there’s no way you’ll be able to fit all your belongings inside. However, by using packing organizers and choosing your contents strategically, you’ll make it work.
If you just can’t bear the thought of packing in the above sizes, try to choose a backpack no larger than 65 liters.
Depending on the make and model, travel backpacks come in a variety of sizes. Some are available in small, medium, and large, while others are unisex (or one size fits all). You can also find backpacks made specifically for women. Other bags also offer adjustable torso options.
If you’re very petite or tall, consider getting a bag with sizing specific to your needs and avoid one size fits all. At 5’2”, I’ve even traveled with a Junior or “teen” size bag that was the perfect fit and cheaper, too.
Because everyone’s needs and body types are unique, it’s best if you test out the bags firsthand to determine what’s most comfortable for you.
Questions to ask:
- Do the straps sit well on your shoulders?
- Does the fabric on the straps rub uncomfortably against the back of your arms?
- Does the hip belt align with your hips?
- Is the bag bigger than you?
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