Many travelers do not take care about the types of travel bags that need to carry while traveling. Picking the right backpack is an important part of any trip. Too big, and you’ll have too much extra weight. Too small, and you’ll never fit anything in. Pick the wrong material, and when it rains, your stuff will be soaked. There are so many options out there that it can be very confusing.

The best backpacks have all the following characteristics:-

1. Water resistant material

While your pack does not need to be 100% waterproof, make sure your bag is made out of a semi-waterproof material so everything doesn’t get wet in a drizzle(many packs come with tarps you can put over them in case of a severe downpour)

2. Lockable Zippers

Make sure each compartment has two zippers so you can lock them together. No need to worry if people breaking into you bag and stealing you stuff in bag. I like locking up my bag when I am traveling.

3. Multiple Compartments 

A good bag must to have multiple compartments. This way, you can break up your belongings into smaller sections so it’s easier to access and find the stuff you need.

4. Internal Frame

The majority of backpacks today are internal-frame packs, meaning the support rods and frame are build into the backpack and hidden from view.

5. Padded Hip Belt

Most of the weight you will be carrying around will be pushing down on your hips, so you’ll want a padded belt to make supporting the weight more comfortable.

6. Padded Shoulder Straps

These make carrying your load more comfortable, as the weight of your pack will be pushing downward on your shoulders.

7. Contoured/Padded Back

A lumbar-shaped pack makes carrying it more comfortable, as it helps distributes weight more evenly.

8. Size

Size is depend on how many day are you willing to travel. You can refer below:-

Days of Travelling Capacity Pack (liter) Weight of Empty Pack (lbs.)
1 days 20-50 1,5-4,5
2 - 3 days 50-60 2,5-5
2 - 5 days 60-80 2,5-5 +
More than 5 days 80+ 4 until 6 +

Happy Travel!