Your First Hiking Backpack

If you’re going hiking, having backpack is the most essential item that you need to carry with you, even for the most casual of hikers. Whether you choose to walk on a well used trail that is known for hikers, on a planned trip with a group or a guide, or are taking a more serious hike for many miles, a good hiking backpack is an absolute must have. All backpacks are different as you have a multitude of choices that face you when you go into a store. Salespeople are very good at making things sound tempting or even confusing, so it may not sound so easy to choose a backpack. By doing some research and with some preparation as to what you are looking for, you should have a fair idea when you shop as to what you need. Focus on what you really need and what would be handier and easier for you for your trip.

There are many styles of backpacks available which come in a variety of sizes. Depending on the type of hike you are going on, will determine what would be the most useful backpack to have. By doing your research, you will have considered what things you need before deciding to buy a hiking backpack. If you are planning to just walk during the daylight hours, your bag will just need to be big enough to carry some food and drink for the walking trail; for those unexpected accidents a small first aid kit comes in handy; for warm weather some sunscreen and insecticide, and other necessities that you may need. For hiking overnight, you will need to bring extra items with you, so a different type of backpack will be needed altogether.

What is most important when choosing a backpack, is one that is comfortable to carry and easy enough for you to carry. You want to avoid aching shoulders and a sore back, straps that will rub and cause blisters, which will make you feel uneasy, anything too heavy, or a bag will not fit all your necessities. Having to leave something behind which you might find useful later would not be good.

The cost of hiking backpacks vary from as little as $20 to as much as $400, which is dramatic. If you are a beginner at hiking then as a casual hiker, a backpack that is not so expensive would be more ideal. It is early days for you to know whether you will become a regular hiker or not – as some people find that it doesn’t suit them after all. Once you become more of an enthusiast, you can think of investing in a backpack that will accommodate all your essentials for a longer hike.

When hiking, you will be doing a lot of climbing so you need to consider something that is lightweight for you to manage those steeper climbs. Having lots of different compartments for all the little items is handy and you will find backpacks to suit both genders. Men and women are different so we all like to carry different items that we consider are needed. The construction of backpacks are usually designed for the varying builds of men and women as their centre of gravity differs. They need to be good to keep a hiker balanced. Women need shoulder straps that are more curved and comfortable, a shorter torso and a hip belt that is more contoured for their figure.

The ideal size for a backpack to accommodate gear should be approximately 4,000 cubic inches which should be ample enough. By choosing the ideal model that is also light and versatile, it should suit any hiker regardless of gender and size; and for hikes of varying durations and the degree of difficulty. By doing your research and planning ahead, it should be easier to make a decision when you walk into a store and see all the arrays of backpacks, the various sizes and styles, and understand what the sales people are trying to sell you. Make the right choice for yourself.

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