Backpack for a Cause

By: Rudy Faruch

Are you smitten by wanderlust, by the incredible need to see the ancient and new wonders of the world? Do you enjoy short excursions into the serenity and lush surrounds of the country? Are you a frequent traveler traversing to all corners and cultures of the earth? If so, getting a backpack may be the ideal solution for your packing needs, whether you’re trekking through the snowy Himalayan peaks near Katmandu or are on a camel safari in the Sahara Desert. Having said this, do make your purchase only after due consideration to its purpose and the climate it is likely to be used in. These factors will to a largely influence the material, the size, design and other specifications of your backpack. There are many brands to choose from and each comes with an accompanying price tag so take your time and explore all available options.

If hiking is your style, then go for a backpack, that can store all your hiking treks. Make sure that the backpack can protect your gear in adverse environment conditions. Most hiking backpacks come with a top closing flap that prevents water from dripping inside while hiking in rainy conditions. An ideal backpack will feature an extendable top portion, so that you can increase the amount of gear and equipment to carry along. A backpack should have more than one compartment so that you can keep items separately.Lastly, make sure that the backpack has straps to carry along a sleeping bag.

Even if you are not a hiker, travel backpacks provide a wonderfully sleek, compact and efficient way to encase belongings in a single pack and are especially useful for frequent travelers. These backpacks are specifically designed keeping in mind such factors as accessibility to the luggage inside, wrinkle free storage of clothes and separate compartments for toiletries, thus combining the advantages of suitcase travel with the ease and functionality of a backpack. There is the added advantage that they are equipped with detachable smaller packs that can be removed for use in the shorter excursions in your travels.

Day backpack is ideal for smaller trips with all the benefits of a larger backpack. The straps should be adjustable so that you can make changes depending on the items you want to carry along. It's not necessary to have different compartments for your gear, but if you do have the option then it's a boon.

You will pay varying prices on any backpack that you buy. Of course, the larger the backpack, the higher the price will be. You’ll be able to choose from many brand names, some that are well known and have high prices. It doesn’t matter where you buy your backpack so long as the manufacturer offers you a guarantee on both the materials and the way the pack is built. If there is no guarantee or warranty with the backpack, shop around until you find a pack that includes this service.

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