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How To Choose a Travel Backpacking Backpack

If you backpack around the world you might want to consider a travel backpack that's also suitable for backpacking. External frame backpacks are too bulky to fit the luggage compartment.

Choosing a travel backpack wont be like choosing just another luggage because your backpack will also be your home. It holds your tent, clothes, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, stove and more.

You have to remember that your pack will also get a lot of rough treatment whether at the airport or on the trail. It'll be exposed to the sun, rain, dust and get tossed on, under, and around all kinds of planes, trains, and busses. You might also have to balance between toughness and features and easy access. Choosing a travel backpack requires some thought.

A travel backpack can either have wheels or not. If you're a lightweight backpacker you won't want any wheels on your pack but if you pack heavy you would really appreciate wheels on your backpack that you can use on smooth surfaces at the airport.

How you load your pack is also an important consideration. Internal frame backpacks can either be top loading or front loading with multiple access points. I would recommend the latter because you're likely to need something in your pack which could be buried deeply. If you use a top loading backpack you would have to take out everything to get a hand on that thing you need. The advantage of top loading backpacks is that there's no risk of zipper failures.

Try to choose a backpack that has multiple pockets where you can store anything that will need quick access. This is useful for cameras, passports, first-aid kit, snacks and more. Depending on the activity you might also need some loops for ice axes, skis, etc.

The capacity of the pack is also another important consideration. There's a limit to the size of your pack for carry-ons on international flights. A pack with a capacity around 4500-5000 cubic inches works well.

Some internal frame backpacks today come with adjustable torso lengths, which is a cool feature if you're too lazy to measure your torso to get the right fit or if you intend to share the backpack with your brother. You can also choose how the torso length is adjusted. Some are easier to adjust than others but since you're only going to do this once or twice or until you get the right fit, it's not really necessary especially if it comes with extra costs.


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