How to choose the best backpack for travel

Travelling could either be so much fun you want to do it a thousand times over or such a stressed filled experience you don’t even want to talk about it… and it all depends on how well you plan the entire trip!

When you are done choosing your travel destination; booking your flight if you’re flying or filling your tank if it’s a road trip, packing has got to be the next most important thing to do. And everyone knows every trip requires a different kind of backpack.

So how do you choose the best backpack for your trip?

Here are 5 essential things to consider when choosing your backpack

1. The size and type you need

This is perhaps the most important thing to consider. Ask yourself “What kind of backpack do I need?”

Large travel backpacks can carry almost anything and can serve for multiple seasons. But there are times when a large backpack could become excess baggage as well. So the type of backpack you need is important. It’s also very important that you choose a backpack that fits you comfortably. This time, it’s not really about the size but about how well it is shaped to fit on your back.

When choosing a backpack, pick one that is only slightly bigger than what you actually need. This way you still have space to fit a few things if you need to.  

2. Straps

When choosing a backpack, it is important to consider what kind of straps the backpack would have.  A good strap makes for a comfortable fit. On the other hand, a bad strap will make the backpack feel very uncomfortable and probably painful. Here’s what to look out for with straps;

  • Padded hip strap: A backpack with any kind of hip strap is better than one with none but a padded hip strap makes the backpack more comfortable on the carriers’ hips.
  • Padded shoulder straps: Like the hip strap, a thickly padded shoulder strap makes the backpack more comfortable on the carriers’ shoulders and reduces the chances of a bruise.  

3. Frame

Most backpacks either have no frame, external frames or internal frames. A backpack with an external frame would have poles sticking out. These are terrible bags. They are often heavier and are just plain frustrating.  On the contrary, internal frames are the best option. They’re very lightweight and pose no hassle.

A small backpack would likely not have any frames because the goal is to keep it as lightweight as possible.

4. Compartments

Most people don’t understand how important backpack compartments are. Think of a compartmentalized backpack as a shelf. You are able to separate one item from another. Dirty shoes don’t get to rub on your white outfits.

However, a backpack with too many compartments can get very frustrating as well. This could mean you would spend so much time looking for one simple thing and you may never find it.

The ideal backpack should have between 3 to 5 compartments.

5. Material

Travel backpacks meant for travel should be made with water resistant material. It may not be entirely waterproof but it shouldn’t just let water in without any form of resistance to protect your stuff.


So in a nutshell, the ideal backpack is a water-resistant compartmentalized backpack with none or internal frames and the right size to hold all you need and a little bit more.

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