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If you are considering ehading out on a big adventure, choosing the right backpack is crucial for a successful backpacking trip.

Clare with a backpack at the beachWith the right backpack you can go anywhere

Here are our top 10 tips on how to choose a suitable backpack and what features make up a good backpack for that situation.Overall, choosing the right backpack is a personal decision based on your body size, gear needs, and preferences. It's essential to try on different backpacks and test them out before making a final decision.

  1. Size and Capacity: You need to find the right balance. Choose a backpack that is appropriately sized for your body and can hold all of your necessary gear. A backpack with a capacity of 40-60 liters is usually sufficient for backpacking around the world. You should be aiming to carry everything you need, but keeping it as light as you can.
  2. Weight: A backpack that is too heavy will be uncomfortable to carry for long periods. Look for a backpack that is lightweight but still durable and with features that you need.
  3. Durability: A backpack that is well-made and durable will withstand the wear and tear of a long trip. Look for a backpack made of high-quality materials and with sturdy zippers, buckles, and straps.
  4. Comfort: A comfortable backpack is essential for a long backpacking trip. Look for a backpack with adjustable straps and padding on the back, shoulder straps, and hip belt. The hip belt should sit comfortably on your hips, and the shoulder straps should not dig into your shoulders.
  5. Accessibility: A backpack with multiple compartments and pockets makes it easy to organize and access your gear. Look for a backpack with a front-loading or top-loading design, as well as side pockets and a separate compartment for your sleeping bag.
  6. Rain cover: A backpack with a built-in rain cover or the option to purchase a separate one will protect your gear from rain and other elements.
  7. Detachable daypack: some backpacks feature a smaller pack that can be separated from the main pack and used for day trips when a large pack is too cumbersome.
  8. Compression straps: Compression straps allow you to compress your backpack to a smaller size when it's not full, making it easier to carry and store.
  9. Lockable zippers: Lockable zippers help to keep your gear secure, especially when traveling in crowded areas or staying in hostels.
  10. Ventilation: A backpack with ventilation channels or a mesh back panel will keep you cool and comfortable on hot days.

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