The perfect backpack for an unforgettable hiking experience

Written by Gabriela_Codita | @stylishcircle
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Focus on the beautiful world around you!

 

Weekend getaways in nature can help you escape from urban life, but they require planning when it comes to packing right. And we all agree that nothing compares to the experience of heading off into nature, into magic places that will leave you breathless and enchanted.

Just imagine yourself standing in the middle of nowhere, all bundled up in a warm, fuzzy sweater and drinking a hot delicious pumpkin-flavored coffee. Amazing image, right?

When picking your adventure one of the most important steps is choosing the right backpack. Well...truth be told “The Perfect Pack” is really something of a myth. Besides, choosing the right backpack can turn into a daunting experience. But let’s focus on the good news: out there are so many options available, so you will surely find the one for you!

 

 

If you’re taking some trekking tours into the heart of the wilderness, you will need a great backpack!

That being said, you should know which features and capabilities are the most important to look for when purchasing a new backpack.

Does size matter?

YES! Actually, when it comes to backpacks, everyone wants to know what the perfect size is. Always the backpack should be proportional to your body, because if it’s too big or too small the weight won’t be balanced properly and can cause lots of problems, one of them being backache. Plus, you need a backpack that is big enough to hold just a bit more than the stuff you are bringing.

The backpack capacity

It’s important to know what you’ll be carrying with you and especially how long you plan on travelling. Usually, for a weekend trip you’ll need a 30-50 liters capacity backpack. If you intend to spend around 5 nights in your trip – 40-55 liters capacity, and for an extended trip - more than 5 nights55 liters capacity or larger. Always keep in mind to buy accordingly – you know yourself and your style!

 

 

Must-have backpack features

Wondering which are the most important features when buying a new hiking backpack?

  • Adjustable length or interchangeable length hip belts
  • Load lifter straps
  • Side water bottle pockets
  • Rear stretch pocket
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Rain cover
  • Water resistant material

Types

There are so many backpack styles available on the market. For many activities, you will most likely want a sport-specific model, for example a ski pack for skiing or a climbing pack for climbing.

There are hiking backpacks which are distinguished by their intended use, size, materials and design. Very small, lightweight backpacks are often known as hydration packs, and are ideal for short journeys.

There are also larger packs that allow just enough room for a weekend or a camping trip. Technical packs are highly specialized for activities such as rock climbing or skiing.

 

 

The price

Backpack prices depend a lot on size, fabric, and brand. Don’t let yourself fooled by the brand and the appearance of a backpack.

Pay attention to its features and capabilities. You don’t need to spend more than 200$ on a backpack because no backpack is worth more.

 

So, make sure you know what the main purpose of the backpack will be. If not, you’ll end up with something that doesn’t fully meet your needs.

After taking into account the main considerations of capacity, style and fit you should be well on your way to the perfect pack for your hiking tours.

 

Don’t forget to choose a backpack that you like and that’s comfortable, because you’re going to take it on many adventures! 

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