How to choose the perfect backpack for travelling?
| Updated: July 27, 2016 5:05 PM IST
Published: March 10, 2015 8:00 PM IST | Updated: July 27, 2016 5:05 PM IST
When you hit the road, your backpack is your best friend. And it’s up to you to ensure that your relationship with the backpack doesn’t turn sour. So, how to choose a backpack with which you can have a long-term relationship, instead of a short-lived bitter affair? While buying a travelpack might seem like an easy task, finding ‘THE PERFECT ONE’ needs a lil research! Well, we’ve made it easier for you and have listed down a few points that you MUST consider while buying a backpack for your trip. 1. Size of the backpack: Your bag should neither be too big nor too small. If it’s too big, you can get a back pain or you might topple. If it’s too small, you will find it difficult to fit in all your travel gears. Depending on the length of your journey, you can determine the size of your bag. 2. Water Resistant Material: This is a pre-requisite for any backpack that you choose. While it’s not necessary to find a 100% waterproof backpack, you should find one that can endure a downpour. Also, you should check that the material of the backpack is such that it dries soon, else the bag will get musty. 3. Raincover: Some backpacks come with a raincover. Else, you can buy one which perfectly fits your backpack. This will provide an extra layer of protection against rains! 4. Padded Shoulder Straps: Padded shoulder straps are a must, especially if you plan to walk and climb a lot. Padded straps make carrying the weight easier. Make sure the padding is thick else it will wear off. 5. Contoured Padded Back: An arched back will support your back, by distributing weight equally. It makes travel more comfortable. Also check if the hip belt is padded and adjustable, for more comfort! 6. Multiple Compartments: A backpack with multiple compartments helps to keep your belongings neatly arranged. You can keep clothes in one compartment, shoes in another and toiletries in the third one, and so on. It also makes accessibility to what you need from inside the bag much easier. 7. Lockable Zipper: Lockable Zipper which means two zippers that come together and can be locked, provides safety. You can also use a cable tie to keep your backpack locked, so that you don’t have to worry about what if you lose the keys to the lock. 8. Accessories holder: You must check if the bag has a bottle holder, cellphone holder, hydration reservoir among others. This will help in keeping your belongings in an organized manner. Well, we hope you find a backpack that’s your soul mate. Happy travelling! ALSO READ 20 Signs that wanderlust runs through your veins… 10 Indian female travel bloggers who will inspire you to hit the road! 25 travel quotes that every traveler will love or be inspired by! Lee McAdam: A hitchhiker who will certainly inspire you to travel! 10 must know tips for backpackers opting for a hostel!