Tricks to make a perfect backpack

Preparing a backpack is an important moment for the traveler: this is a symbol of departure and it will depend heavily on the success of the journey. Here are some tips that experts from Lonely Planet recommend to prepare the best travel backpack: what to wear, how to choose the backpack well, how to distribute the weight, where to buy the most appropriate .

Preparing the backpack is a crucial moment for the traveler: it’s the symbol of departure and it will depend on much of the success of the trip. Here are some tips that the experts of Lonely Planet recommend to prepare the best travel backpack: what to wear, how to choose the backpack well, how to distribute the weight, where to buy the most appropriate.

1.  Bring the essentials > It seems a simple premise but. what is there to really take? You do not have to put anything that can not be bought easily along the way. One of the motivations in the journey is the pause with the customs and the environment, but also with the possessions and therefore the backpack should allow it to be autonomous and also travel light. It all depends on the way each trip: if the program is solid and expected to be able to do a lot of activity, the backpack should be well equipped. If you travel more freely and less planned, you should lighten and improvise along the way. Of course, the contents of the backpack will depend on the place, climate, activity plan, contact level with civilization, etc.

2.  Choose the backpack well > The main thing is the quality: in addition, the weight, shape, and size that will depend on the type of trip, there are basic rules for choosing a backpack. We will carry it continuously in the back and will contain almost everything that one owns, for that reason it has to be demanding. You need to test it, put it on weight, compare it with other need time to get right with the choice.

Before buying it, it is advisable to check the backpack to check that the fabric is resistant at the base and the front and that the inner seams are lined to prevent wear. It is very important the coating resistant to the elements(such as urethane), although this can be solved with a protective cover impermeable. And lastly, you have to check the load with a weight higher than you are expected to carry (about 15 kg).

You should opt, whenever possible, for an economic and ecological backpack. Some clues to save (not forgetting the quality): swap markets and second-hand markets are good reefs for the second-hand material. The discussion groups onCouchSurfing, especially the one of the own population or country, also are an interesting option to recover or to buy second-hand travel material.

3.  Make sure the backpack is comfortable > There are different structures for the parts that come into contact with the comfortable backside: foam, grid, aluminum frame, fiber, etc. The most comfortable is usually the simplest, but the best can still be tried because the changes are in accordance with the morphology. Two important elements of a customized backpack are the size (recommended to choose the size of the backpack depending on the length of the back and not the height) and the harness and belt (the backpack should be adjusted during the toProve test in situations as close to reality). The best is the backpack that has the inside of the contact with the back of an unadjustable size. Some backpacks are specially adapted to the feminine morphology, which optimizes the adjustment: more binding straps and adjusted to the upper part of the feminine body,

4.  Adapt the size of the backpack to our type of trip > The size of a backpack is expressed in liters. Sometimes the backpacks are extensible and can be deployed if necessary. The side pockets are practical for frequent use, but the backpack is more cumbersome, especially if you are in a tight place or if you have to store it often, such as when hitchhiking. The solution is a backpack with pockets that can be folded flat under the compression straps.From a more physiological point of view, the total weight of the backpack should not exceed 15-20% of the weight itself, ie12 kg maximum if one weighs 60 kg.

5.  Security and Discretion > In general, it is advisable to carry a conscious and silent backpack, which does not attract much attention. The orange neon backpack will only attract people’s attention. In a poor country, people will soon be classified as tourists and therefore more vulnerable to robbery. Better be careful and this also applies to gadgets that are sold to backpacks and are often useless: giving the illusion of innovation, just making the backpack heavier and breakable.

It is advisable to choose a backpack equipped with a secret bag (a soft compartment on the part that comes into contact with the back or with the hips, the bottom of the fabric on the inside, to pass through the cover, etc.). This bag may be useful to hide money, paper or other items.

6.  How to “backpack” > It is important to distribute the weight well inside the backpack so that it is well balanced, thus reducing the sensation of weight and not obstructing the movement. The rule is to place the heavy objects near the center of gravity itself, stay right that is, at the level of the navel.

In addition to weight distribution, do not forget that the functional aspect of organizing the backpack is paramount. What are the objects that one is going to use first? In the case of rain, can the necessary material be accessed? Finally, make sure that the backpack is well balanced. To check it, you have to stand it in front of one: stay right.

Here’show to better distribute weight in a backpack: In the lower part of the backpack, you put the light material and the one you want to access easily if you have an opening from below (sleeping bag, a pair of shoes).

In the middle (back area), heavier objects such as water, food, or the tent a replaced.

7.   How to distribute content > In order to gain space and time, you have to think about organizing the load in bags. Small sachets will be very practical, especially if they are provided with closure cords (such as sleeping bag covers). It is about distributing objects in bags following logical categories: clothes, warm clothing, underwear, pharmacy, food, miscellaneous objects, etc. So everything is organized and easy to take it out and put it back in the backpack. It is also a good way to keep things clean and protected from moisture the bags are waterproof.

At the top and front, intermediate or bulky objects will be placed.

On top of the backpack and side pockets, the material of the day it is placed.

8.  Maintenance of the backpack > The first rule is to protect the rucksack from wear and tear, by first of all not leaving it anywhere. For the same reason, the waterproof protective cover usually provided with the backpack must be used as much as possible. If it is necessary to change it, it costs very little, much less than the price of a backpack.

One has to think about cleaning the backpack from time to time since the granites of sand accumulated in the fibers of the fabric could get to make microscopic cuts that over time weaken and tear the fabric. Just use water and soap and rub with a soft bristle brush. Washes that can weaken the fibers and affect the impermeability of the fabric should be avoided. Once the backpack is clean and dry, it can be re-waterproofed by an appropriate spray.

9.   Backpack accessories > The shoulder bag, bag-belt, waistband document holder can be very practical complements.

The shoulder bag, simple and light, will serve to keep what you need during the day, such as a book, a booklet, a bag with gifts, some food, a notebook, pens, etc. The bag-belt is perfect for carrying your wallet, passport, maps and things of value; Like the waistband or document bag, smaller than the waistband and extra-flat(like a rather thick belt). There are also other models such as bags attached directly to the belt of the pants with rings or the hip bag, much like the waistband.

10.  The contents of the backpack > The backpack is as important as your organization. The content will depend on the way you travel and vice versa. Among the important elements, we highlighted three: footwear, computer equipment, and folding bags.

It is advisable to choose versatile footwear for travel, such as the trail model, which is used for cross country races and as a complement, it is advisable to wear flip flops for warm countries or closed shoes for others. climate

Another increasingly important element is computer equipment: in addition to our gadgets, it’s good to carry USB memory, for photo storage and personal information. The third basic element is a folded gift bag so the traveler can fill up with small purchases.