Choosing the Right Backpack for Traveling and Wilderness

This article is not for those who travel only by public or private transport and spend most of their day in hotels but rather for those who will be walking, hiking or riding long distances to explore new lands, spend their nights in tents or in any shelter they could find and etc. In short, it is for those whose travel will be depending on their backpack to some extent. So what kind of a backpack should we choose for wilderness survival or an expedition without basic comfort? Strange as it may seem, it doesn't always depend on the manufacturer as you may own a backpack made of the finest leather but reliability-wise it will be a total disaster. That is why I decided to share some details based on my own traveling experience:

1. Choosing the "right" size: Why "right" in quotes? Because there is no right size of a backpack, there is only the right size for you. It is an individual thing which definitely deserves a credit because if you don't choose a backpack size-wise fitting your height and weightlifting ability, following the next steps will be a waste of time.

2. Multiple pockets (compartments): This feature allows you to divide your belongings into certain sections thus saving time on reaching the stuff you may suddenly need.

3. Compartment for a water canteen: Your water canteen (or your thermos flask) must be easily reachable and firmly fit into its compartment. This will reduce chances of falling out of your backpack or spilling water all around your stuff in case you forget to close it properly (or in case it is damaged and leaks from a certain spot).

4. Compartment for your photo camera and tripod: This is more of an individual thing. Not every traveler is a photography maniac but in case you are one of those, easily reaching your camera and tripod must be possible in your case so that you won't miss a shot of a decade. I am not doing any advertising here but National Geographic sells some cool backpacks for photographers (and I love those sand and khaki colors), so you might want to check them out.

5. Hip belt: This feature is very important. Owning a backpack with a hip belt might not be that vital for travelers who spend only a few hours wandering streets of new cities, but if you are planning a long march through both urban and suburban areas, hip belt is a must to have on your backpack. It will help to distribute the weight you carry with yourself the way that it won't torture your shoulders and your back after a long walk. Plus locking the hip belt will prevent your backpack from dangling around while you climb a cliff or a mountain. 

6. Double zippers: I hope you never travel with people who may be a threat for your personal belongings, but in any case it is safer to have double zippers which can be locked together whenever necessary. 

7. Water-resistant material: Not so much to write about this feature. Make sure your backpack is completely waterproof so that a sudden rain won't cause trouble and wet all your clothes and gadgets.

8. Internal and external belts: These belts will definitely make your trip easier and more comfortable because external belts might be very useful for attaching a small blanket or a pair of extra footwear without stealing space from your other belongings. Internal belts are also great as a feature because they organize and keep your stuff firm and prevent them from mixing with each other when you run or jump too often. 

9. Secret pocket: Not so important but cool to have. In case you need to hide your passport, plane ticket, credit cards, cash or whatsoever as a precaution, it will do you a great favor. 

That's all I wanted to share with you guys, good luck on roads!