As much as I love hiking, I am more aware than ever how the non-hiking world has embraced the multiple uses of an outdoor backpack. You may have noticed yourself that people are carrying them more frequently for various reasons. We are not talking about the students who use a backpack as a book bag, we are referring to the sturdier and better quality internal frame backpack that seems to be trending right now.
But I Don't Hike
What possible use could you have for a hiking backpack if you haven’t taken up that awesome sport as of yet? I was recently at the hospital while my husband had a procedure. I had plenty of time to people watch and was amazed by how many medical professionals, family members and hospital staff were wearing backpacks. All sizes, colors and styles were represented. It should not have surprised me when I think of how awesome it is to carry all of your “stuff” in one place where you have easy access and organization of said “stuff.” It suddenly made total sense.
How About Saving Your Back?
Why should backpack hikers be exclusive to the multi-function capabilities of a nice strong rucksack? If you make the mistake of buying a cheap backpack from a department store, you will be very disappointed before long when you attempt to carry your belongings and seams are ripping, zippers malfunction and worse yet, a strap breaks because those types of backpacks are not meant to carry much more than a lunch bag, maybe a book or two and a few personal items. Hiking bags are meant to withstand the elements without getting totally soggy inside and out. They are made with dense materials to support the weight of your essentials. They have substantial quality seam threading, zippers and water repellents for times when you use your backpack outdoors. In short, they are made that way for use as an outdoor backpack, but is all that quality a waste if you don’t? Not hardly.
Day Pack Backpacks Fit The Bill
Obviously, you don’t need a 70 liter external frame backpack to carry your daily necessities, it would be way too big and not suit the purpose of just transporting a medium-weight load. It’s not meant for climbing mountains or thru-hiking on a daily basis. It may seem overwhelming to you to try and figure out what size and type would be just right. That’s where a sturdy little day pack comes in. Maybe initially you will use it for carrying a laptop, gym clothes, extra change of clothing and some personal items (yes adults have sleepovers too). If you decide you want to start hiking for fitness or fun, a day trip pack backpack would be your first purchase anyway since it is useful for food, water bottles, camera, binoculars and a light jacket. Day hiking bags are used on a daily basis by thousands of non-hikers. Even mothers are discovering the vast usefulness of a daypack as a diaper bag which is so much easier to carry, leaving both hands free and has lots of organization and storage compartments.
Examples of Non-Hikers Who Use Hiking Backpacks
- Healthcare workers, including home health aides, hospice workers and hospital staff
- Office Workers both in the office and in the field
- Travelers, both airline workers and travelling tourists plus photographers
- Any female who carries a large purse, briefcase or tote, any male who doesn’t want to carry a purse, man bag or briefcase.
- Beachgoers and sightseeing tourists
- Power shoppers
- Sports participants and their fans in the bleachers
- This list could be endless
The best answer to the question of who could benefit from carrying a small backpack is literally anyone. Unnecessary strain and discomfort can happen from improperly carrying things every day like heavy purses, book bags and totes. Save your back, your hips and your mind. Your often-used items that you need ready access to without rummaging through a deep bag can be organized for easy retrieval in a day backpack, even for non-hikers. Hikers already know how advantageous they are. When will you give it a try?