How to choose the perfect Travel Backpack!

With the growing times and modernization backpacks have become kind of a necessity for all of us today. And finding a perfect backpack wherein you can stuff all your stuff especially while travelling is undoubtedly a task. We did some digging and got some amazing tips; there are three main areas to consider:

  • Backpack capacity: The size of the pack you’ll need is tied to the length of your trip and how much weight and bulk you want to carry.
  • Backpack features: These are the refinements that affect how the pack works for you.
  • Backpack fit: Torso length—not your height—matters most.

If we classify the backpacks according to the type of the trip; then we have:

Weekend (1-3 nights; 30-40 liters)

Efficient packers using newer, less-bulky gear can really keep things light on 1- to 3-night trips by using a pack in this range. Be aware that packing light requires self-discipline and careful planning. If you can pull it off, though, the light-on-your-feet rewards are fantastic



Multiday (3-5 nights; 45-50 liters)

These are the most popular backpacking packs sold at REI and they’re an excellent choice for warm-weather trips lasting 3 or more days. Packs in the 45- to 50-liter range are also great for shorter trips where you pack a little more luxuriously or multisport activities like backcountry skiing.


Extended-trip (5+ nights; 55-60 liters or larger)

Trips of 5 days or more usually call for packs of 55 liters or more. These are also usually the preferred choice for winter treks lasting more than 1 night. (Larger packs can more comfortably accommodate extra clothing, a warmer sleeping bag and a 4-season tent, which typically includes extra poles.) They’re also a good option for folks taking young children backpacking because Mom and Dad wind up carrying a lot of kids’ gear.

Some necessary accessories


Some people like lots, and some people prefer a more streamlined pack. When evaluating pockets, consider the size and placement of each.

Removable Daypack

Some packs are designed with a removal daypack that is perfect for shorter trips from camp like summit bids or supply runs during a thru-hike.

Sleeping Bag Compartment

This is a zippered stash spot near the bottom of a pack bag. It’s a useful feature if you don’t want to use a stuff sack for your sleeping bag or if you want to be able to pull your sleeping bag out of the backpack without unloading other gear.


If you’re using a lightweight pack with a fairly minimalistic hip belt and lumbar pad, you can suffer sore spots on your hips, lower back or shoulders.

Attachment Points

If you frequently travel with an ice axe or trekking poles, look for tool loops that allow you to attach them to the exterior of the pack.

Rain cover

If you expect rain on your trip, this is a good item to carry. Pack fabric interiors are usually treated with a waterproof coating, but water can seep through seams and zippers.

Hydration Reservoir

Nearly all packs offer an internal sleeve that holds a hydration reservoir (almost always sold separately), plus one or two portals for the tube.



-Nandita Agarwal

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