How to Choose Backpack While Travelling I Complete Guide

Everything we take to a trip must be of good quality, since it will be subjected to rain, bumps, scrapes, excessive weight and many other things. When choosing a backpack you have to consider the type of trip we will make, therefore the use we will give you, how we will transport it, and our physical structure. I suggest buying a backpack of a brand that is recommended. Especially if you are going to places farther away from cities where you cannot buy another in case you break the one you have.

For pre-armed trips where you will only go to hotels and you will always travel by car or some convenient means of transport, it is convenient to carry a suitcase. But a backpack is preferable if you make a “backpacker” trip, where you will have to walk a lot, go through dirt roads, in the rain or trekking. Travel backpacks allow us to have free arms and at the same time be comfortable. It must be taken into account if the exits will be of short duration or several days where we must carry equipment, clothing and heavy items.

The type of trip determines in many cases how you will transport your backpack. If you plan to climb, trek or climb mountains is not the same as if you only transport from one hostel to another or if you travel by car, train or other means of transport. In the latter case, it can be less sophisticated and have fewer pockets, straps and adjustment systems. Otherwise, it should be well adjusted to our back and therefore be more complex. In the case of those who do trekking have to take into account that must have system of fastening for the canes and to have on hand things such as toilet paper, sun cravings, water, food or a map.

Many carry the main backpack in the back and a small one hanging in front. I like this idea because it allows you to carry documents and other important things well monitored and within reach. On the other hand, I can also leave the big one in the hostel and go on an excursion with the other one.

How to Choose Backpack is the Following:

The Size:
The capacity of a backpack is measured in liters. To know what volume you need you also have to take into account your body structure and physical strength. Otherwise you can injure yourself. I am short, and I found it hard to find a backpack that fits me. The larger ones tend to be long for the low ones and the small ones discharge the weight on the shoulders of the tall people instead of on the belt (or fanny pack). Shoulder pads should not extend beyond the back and most of the weight should be on the hip.

The Back:
Must be able to adjust in height. The weight should be unloaded to a greater extent on the hip and not cause pain. If you lower it to the maximum and, when putting the belt, the shoulder pads are very high, then it does not work. If you raise it to the maximum and the fanny pack almost does not discharge weight or remains above the hip, either.

Side Pockets:
The side pockets deform the structure of the backpack. You have to look for the most ergonometric way possible. But there is a risk of imbalance or uneven weight. So do not overdo it with your pockets.

A simple backpack without too many accessories is preferable to reduce the possibility of breakage.

It is useful to protect it from scratches, dirt and under a calm rain for a limited time. The fabrics are synthetic and almost waterproof: the seams allow water to enter. But if you find yourself in a strong storm, the backpack will not protect you enough either. What you have inside should go in tightly closed bags.

The Fabric: 
The cheapest ones are polyester canvas, and they serve for normal uses. The most sophisticated are Sanity or synthetic rip-stop genres that give you more resistance against tears.

The best backpacks have an internal tape covering the longer seams. Check that the one you buy has these tapes.

If You are a Woman: 
Check that the adjustment strap with clasp that goes to the chest joining the shoulders is adjustable. It should not cause discomfort.

Avoid light colors. The backpacks, being of synthetic fabrics, are washable. You have to remove the straps, tapes, brooches and back frames. They are washed with mild soap. But this can not be done everywhere so the choice of color is important. With the black you see the dust stuck, but the other dark colors disguise the dirt.

The Frame:
The backpacks usually bring internal steel bars in the back part. They serve to position the weight on the belt, lightening the shoulders. They have to be very rigid.

The Shoulder Pads:
They must be resistant, they breathe and according to your body structure.

The Belt:
It is good to be wide, big and strong.

The Buckles and Straps:
The buckles must be made of rigid plastic and the straps of fine mesh, so that they slide more. Check that the buckles on the fanny pack and the lid open and close easily. Run well and without locking for the adjustment side, but do not run at all for the opposite side.

Compression Straps:
Help to make the backpack compact. They must have reinforced seams. They will also be useful if you want to convert it into carry-on luggage for low-budget airlines.

Must be taken into account especially for certain countries and hot periods. Shoulder pads, back and belt must have ventilation system on the sides that have contact with us. They are like small holes that allow the air to circulate.


The well-armed backpack should be almost stuck to the back and not be shaken when walking. It is important to feel stable.

The weight should be well distributed when loaded. How do you realize this? Simple, if you remain standing on the ground then that’s fine.

When you finish assembling it, the straps should be adjusted according to the structure of the body.

The weight should be even on the shoulders and should fall more in the waist when you put the belt.

Be careful when loading pockets as they deform the structure that the backpack must have and produce imbalance or uneven weight.

Always check the condition of the seams.


If you are going to climb mountains, in the ascents the weight should be at the top of the backpack and should be placed higher on the back.

When you lower the weight it should be at the bottom and the backpack should be placed lower.

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