Choosing the Right Hiking Backpack
When a person is getting ready to go on a hiking or
backpacking trip, he must make sure that he has the correct
backpack for the trip to ensure comfort and also be able to fit
all the supplies needed for that particular trip. In addition,
if a person needs to go through any types of water then there
are also different levels of waterproof hiking backpacks for
the appropriate levels of waterproofing, from water resistance
to complete water proofed ability.
If a person is going on a day hike and does not need to
carry much more than a small meal and a couple of water bottles
then a great choice in a hiking pack is a waist or hip pack.
These packs do not have shoulder straps but instead sit
directly on the hips and are fastened with the waist belt. The
packs usually have some smaller pockets also for keys and
wallets or bug repellant, and will have water bottle holders in
most cases as well. The volume of these packs is up to ten
liters, which is about the maximum without shoulder straps.
Another alternative type of hiking backpack is a hydration
pack which serves to hold some small items and also a bladder
of drinking water. This can hold up to ten liters as well and
are specially made so that a drinking tube is fed through the
shoulder or top of the backpack so that it is easily accessible
to the hiker during the walk. This is a nice type of small pack
too for hikers who go with their dogs into areas where water is
not available for the dog to drink. They can squirt the water
into the dog's mouth without touching it so the dog can drink
while still having plenty of clean water for themselves.
A traditional lightweight hiking backpack that can carry
more than a hip pack, usually between fifteen to thirty-five
liters, is used for day hikes that are a little more extensive
and require more materials to be brought along for the trip.
These packs have shoulder straps as well as the hip belt so
that the hiking backpack is held firmly into place and
supported by the hips so that the back is not harmed.
A midsized hiking backpack is one that holds up to seventy
liters and usually has multiple pockets and side straps and
strap-on places for supplies. This type of hiking backpack is
usually used when going on an overnight camping trip, or a
lightweight style camping trip of a couple of days. It is also
a great day hiking backpack, but often is more space than a
typical day hiker needs unless they bring equipment along with
them, such as cameras, laptops or books for study and