Choosing the right backpack for your European Vacation is almost as important as finding a good flight. If you get a poor backpack, your back will pay for it and you may not want to pick it up anymore to travel to your next destination. (What you pack in your backpack will also help or hurt your back. Read our packing checklist) Finding the right backpack for you doesn't have to be difficult. Just put a little thought into it before you buy a backpack and you'll be enjoying your trip before you know it.
Here Are Some Helpful Tips in Choosing a Backpack ::
What size backpack to choose…
- How long are you traveling for? The longer your travel, the more you might need to pack.
- What time of year are you traveling? You might need a slightly bigger backpack if you are carrying winter clothes or a sleeping bag.
- (This suggestion is not meant to offend anyone.) How big are you? A 6’5’’ Male that weighs 225 pounds will need a much larger backpack for the same amount of clothing, than a 5’3” Female that weighs 125 pounds. Find a backpack that is relative to your body size and strength.
- How much can you carry? Be realistic. You can want to bring a huge backpack, but you have to be able to carry it. If you can’t carry a larger backpack, you’ll have to pack accordingly.
- Does the backpack feel comfortable? Is the waist belt comfortable? (Don't buy a backpack without a waist belt-80% of the weight sits on your hips.)
- Does it sit right on your hips? Ask a salesperson, they will be able to help you adjust the backpack to fit properly or will help you find a backpack that will work better for you.
- Would a woman's backpack be better for you? Even for some smaller guys, a woman’s backpack may fit your body style better.
Loading your backpack…
- Is the backpack top loading or panel loading? Top loading backpacks load everything from a top pocket while panel loading backpacks usually load from a large zippered pocket on the side. A top loading backpack can be a bit of a pain at times, especially if you are trying to get something from the bottom of you backpack.
- Make sure that the backpack will load evenly to help distribute the weight.
Other important things to remember…
- Find a backpack that has a removable daypack. This gives you a small bag to take with you while you explore around. It can hold your camera, transportation tickets, a bottle of water and other items you want to take with you for the day.
- Find a backpack that you can lock the zippers! This is important. When you are traveling or your backpack is left at your hostel or other accommodation, you need to protect your things.
- Is the backpack water resistant or can it be treated so that it is water resistant? The last thing you want to end up with is a backpack full of wet clothes on a rainy travel day.
- Does the backpack come with a warrantee and what does it cover? You don’t have to find a backpack with a warrantee, but if you would like some peace of mind, I would suggest it.
Purchase Your Backpack ::