How to Choose a Backpack

I entered a store and saw a huge and cheap backpacking. Ready. I pulled my card and I made the purchase, without even thinking. That backpacking, the first of my life, accompanied me in Africa, visited Europe, lived with me in India, met the paradisiacal beaches of Thailand and gave a full turn to the globe. Backpack of lucky.

But when we come home, a year later, he was already ripped, without one of the handles and conditions of use. Thanked for services rendered, but I already knew the obvious: I’d bought a backpack bad. If she gave account of the mission – even with transportation, err, sweet common in airports-accident. Is that it. I could have stayed without backpack in the middle of the trip.

A good travel planning begins well before you leave the House and does not involve only the target. Among other things, you have to choose right to your luggage. And, before you buy a backpack, worth answering a question: I really need one? This is the best option for me?

When the bag is a better choice

Let me make one thing clear: you do not need to have a backpack to be backpacker. In reality, what matters least is the kind of baggage that you will choose. I’ve traveled the world with a backpack on my back. And I’ve spent three months in Europe with a wheelie bag.

Currently, with my travels being shorter and for Brazil, I’m adopting the tactics of the backpack (where the computer and the camera) + a small wheelie bag (for clothes). With this setting, ideal for trips of up to 15 days, I usually don’t even order luggage. I got to travel only with the common backpack, even out of the country. Just don’t repeat it because I always take a large amount of electronic and photographic material, which leaves the bag too full.

So, what else weighs in choosing your type of luggage is your comfort. The backpack is ideal for longer trips, you’ll use a lot of public transportation and walk enough, or for regions where the pavement is bad. Lu has already pulled a wheelie bag through the streets of Varanasi, in India, and you know how hard it was. And I pulled a wheelie bag through the streets of Europe, on a trip in which I used a lot of public transportation and had to climb the stairs of the subway every day, and I don’t recommend the experience to anyone.

On the other hand, if your journey involves little use of public transport, places with good structure, is not too long or if you suffer from back pain, simple: go to wheelie bag. Will be more comfortable and your clothes will not knead. Preferably, buy a bag with four wheels, the kind that you don’t even have to lean to push. It has a name: happiness.

How to choose a backpack

Size

According to Polyhobbies, the first thing is basic: the size of the backpack. Unless you want to try the combo backpack + wheelie suitcase, it’s likely that we’re talking about backpacking. But beware of the “”. The experience showed me that it’s better not to buy a backpacking too large.

The problem is the chance of you into temptation. If you have plenty of room in the bag, probably will tend to fill it to the rim. And, no matter the size of your trip, it is always a mistake. You can get a year on the road. If you take clothes for two weeks, you will be fine. Just use the dry cleaners that you will find along the way. Take more than that is always synonymous with repentance and back pain.

The size of the bags is measured in liters. The backpacking usually begins with 40/45 and ends with 90 liter backpacks. Today I have a Quechua of 60 liters. I like the brand, but I think of 50 liters would be even better. Nati has one of this size and never had a problem taking her stuff. Missing space, just have a backpack.

The attack backpack

The backpack is a small backpack that you will use on a daily basis. You arrive at the hotel, let the backpacking there and put the important things – camera, documents and a bottle of water, for example – on mochilinha. If you have to check the bag, as usually happens with the mochilões, is in the bag that will attack the items that cannot be shipped, like its electronics.

When she is useless, just leave it empty and store it inside the backpack. Some mochilões now come with a backpack, that can be attached to larger backpack. It may be worth checking products as well, but do not question to purchase one that already come with the backpack. Any common backpack (or bag) makes the same function. The only difference is that it will not be bound to the backpacking, but I rarely use this feature. Normally I take the mochilinha in front of me, on my belly, Kangaroo style. And this really long trips or when she is indispensable.

Compartments are useful

My first backpacking, one who circled the world with me, had a few compartments. And that was a problem. The more magazines, the easier it is to separate the clothes. An opening that allows you take items that are at the bottom of the Pack, even without having to empty it all, is also useful. And side pockets, of course, are always indispensable. The backpacking you don’t have to be a thousand magazines, mind you, but a fair amount helps.

Invest right

Good product has your price. And that price is not low. There’s no point in choosing the cheapest bag from the store and have a better quality product. Out that this type of nut economy almost always loses money, with product lasting less than you’d expect and the consequent need to buy another bag. Maybe even in the middle of the trip.

So, don’t be afraid to spend. I know that the travel budget already takes a good part of their economies. This is why it is worth buying the bag well before the trip, so that it does not become a burden on the budget on the eve of the match (bringing back the bloomin’ temptation, in this case to save with a bad product).

Want to know if a brand is good? See the guarantee that she gives. Good products usually have long warranty.

The optional items. And good.

There are some items that can make your life easier. The barrigueira, which attaches to the handle to your backpacking belly and helps in weight distribution, is one of the most important (and also one of the most common). Before buying, make sure that the backpack can be adjusted to your height and weight. Compression straps that help in the Organization of clothes, are also useful. I stopped using after I met the vacuum bags, this wonder of the world Hitchhiker that decreases the size of luggage, helpful for those huge coats for winter.

And many mochilões come with raincoat. I don’t think it’s that important, but have just buy the backpack that comes with this item. For me, however, ends up being more useful to wrap the bag in time to get rid of her. And this is certainly a point in favour, since Backpack straps are lost in a huge frequency during transport between the plane and the luggage belt. Another way out is to see if the bag allows the handles are stored at the time of shipment – in this case the bag takes the appearance of a suitcase.

Finally, I must say that this text is not thought to hikers, who have other demands. Is for the urban backpacker.

And you? Which backpack uses? What do you recommend?

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