There are some common mistakes people do when purchasing their hiking backpack, especially those who are buying their very first one in life. Besides choosing favorite brands that look as if they would be good hiking backpacks, there are other common issues people make when they shop for the right hiking backpack.
Not trying it Out Yourself
This is critical as the hiking backpack needs to be fit with your body shape and feel you comfortable enough to go on a long hike. In case, you don’t try it out and later feel it uncomfortable on the trek; you are only putting yourself in an awkward situation as you can’t carry it anymore and also can’t leave it there.
Choosing a Top-Loading Bag
When most people consider a hiking trip, the first thing that comes to mind is choosing a bag that loads from the top. It would seem logical to keep the items you need the most at the very top so that they are easier to access however the downside to this is that you will have to keep unpacking and repacking your bag to reach the items at the bottom. Instead, opt for a panel-loading backpack and avoid the inconvenience. You should know how to organize a bag from top to bottom.
Selecting Too Large of a Bag
Hiking requires certain items not plenty of items. A common mistake people make when prepping for a hike is taking too much along with them. Large hiking bags are hard on the bag and encourage taking more items than are needed. Stick with a bag that’s 30-50L and no larger. Create a checklist with all the essential items you can’t leave home. To get help on that, read different blogs available online where real trekkers share their experience.
Fasteners Aren’t Reliable
Top loading bags usually don’t shut tight enough to protect the bag’s contents. Be sure to choose a proper hiking bag that as a zippered closure and not a drawstring one. Otherwise, you might lose some precious possessions that can’t be replaced.
How to Avoid Mistakes?
Always choose a panel-bag with a zippered closure that falls between 30-50L (large). A bag this size usually will end at waist length keeping strain off of your back as you travel. Any bigger and even crossing a short distance will feel like an eternity, and no one wants to explore the world in misery. Get a sternum strap which is very useful for day hiking. If you bag doesn’t have one, buy a third party one. Keep it simple, travel light, and you’re hiking trip will be much more enjoyable than if you had chosen the wrong hiking bag.