When it comes to travelling, we all like to be able to take what we need so that our stay can be as comfortable as possible. It is always sensible, however, to travel as lightly as possible as carrying our luggage around for several hours at a time can become wearisome. A common piece of travelling equipment to house our luggage is a backpack but what should we remember when choosing our backpack to travel?
Our first consideration should be the purpose of our trip. If we are going to be climbing mountains, the backpack that we will need will have to satisfy very different requirements compared with a backpack for another type of trip. For walking holidays, it may be that a backpack with a metal frame is important for comfort. The frames are now exceptionally lightweight in their nature and metal framed backpacks usually come in a variety of sizes and have lots of compartments. This type of backpack may also need to have a waterproof quality. Backpacks of this nature would normally have to be used for checked luggage as they would more than likely not satisfy size or weight requirements for aircraft hand luggage.
If you are simply looking for a backpack to travel with only then you would be considering some of the very lightweight options that are available. Materials are very advanced and even the lightest of backpacks can be very robust. When travelling, you may be allowed, say, 10kg of hand luggage so you do not want a backpack that weighs half of that! Check the weight, often the backpacks will come with a stated weight. For airline travel, size will be important if it is going to be used as a piece of hand luggage. Check with various airlines prior to your purchase and remember to check each time you travel as airlines can make changes to their requirements from time to time.
Compartments and pockets are going to be important. People travel with a lot of expensive equipment and it would not be at all wise to be putting your very expensive laptop in the same compartment as your favourite bottle of drink, separation is important and many of the backpacks come with multiple compartments at various locations around the backpack.
Carrying position is important and for security many prefer the single strap variety so that it can be worn across the body, so consider security and weigh that against comfort and size.
Backpacks can double up as beach bags or day bags so it may be an idea to look for an appropriate style or color that would satisfy all requirements.
Anti theft bags can be important and there are certain backpacks that will come with this feature. This type of backpack will come with hidden pockets or lockable pockets which will make it impossible for a pickpocket to access your possessions. Some backpacks even come with RFID protection which protects against electronic theft. Anti theft backpacks are often made from materials which cannot be cut and some have reinforced handle structures.
Some backpacks will also come with compartments that can be detached, hence giving you a versatile choice of size and some will even come with charging compartments.
Due to the wide choice of backpacks that are available, there will be a backpack to suit all requirements. Try before you buy and make sure that you find a comfortable fit.