Every camping trip always begins with packing up your bags with clothes and other essential stuff you would need while you’re spending the weekend in the wilderness.
Unlike in a brief vacation or business trip, a camping trip calls for the use of tougher and bulkier camping backpacks.
These bags are specially designed to withstand the effects of rough handling and the harsh elements. Plus, you’ll have more space and better security for the things you’ll need to eat, sleep, drink and be clean at camp.
So, if you’re planning to buy a backpack for your camping trip, then take a few minutes to peruse the following tips in selecting camping backpacks.
Before choosing a backpack from the store, you should measure your torso length to match it with the backpack’s size as well as the amount of camp gear plus consumables that you could bring.
Torso length determines the size and type of backpacks you would need although most brands carry bags specifically sized for adult males, adult females, and children.
One way of checking your backpack’s fit is to try it on for size at the store where you can also ask a sales clerk for assistance. Because you can inspect the bags yourself, you can discuss with the store’s personnel the features and benefits of different types and brands of camping backpacks.
However, when buying through an online store, you should measure the length of your torso first from the top of your shoulders down to your lower waist. Then, look for backpacks designed for your gender; women’s backpacks have narrower straps and a lighter, shorter frame.
Next, choose the bulk size of your camping backpacks based on the kind of activity you planned. The base pack weight is measured in liters and the sum of your backpack’s weight plus the weight of all your supplies, excluding consumables, such as food, water, and fuel.
Day trips, such as summer and winter walks, need only 20 to 40 liters of base pack weight plus consumable supplies for a whole day of hiking. A backpack that can hold more than 40 liters and up to 50 liters can carry enough supplies for a couple of days.
Camping backpacks bigger than 50 liters carry enough bulk for longer camping trips or for backpacking through different places. If you plan on carrying a lot of weight, then choose an external frame backpack, which sits higher behind you and provides better ventilation for your back.
However, you must be careful when walking or climbing up a trail with this kind of backpack on you because it affects your balance. You should stick to an internal frame backpack when you’re hiking up mountain trails and camping on higher ground.