When choosing the best rucksack for your trip, the sheer choice available can make choosing one a daunting decision. Should you go for one with wheels, or one that opens around the middle? Why is one rucksack more expensive than the other?
To help make the decision-making process easier, take a look at some of the following tips below:
How to Fit a Rucksack
What About Women's Specific Rucksacks?
Generally there are only a few differences between women specific bags and the unisex variety. Women specific rucksacks have differently shaped shoulder straps to accommodate busts, the shoulder straps are a little closer together compared to unisex bags, and in some cases, the hip strap is altered slightly to accommodate women’s hips. These rucksacks are especially good for those with slender, narrow or slumped shoulders. They are also a good option for teenagers or pre-teens that can’t fit into the unisex bags.
However, there isn’t as big a range in the women-specific rucksacks as the unisex selection, and don’t feel that just because you’re a woman you can only choose a woman-specific bag.
Rucksack Features to Choose
First, decide which rucksack features are essential for your trip. Wheels on a bag might be handy, but if you’re spending a month trekking across the Himalayas, you’ll quickly find they are useless on that terrain. If you plan on spending most of your travels in hotels or leaving your bag in your room and doing day trips away somewhere, then wheels will probably be a good option.
Those that plan on spending a long time outdoors should look for a bag with a rain cover and outer space-saving features, like sleeping mat straps and hydration system pockets on the outside of the bag. More importantly however, look for a bag that can withstand the long days trekking, exploring, whatever it is you plan to do.
Finding the Best Rucksack Size
For a simple guide, if you are going on a two-month trip to a hot climate, a bag roughly 40-50L in size is a good, and for trips six months or longer, 65-75L in size is fine. When travelling to colder countries, or if you have a large amount of equipment to take with you, check duffel-style bags.
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