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THE TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO A BACKPACK

Aug 26, 2008
Are you smitten by wanderlust, by the incredible need to see the ancient and new wonders of the world? Do you enjoy short excursions into the serenity and lush surrounds of the country? Are you a frequent traveler traversing to all corners and cultures of the earth? If so, getting a backpack may be the ideal solution for your packing needs, whether you're trekking through the snowy Himalayan peaks near Katmandu or are on a camel safari in the Sahara Desert. Having said this, do make your purchase only after due consideration to its purpose and the climate it is likely to be used in. These factors will to a largely influence the material, the size, design and other specifications of your backpack. There are many brands to choose from and each comes with an accompanying price tag so take your time and explore all available options.

If hiking is your style, then go for a backpack, that can store all your hiking treks. Make sure that the backpack can protect your gear in adverse environment conditions. Most hiking backpacks come with a top closing flap that prevents water from dripping inside while hiking in rainy conditions. An ideal backpack will feature an extendable top portion, so that you can increase the amount of gear and equipment to carry along. A backpack should have more than one compartment so that you can keep items separately.Lastly, make sure that the backpack has straps to carry along a sleeping bag.

Travel backpacks are available if you're doing a lot of traveling and like to carry your items with you in one smooth packing device. Look for a backpack that has a pack that can be removed for you to take along on smaller excursions during your travel plans so that you don't have to take along the entire pack. When you're packing a travel backpack you'll be storing your items as though you were using a suitcase however, the end result is the functionality of a backpack.

A day backpack is great for those smaller trips that you're taking since you'll still have all the benefits of a larger backpack. Make sure that the straps are adjustable so that you can make adjustments depending on the amount of items you're taking with you. Although not necessary it's nice to have several compartments for separating your gear.

Backpack prices vary a lot; the larger the size the more you end up paying. You can choose from different brand names with steep prices. Well, it doesn't matter much who the manufacturer is, it's the guarantee that counts. Ideally both the material and the way the pack is built should be under a warranty. Shop and surf till the time you get one with such service and facility.
About the Author
Rudy Faruch runs the Love Backpack, web site that focuses on a range of resources about backpacking. For more details, go to: http://www.lovebackpack.com
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