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Only someone who has travelled with a backpack before can tell you first-hand the important points that will make you choose one or the other.

  1. The backpack should open to the bottom

When choosing a backpack for backpacking, people often confuse a trekking backpack with a travel backpack, as not all trekking backpacks are suitable for travel. The main reason is that most trekking backpacks only open at the top, which makes access to your clothes, especially those at the bottom, very uncomfortable. Sometimes you will even have to unpack the entire backpack. And believe me, doing this every day will end up being a real pain. The solution to this “problem” is to choose a backpack that opens all the way. At least the zip goes all the way down one side.

2. It must have a hip belt.

This is very important when choosing the best backpack for backpacking, and not all travellers take this into account. During my travels, I have seen many backpackers travelling with all the weight on their shoulders.

  • The weight of your backpack should not be all on your shoulders but your hips.
  • The belt avoids overloading the spine, back and neck.
  • It should be padded in the areas where the weight rests.
  • It should have an adjuster to adjust the size of your waist.

3. Take into account your weight and height.

I consider it very important to choose a backpack that corresponds to your weight and height. Also, when filling it, keep these details in mind:

  • Even if you are travelling for a long time, you don’t need a backpack of more than 60 litres.
  • The more space you have in your backpack, the more you will fill it with “just in case”.
  • Your backpack will be with you for many hours, so the less you carry it.
  • You should never carry more than 20% of your weight, ideally only 15%. – Finally, your backpack should be ergonomically designed.

4. Pay special attention to extra comfort

The waist belt and the amount of weight you carry in your backpack are the most important factors influencing your comfort, but they are not the only ones. To choose the ideal backpack for backpacking, you should also take into account these components that, in addition to comfort, when used correctly, will prevent possible injuries and discomfort to your back:

  • Padded back pad with the ventilation system.
  • Padded shoulder straps and waist belt.
  • No more than 60 litres.
  • Must have compression straps that allow you to leave the backpack as compact as possible.
  • Adjustment straps: These straps should be at the top of the backpack and allow you to adjust them easily.
    Chest stabiliser: To compensate for the weight and relieve the shoulders, women should adjust these straps above the breasts.

5. To be used as hand luggage.

Okay, this is not essential, but it will save you a lot of money, and this is a key factor for any backpacker. As a general rule, backpacks up to 55 litres are allowed as hand luggage on all airlines. To give you an example, during our second trip to Southeast Asia, which lasted seven months, we didn’t check our backpacks once, and we took quite a few flights. If you are also going to take different internal flights and avoid checking your backpack, you will save a lot of money.

6. Multiple compartments

A comfortable backpack should have several compartments and pockets, making it much easier to pack and tidy. If it doesn’t have several pockets or compartments, we recommend these organiser bags.

7. Take into account the quality, do not choose the backpack only for the price and do not use imitations.

The last point to consider when choosing the best backpack for backpacking is not to skimp too much on price when choosing your backpack.

And of course, pass on the imitations that only imitate the design because the comfort and quality will have nothing to do with it.

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