Tips for buying the ideal travel backpack


Some time ago I was traveling through Denmark and I came across this guy that you see in the following image.

I was petrified to see how I carried my backpack. With such an arrangement - no belt, maximum weight on top and other crazy things - anyone ventures to take long walks. You end up suffering so much in your backpacking trips that the next getaway you petrify yourself in a resort and rest.

A backpack must be designed and mounted to be our travel companion and not an enemy of the cervical.

With the weight provision that this boy carries in his backpack, instead of discovering the world from one place to another avoiding taxis and without back pain, one has just stayed from hostel to hostel, or rather, from door to door because it is Impossible to lift that weight on your back and keep it for a long time.

Example of misuse of a backpack

A good backpack organization It is essential as well as the choice at the time of purchase.

Today technology has evolved a lot in the world of backpacks. In any case, prices skyrocket in many models and it is not precisely because of fundamental elements but often irrelevant accessories.

Weight distribution in the backpack

The first thing we have to think about when choosing the best backpack is in the weight distribution.

A backpack must be designed to carry the weight on the legs and not on the back.

This is a fundamental concept when buying your backpack. So, even if it seems a lie, the most important element when choosing your backpack is going to be the belt. And in that we find disparate results in all known brands.

The price difference is based on other characteristics that are not so important after all. However, both Low Alpine, Millet, Deuter, North Face, Berghaus and the majority of the market brand take this aspect into account.

Why is the belt so important?

Well, with it we will transmit most of the weight to the waist and legs. In this way we will avoid the load on the back, spine and cervical.

In order for the belt to exercise this task, it must embrace the sides of your waist correctly.

Make sure that the belt does not come too big or small and check that its design does not let the backpack slide down because of the weight.

Observe: 100% on the hips, 0% on the shoulders

I found this photograph on the MadTeam mountaineering page where you can also find more criteria to choose the ideal backpack.

In the picture you can see how an individual calmly carries 15 kilos in the backpack perfectly balancing all the weight on the hips with 0 weight on the back. Notice that the subject is not wearing the shoulder pads, nor does he need to!

When you are in the store do not cut yourself. You must be aware that you are going to make an important future investment for your back and pocket. Grab some climbing ropes, a couple of bags and try before you buy.

What backpack size should I choose?

Check that the belt fits your waist, that the shoulder pads do not exceed your back. Do not buy one that suits you.

Avoid buying backpacks with an exaggerated number of liters. Even to go around the world for a year with a 60 liter backpack you have enough.

The more liters, the more voluminous the backpack will be once loaded and the weight will be distributed in an unbalanced way.

The frame

They are those bars that cover the backpack inside. They are used to being made of steel and their main task is to transport the weight of the backpack to the belt.

In most modern backpacks they are covered by the fabric but you can notice their presence throughout the backpack. Make sure that the racks are very rigid.

Shoulder pads

Finding comfort on your shoulder is something that will suit tastes and in proportion to your complexion. Personally I prefer that they are wide and that they transpire.

In any case, however comfortable they are, they think that the weight should be distributed to the legs and not to the back, therefore the shoulder pads are not one of the main reasons for choosing the ideal backpack.


Having many side pockets and in the peripheral areas of the backpack (both above and below) may, from good to first, seem like a good idea to help you organize your travel items.

However, think that everything you put in those pockets will end up deforming the vertical structure of the backpack and you will lose weight control.

For a good balance, think that it is better to conceive a vertical structure in your backpack to correctly transmit the weight axis on the hips and thighs.

The recharged side or upper pockets will cause a more horizontal or asymmetric structure affecting the load axis.

Here are some recommended backpacks. However, I advise you to try them before to be sure that it is your ideal backpack:Lowe Alpine 65-85Deuter 35 + 10 WomenBerghaus 50Millet 55 + 10-208.16 EURfrom 178.40 EUR99.52 EURfrom 248.72 EURBuy at AmazonBuy at AmazonBuy at AmazonBuy at AmazonLowe Alpine 65-85208,16 EURBuy AmazonDeuter 35 + 10 Woman-from 178.40 EURBuy AmazonBerghaus 5099.52 EURBuy at AmazonMillet 55 + 10from 248.72 EURBuy Amazon


A well-cooled back is sometimes a great success at the time of purchase, especially if you are going to make mountains in hot places. Look at the interiors and look for materials with open spaces to improve ventilation.


These will allow you to adjust the weight more if you are underloaded. Learn to use them. I have a 70-liter backpack that I usually take on a trip with low-cost airlines such as hand luggage. The secret? Use the tapes well to compress the structure of the backpack.

Where is it better to carry the weight in the backpack?

Without a doubt, one of the most frequently asked questions among mountaineers.

The weight has to be distributed around our axis. Therefore, it will not be at the top or as many think at the bottom. It also has to be very fixed so that it does not unbalance us according to the activity we are doing.

I have traveled and kicked for days with 25 kilos in my backpack without problems and carrying all the weight on my legs and nothing on my back.

For long trips the ideal is to travel with a backpack of a maximum of 60 liters. With that you have more than enough to make a one-year trip or the time it takes. The question is not to get a cottage Where to take things, the question is to live without missing anything. With those liters you have more than enough to carry about 12 or 14 kilos of maximum.

Also keep an eye on using a 40-liter backpack thinking it is 70 or vice versa: The results will not be the same and we will not be able to master the load balance in it.

One last tip

It is very useful to take a small bag of about 15 liters on your trips to make daily escapes with water, cookies and the guide while we leave our main backpack in the place where we stayed.