Getting a right backpack is an important thing for any trip.If you buy too big then you land up carrying extra weight, too small won’t help you fit anything inside. Similarly if you choose wrong material the your stuffs can get wet in rain.

I spent very little time in buying my first backpack but thankfully my bag has been going with me for last 4 years. I will be looking to switch soon into a more branded thing such as the one used for hiking. The best bags are ones that last long.

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Based on my backpacking experience and reading about it for the last few years, I am putting some key things to consider while buying a pack:

Water Resistant Material

Though we may not get 100%  waterproof backpack but try to get something that is semi-waterproof so that your things inside the bag doesn’t get when it drizzles. Get a pack that is thick but lightweight.

Multiple compartments

It’s important to pick a backpack that has multiple compartments. This helps you break up your belongings into smaller sections. This way it’s easier and saves time to find the stuff you need quickly rather than having to dig around your bag.

Lockable Zips

Most thefts during a travel happens by opportunity, which means that if you give people the opportunity to steal from you there is a much greater chance of them doing so. A lock on a backpack does not prevent theft but it does deter it. So make sure each compartment has two zippers so you can lock them together.

Internal Frame

Make sure you buy a backpack with an internal frame. It not only looks better, but the rods won’t get caught on anything and your bag will also be slimmer, making easier to moving around . Additionally, internal-framed packs tend to be lighter as the frame is composed of a carbon fiber or tough plastic making them easier on your back as well as more durable.

Padded shoulder and Hip straps

Having a thick padding in your shoulder straps helps carry your load more comfortably. The pads also puts less pressure on your shoulders and also help take pressure off your lower back. Similarly, much of the weight will be sitting on your hips, so make sure the hip belt is padded, comfortable and adjustable. This will help distribute the weight properly between your back and hips.

Backpack size

Weight of the pack is important but I would argue that comfort is more important. Anyway, 50-80 liters is the most popular size but if you can get away with a smaller backpack, do it!  Having said  that remember not to have a completely filled full backpack when you step out for your trip.

Recommended Backpack Brands

Please note these are just my recommendation and suggestion. If you find anything better or more interesting then go for it. Some of these are based on the reviews I have read and found it helpful.

Brand Description Price
Gleam 2209 Mountain Rucksack/Hiking/trekking bag/ Backpack 75 Ltrs Royal Blue & Grey with Rain Cover

Zippered Space On Hood and Rain cover

Adjustable Waist Belt

Both Side Mesh Pockets

External and Internal Zipped Pockets in Hood

Spacious, Lightweight and Durable

INR 1999
Mount Track 9303 Foldable Waterproof Travel, Hiking Backpack Rucksack

Foldable- Converts into a small pouch

Compact, Lightweight, Ideal for daily/sporty/Multi-purpose Use

High quality, durable nylon

Waterproof, 3Pocket & 2Bottle Pocket

2 Year Warranty

INR 799
Mount Track 9303 Foldable Waterproof Travel, Hiking Backpack Rucksack

Foldable- Converts into a small pouch

Compact, Lightweight, Ideal for daily/sporty/Multi-purpose Use

High quality, durable nylon

Waterproof, 3Pocket & 2Bottle Pocket

2 Year Warranty

INR 849
Wildcraft Rock and Ice Camo Brown 40 Ltrs Brown Rucksack (8903338019725)

Outer Material: Polyster, Color: Brown

Weight: 1010 grams, Dimensions: 7 inches X 11 inches X 28 inches (LxWxH)

Adjustable shoulder and sternum straps

Daisy chain and one Ice Axe loop on the front

Padded shoulders, waist and back for added comfort

INR 2700
REI Backpack Internationally used by many backpackers and recommended if you can get one. Price Ranges from $100 to $300
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