Picking a Proper Day-pack for Everyday Use
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Picking a Proper Day-pack for Everyday Use

A convenient list of must have features to aid in picking a proper backpack for adventures

I would like tol discuss the basics of a good universal backpack.

Some people have a different backpack for every occasion, which is very nice if you have the money and the space. However I would rather spend good money on a few packs with essential elements and creature comforts.

The perfect backpack for everyday use or even weekend trips needs the following:

-30 liter capacity

-Multiple front hooks for attaching extra things via carabiner

-Adjustable/ stretchable side pockets to hold water containers

- Sternum strap, if you can get a whistle attached to the strap that is a definite bonus. Sternum straps are one of the most important things that you can get one a backpack. They will make your load a lot more comfortable and it will feel like you are carrying a bag full of air.


-Top loading main compartment: must have a padded (insulated) sleeve, for water reservoir or laptop.

-Front pockets to help separate things that you will use more often.

-Quick access top compartment. These are great for the things that you need most; wallet, phone, energy bar, camera or other necessaries.

-Within the quick access compartment it is very nice to have a key clip to help keep your keys from falling out when you are on the go.

-Inner mesh pocket to separate things like deodorant and extra socks.

-Ripstop material; so that little tears don't ruin the whole bag. Also small tears are easily mended with a needle and a little dental floss.

-Contour padding on the back and the hip-belt.

-Compression straps on all sides. These allow for a more tailored fit and feel no matter the type or size of load.

-Water/ weather resistant. When choosing a bag be sure to weigh the elemental stress in with the features that you seek. It is definitely worth spending a little extra money for a bag with weatherproof zippers, zipper flaps and tough waterproof panel materials.

It may help to print this list out and take it to your local outdoor store, or safe it and use it when shopping online, when considering a backpack.

I hope that it proves useful.

Keep Trekking!

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