Before I set out on my trip, I took a considerable amount of time researching and choosing the best backpack to bring for my travels. One should know that it is also one of the most important things to consider and best investment for your trip.
To save you time and energy, I’ve created a list of the factors to consider when choosing your pack.
(Photo: On our way to Bali from Gili Trawangan, Indonesia)
1. Trip Length
Consider how long will your trip be 1 week, 1 month, a year?
2. Location and Weather Conditions
Where are you heading to? Are you going to hot or cold destinations?
Is it winter, spring, summer or fall where you intend to go?
In my case, I was going to South East Asia so I knew it wouldn’t be cold and I can pack light clothes.
3. Body Fit
Consider your body size, height, weight.
I’m petite and didn’t want to carry a pack bigger and heavier than me.
You don’t want to hear people saying: “Hey there’s a backpack! Wait, there’s somebody underneath.”
4. Personal Style
To some people, this might not be important. But I’m a woman and if I’m carrying one pack every single day in my trip I want it to be a good one. I like to have some style.
5. Backpack features
Here is the list you may want to consider
- front panel loading or top loading
- zippers/ locks
- internal frame
- shoulder or chest strap
- hip belt
Why Carry A Backpack?
I used to be a suitcase traveler. In the past, I brought big suitcases on my business and leisure trips. But I have learned that a backpack is the best thing to bring in any kind of travel. In long term travel you’ll be climbing stairs, temples, mountains, riding buses, trains, ferries, and going to beaches (unless you’re not going to a beach, which I highly doubt!). It is a lot easier to bring a backpack and travel light!
My Backpack and Why I love it
I carry a 60L Gregory Jade which I brought from REI in the US.*
I love it because I’m a size zero, Gregory Jade was the only backpack I found with an XS hipbelt. It fits me perfectly and supports my back well. It also offers both front and top panel loader. It’s quite important especially when I need to pull some stuff from my pack an not having to open on top and pull everything out of the pack.
During my trip to South East Asia, I only really needed a few clothes, and I packed and travel light. I didn’t want to get back pains and headaches carrying a heavy pack. What you see on the top picture was the pack I carried with me for months. It’s a 60L pack but I could have gone with 32-40L. Trust me, no traveler ever gets jealous with a bigger pack!
*I will only recommend products that I personally use in this site. But a lot of travelers have been carrying brands brands like Northface, Deuter, REI or Osprey. Choose whatever is best for you and good luck!