Before you go

How to choose a backpack

How to choose a backpack? Finding the right backpack is a challenge. If, like us, you’re going to be travelling with it for years, it needs to be comfortable. You’ll be thankful for it as you traipse around looking for accommodation in the pouring rain, or you trek up mountains.

Other things you need to think about are: if it locks, how it opens, how heavy it is and what extras it comes with. I ideally wanted one with a side zip for easy access, and one that could be locked. But most importantly, I wanted it to be comfortable and this is where my problems arose.

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Posted on February 26, 2012 by Victoria in Before you go, Travel tips 3 Comments

How to pack a backpack for all seasons: our packing list

From all this to a backpack?

From all this to a backpack?

What to pack for our trip was a questions that puzzled me for weeks. It’s tricky enough when you’re going away for a couple of weeks, let alone when you have no fixed time and your journey is likely to traverse all seasons from -30 to 40 degrees. On top of that, I was really keen to keep my backpack light and ideally be able to take it on buses with me or even as hand luggage on flights. I searched everywhere for tips on how to pack a backpack.

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Posted on February 26, 2012 by Victoria in Before you go, Travel tips 12 Comments