If you want to travel around the world or only Africa, South America, Asia… etc you need a comfortable backpack because you will carry it for a long time therefore you need to know how to choose a backpack?
First of all, who am I? I am not an expert like working in a center who giving all advises to you.I was solo women backpacker for a long time. I traveled in South and Central (Latin) America 1,5 years after that 2 months in Indonesia.I learned a lot on the road what I need, what I don’t need. Yes, I have been traveling around the world by motorcycle now because When I fell in love everything has changed. 🙂
I believe that maximum 50 liters backpack is more then enough for a long journey. I was traveling 35 liters backpack, which had all my camping gears, clothes…etc. In this article only I want to write about which kind of backpack you need for your travel.
I don’t want to say any brand like a promotion. But if you buy good one you can use it for many years. Means; pay one time, use many times and safe money. I used my backpack more than 10 years. Now it is in the home and still good.
Don’t buy big backpack, which is 80-90 liters: When you start to pack everything you can see that you still have space and you can put more stuff in it.
Make sure the backpack doesn’t stuck your back: If the backpack stuck your back you will get so much sweaty when it is so hot. If you have space between your back and backpack you can have a little bit of wind in between J also if you have extra stuff like sweatshirt, jacket and no space in your bag you can carry there easily as well.
Some extra pocket always help: You make sure that you can have easy access for all you stuff in the back. Because you don’t want to take out everything in your bag to find only one thing. Could be nice if your backpack open bottom and top or from middle with a zip. Also if the backpack has top, bottom, left or right part has some extra pocket. So, you can carry some small things easily there. Like daily pills, creams, cables, socks, small towel…etc
Waterproof or water residence: Most backpacks are not waterproof. You need a rain cover for it. You must be sure that your rain cover is 100% waterproof. Anyway, if you go hiking under the rain your backpack will take water in after a while because the rain cover doesn’t cover all around the back.
Some ropes and hooks always work: Almost all backpack has some lines or some kind of net on the top. Also has some robes to you can hang on or stuck some stuff like your mattress, mug, pots…etc.
Be sure the backpack fits your body: A lot of companies make backpack, which is same but different size. The backpack must fit on your body. For example, your size is “S” but you buy “XL”. Maybe you can say ‘fine’ I can use it but it doesn’t fit correctly. Or other way around; you are “XL” and try to wear “S”. A backpack is same way as well. If you have a backpack that is touching your head or ass you never feel comfortable when you walk with it. Same thing, if it doesn’t fit for your shoulder as well. That’s why, it doesn’t matter who has which kind of backpack or model, they like so much if it’s not the correct bag for your body you will spend money for nothing.
Please, just keep in your mind these six basic things when you buy a backpack for yourself. And don’t forget to check backpack chart size before buy your backpack. Because backpack chart size can tell you to which backpack correct for your body shape. I hope that I could help a little for it.
You can also check the article: How to pack a backpack
Please don’t forget always help one small backpack as well to collect all important stuff and carry in front of you. it is better than hand bag. 🙂 You can use any time when you walk in a city or go small walk or in a bus to save your electronic, wallet…etc.