A Guide to Choosing the Best Travel Backpack


How to Pick a Travel Backpack

There are many things to consider when choosing a travel backpack. Some of these include:

  • What size should I choose?
  • How do I make sure my pack is comfortable, safe and secure on my back?
  • How will it hold up in various weather conditions?
  • What fabric should I choose so that it’s durable, waterproof and resistant to tears or abrasions?

The answers to these questions will help guide you through the process of selecting the right backpack for your adventure.


Now that you know how to measure your torso length, waist, hips and shoulders (you’ll need a friend for this), it’s time to see how those measurements stack up against the backpack you’re considering.

You should decide which size pack is best for your body type before purchasing one. If a backpack is too small for your torso length or too big for your waist, then it will be uncomfortable when worn. Your body needs to have room inside the bag so that it can move freely without being constricted by straps or uneven weight distribution.

  • Check out the manufacturer’s website or do some research online using Google search terms like “the ideal length of my waist” or “minimum height of my hips” etc., and make sure the measurement falls within what they recommend! It doesn’t matter how good looking a product might be if it doesn’t fit right!

Suspension System

An internal suspension system is one that is built into the frame of the backpack and can’t be removed or adjusted. External suspension systems are removable, and tend to be made out of metal or plastic. They are cheaper but not as durable as internal ones.

Internal vs External Suspension Systems

The most important feature you will want to look at when choosing your backpack is its suspension system, which can make all the difference when it comes to comfort while carrying a heavy load (more on this later). The two main types are internal and external suspensions systems; an internal suspension system goes right into the frame of your backpack, while an external one sits outside of it and attaches via straps to your shoulders via some sort of load lifter system. In general, I would recommend going with an internal suspension system for its durability and ability to mold itself around different shaped items—but keep in mind that these will cost more money upfront than their externally suspended counterparts!

Fabric and Durability

It’s important to consider the fabric of your backpack. In fact, it may be one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a travel backpack. The material that your bag is made out of will impact its durability and weight, as well as its comfort and price.

Fabric can be broken down into two categories: synthetic and natural (or “organic”). Both types have their pros and cons, so we’ll examine both below.

Locking System

One of the best ways to keep your gear safe, secure and hidden is by using a locking system. A locking system can be anything from small zippers, straps or pockets within your backpack that you can lock shut. There are many different types of locks out there, so make sure that whatever one you choose has a keyhole in it so that no thief will be able to break open the lock!

Compression Straps: These straps not only help keep things secure and tight in place when traveling but they also help compress the items inside of your pack. This makes it easier for travel backpacks because there will be less stuff shifting around inside them which means less wear on other parts like zippers etcetera…

Locking Internal Pockets: If there are any internal pockets inside your backpack then these should also have some sort of mechanism built into them that allows them to remain locked at all times while on tour abroad. Make sure that this feature is designed into these pockets before buying one though because some manufacturers skip out on this feature entirely which means if something goes missing during transit time then there’s nothing stopping someone else from reaching right through those gaps between materials just pulling right out their handbag or wallet!

Pockets and Compartments

In addition to the main compartment, you’ll want to consider how many additional pockets and compartments are necessary. This will depend on your personal preferences and packing style, but it’s recommended that you have at least two external pockets for quick access to smaller items like your phone or wallet. The most common internal organization systems include a large compartment for clothes, a small-to-medium sized secondary compartment for socks and underwear, an extension collar for shoes/boots, side pockets for water bottles or electronics (like smartphones), bottom straps for dirty laundry bags or wet bathing suits/towels, mesh venting panels (for breathability) and clip loops (to attach things like keys).

The more accessible compartments there are from all sides of the bag at once will make unpacking easier when it comes time to do so; however this may come at the cost of additional weight being added as well!

Extra Features

Extra Features

Extra features are those that make your travel backpack more comfortable and functional. While some of these features may be included with your pack, it’s important to know what they are and how they might benefit you.

  • Compression straps are found on the exterior of a bag or backpack and can help compress your gear inside the main compartment. This is helpful for keeping things organized when you have lots of gear packed in one place, as well as reducing volume so that your bag doesn’t take up too much space in an overhead compartment or underseat bin on an airplane.
  • A water bottle holder is a pocket located near the top opening of most backpacks where you can store a water bottle when not using it. It’s typically located at the top for convenience because this way if there’s no room left inside the bag (from other items), then placing something like a water bottle outside could be useful for storing small items instead because chances are good that someone will want access anyway! Considerations: Does this feature make sense given what else I’ve already got going on? Is it worth adding onto my purchase price just so I don’t have to deal with carrying things separately later?”

Having the right bag for your travels is an important step for making it easier to travel with less worry about your belongings.

In order to make it easier for you to travel with your belongings, you need to have the right bag. There are several things that you should look for in a backpack. These include:

  • Comfort: Your bag should be comfortable enough for you to wear for long periods of time. The straps should not dig into your shoulders and the material should not chafe against your skin. If possible, try out different bags before buying one so that you can see which ones fit best on your body type.
  • Durability: You will be carrying this bag with everything from toiletries and clothes, to electronics and food items when traveling; therefore it is important that the backpacks have reinforced stitching throughout their construction so as not break easily under pressure from heavy objects inside them (or even just being placed on hard surfaces like concrete floors at airports). Also important is having zippers made out of metal because plastic ones will break over time due to constant use/abuse (and sometimes even during one trip if they’re old enough).
  • Pockets: A good number of pockets helps organize all those little items like passports or wallets while also keeping larger ones separate from smaller ones such as smartphones so they don’t get damaged during transit through airports or other busy areas where crowds may bump into each other regularly throughout their day-to-day routine.”


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