Regardless of how you are traveling, whether on a bike, airplane or on foot, you want all of your carry essentials to get there safe and sound just like you expect to. Our methods of accomplishing that have changed over the centuries from all types of boxes to luggage to a current trend in hiking backpacks. We're not talking about a kid's book bag style, we are referring to an actual hiking backpack that can withstand weight and has comfortable carry features for the load you need to carry. Different modes of travel require different types and sizes of backpacks. Let's break it down to which one would work for your needs.
Hiking Day Pack
The name of this outdoor backpack may make you think you need to go off on a 3 day hike for using a pack like this. Not true. Many people are opting to use daypacks for air travel, bicycling, and on cruise ships. Day tourists, factory workers, folks that work in the field for their job, all find that a backpack is more comfortable to carry than a heavy purse, diaper bag, lunch bag or briefcase. Valuables and necessities such as water, snacks, cameras and sunscreen are easily transported making sporting events, sightseeing, and picnics more pleasurable and less of a burden to bring along the things you need. Most daypacks accommodate your essentials in the form of a main large pocket with dividers and additional separate pockets to categorize items for quick finding. There may be exterior straps and pockets for carrying water bottles or cell phones. More active people are finding that a day pack is a lighter alternative to carry-on luggage for air travel and a more organized method of carrying an extra jacket plus their belongings on any type of day outing.
Larger Hiking Backpacks
Outdoor backpacks that are 45 Liters and larger can house your daily needs and clothing with individual organizer pockets completely negating the need for heavy luggage. This type of hiking bag can be used for multi-day trips in the wilderness, but can just as easily be used for mall shopping trips, touring large cities and camping. Whatever occasion calls for carrying more stuff than you might need in a day, you will want a larger pack. The longer you will be away, extra clothing items are needed for changes in weather temperature and more food is needed. Most large hiking packs have compressions straps so that you can cinch them down to compact your load tighter which makes for a more comfortable carry.
Tactical Backpack Simply Means Better Organization
Your EDC (every day carry) items are determined by you, your lifestyle, your job, or your mission. A tactical backpack bag is simply one that has multiple pockets, storage and compartments for hydration, food, clothing and gear. These outdoor backpacks are made to withstand the elements and the terrain with tough materials that are water resistant. Those choosing to use a tactical bag are long-distance hikers, law enforcement, hunters, military deployment or high-activity ventures. These bags are specifically designed to provide comprehensive and modular storage (otherwise known as MOLLE) support. You don't have to be military or law enforcement to see the uses for a tactical backpack. Anyone desiring great options for storage and ready availability of their carry items will find this type of bag extremely useful for carrying everyday gear such as laptops, tablets, concealed carry and water bladders for hydration.
You may want to rethink how you carry things now, whether it's your gym clothes, work items or the endless things that children require you to bring along, even when you are not hiking. Durable backpacks made of quality materials will outlast any college book bag, diaper bag or suitcase. When you are hiking, you know you want something that will not break a strap, a zipper or soak your belongings with a pop-up rain shower. Hiking backpacks have tons of uses, so why not think outside the box and do your back a favor at the same time. Happy Hiking....or just Happy travel!