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How to Select the Right Backpack

You're going to have to do some research to select the right backpack for you.
You're going to have to do some research to select the right backpack for you.
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Camping and hiking can be uncomfortable pursuits. You're sleeping on the ground, doing your business outside and exposed to the elements. Throw in the wrong backpack and your trip suddenly becomes the outdoor equivalent of flying coach on a discount airline. Yeah, you'll probably get where you're going, but it won't be much fun.

Odds are, you aren't named Dora so you can't unleash your inner explorer with a magic backpack filled with everything you might need while out on the trail. You're going to have to do some research and select the right backpack for you. Demasiado malo para ti!

When you're looking for the right backpack for hiking and camping, you need to think like a snail. No, that doesn't mean oozing slime over everything you touch. That means remembering that while you're on the trail or out in the backcountry, your backpack is essentially your house. It needs to be able to carry everything you'll need on your trip. And you need to be able to carry it comfortably over long distances.

While carrying the wrong backpack sucks, choosing the right backpack isn't so bad. You just need to take into account how you'll be using it (to carry stuff on your back, duh). What kind of trips will you be taking? How long will you be on the trail? What gear will you need it to carry? You'll also need to make sure that the backpack fits you. You've got choices when it comes to selecting a backpack. You're stuck with the body you've got, so keep trying different backpacks until you find one that fits well. You'll also want a backpack that can be customized to your needs and that can withstand the weather conditions where you'll be hiking or camping.

So right there, you've got a lot riding on your shoulders, but get the right backpack and you'll be able to distribute the weight more comfortably. Unfortunately, not even the best backpack can save you from terrible metaphors like that one.