You need the best backpack for your travel adventure, but there are so many options. How do you choose? First, consider what you’ll be using the backpack for. Wheels might be a good investment if you’ll be walking short distances on flat, city streets. If you’re packing a small sized bag that you don’t plan to go trekking with, a duffle should do just fine. In any case, sturdy and light is the goal, so be sure to check the weight when the bag is empty and when it’s full.
Decide what size backpack is right for you. Choose the size based on the size of your torso and how much weight you can carry. You need to consider lumbar support to take care of your back. Is it important that your pack fit airlines’ size regulations? If so, check specific measurements of your bag.
Consider what other features of the backpack are important to you. With a large pack, it’s better that zipper openings be on top and bottom so that you can access any belongings without unpacking everything. Make sure the zippers are sturdy! Multiple pockets can be helpful to compartmentalize smaller items and separate your tablet from your toiletries.
There tends to be a direct correlation between quality and price, so spend that cash. The quality of your bag is important and this is not the place to cut costs. The average price for a mid-range backpack is $100-$200 and will suit most travelers needs.
It is a very good idea that you try on your pack before purchasing it! It’s one thing for a backpack to look perfect on paper, but you’ll want to get a real feel for whether this backpack is right for you.
A savvy travel trick is to check out specific camping retails stores, like REI, where camping experts will help you fit the right bag to your body, show you how to properly wear the pack, and let you test it out with weight. Be sure to also ask about the return policy, as some places allow full refund returns for up to a year.
Above all, keep in mind that less is more. If you don’t need it, don’t bring it. The smaller the pack you can buy to fit your travel needs, the better. Smaller packs add to convenience as well as safety from sticking out as a target, or even just a tourist.