Picking a backpack for a backpacking holiday

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July 7, 2013 by ginafashionistar

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Backpacking holidays have long been popular among travellers – particularly so among younger people, many of them students making the most of their gap year and exploring the world. If you’re thinking of going away on a backpacking trip, then it should go without saying that there’s quite a lot to consider. Not only do you need to think about how you’re going to afford your trip, where you’re going to go and how you’re going to get there, but you also need to think about the backpack itself – it’s important to choose a backpack which is going to withstand the rigours of your trip. Here are a few suggestions you may wish to consider when you come to buy luggage.

According to an article from eHow.com, choosing the right backpack for your needs can help to make your trip that bit easier – after all, you probably don’t want to be lugging an ill-fitting, flimsy or otherwise inadequate backpack along with you on your travels. If you choose the backpack that’s right for you, your whole trip is likely to be more comfortable and less stressful. Perhaps the first and most obvious thing you need to consider, therefore, is what the exact use of your backpack is going to be. Think about how much you’re going to be packing into it, and how much strain it’s likely to be under during your trip.

You should also think about whether you want an internal-frame or an external-frame backpack. While the former have better padding, capacity and allow you to put more weight on your hips, the former are cheaper, allow you to access the contents of your backpack more easily and provide superior ventilation so your back is more comfortable. It’s worth looking at what both types of backpack have to offer, of course, but it does help if you’ve got a basic idea of which type you want in advance. The chances are you’ll need a larger, internal-frame backpack if you’re going on an extended trip.

Take a trip to an outdoor retail shop and try on a few different backpacks before you decide to buy one. This should help you avoid splashing out on a backpack which later turns out to be ill-suited to your needs. It’s also worth placing a few items in the backpack to simulate what you’ll be carrying when you actually go on your trip. You should also be wary of backpacks which have too many features – such as straps and pockets – which will add weight to the pack without serving any useful purpose.

An article from Nomadicmatt.com also makes a number of suggestions to those thinking of buying backpacks. It suggests choosing a backpack which is at least partly made of waterproof material – it doesn’t necessarily have to be 100 per cent waterproof, just as long as it provides your belongings with a reasonable degree of protection from the elements. Padded shoulder straps can also be particularly useful when you’re carrying your bag around, because unpadded straps can really start to dig into your shoulders and back after a while.

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