Selecting a backpack is very much like picking out a suitcase – the length of your trip will dictate the size of your pack.

But do you need one at all?

Well, if you are going for a one-hour walk you can grab a bottle of water and head on out. If you are going for longer than an hour, it may make sense to throw a couple of bottles into the pack and maybe a snack or two and carry it all on your back.

Larger packs – this one is a 68 liter – are designed for overnight hikes when you may need to pack more food, more water, a sleeping bag, tent and other equipment.

If you are going for half a day, you’ll need more of the above and maybe that first aid kit as well.

And, if you are going for an overnight, you will need to pack a camp stove, extra clothing, extra food, a tent and a sleeping bag.

So the longer the hike, the bigger the pack.

Backpacks used to be sized in cubic inches but manufacturers have switched over to cubic liters in recent years. But comparing packs based on size is probably not a good idea.

Waterproofing, outside pockets, how it fits, adjustability, number of outside loops and inside pockets and water bladder storage are all considerations.

Volunteer Work on the AT!

Smaller bags – this one is a 30 liter – can hold just about everything you will need for a day hike.

And there are literally hundreds of backpacks to choose from.

All depends on how much you want to spend, how far you will be going and how much usage it will see.

Here are some great websites to help you decide:

+ REI advice.

+ Outdoor Gear Exchange.

+ Adventure Junkies.

+ Backpacker Magazine.

+ The Trek.

+ Best Reviews.

=======

DISCLAIMER
Hiking is a dangerous activity. Although the authors and publishers of HIKEWARWICK.COM try to make the information contained on this website as accurate as possible, as well as to point out some of the potential hazards on some of the trails, they disclaim any liability for accident, loss, injury, inconvenience, or any other damage that may be sustained by anyone using the information contained on this website.

Those who use this information, and those who venture into backcountry wilderness, do so at their own risk. You are solely responsible for using your own judgment in interpreting and using this information to safely enjoy your own outdoor and/or local pursuits. Please follow common sense when planning an excursion and take into account your own physical fitness level and hydration needs. HIKEWARWICK.COM can not be held legally responsible while people are engaged in outdoor activities. Hikers should consult local officials, maps and check weather forecasts before venturing outside.

Additionally, local business information was accurate at the time of publication and is updated at intervals convenient to the publishers of HIKEWARWICK.COM. The listing of a business of this site is not an endorsement of that business and is provided for informational purposes only. All patronage of local businesses is done at your own risk and HIKEWARWICK.COM disclaims any liability and assumes no responsibility for such patronage.

All content is the copyrighted property of HIKEWARWICK.COM and cannot be copied or used or altered in any manner without the written permission of the publishers.

Written by admin