Additional Storage for Gear Inside and Out.
The features you should look for in a backpack depend largely on your personal hiking habits. At the most basic level, you can use a simplified package with almost zero functionality. However, if you can find a backpack that suits your style and activities, you can make your trip easier. Here are some of the more important backpack features and why/when might be needed. Keep in mind that the extra features come at the expense of the extra overall pack weight.
Sleeping Bag Compartment – At the end of the difficult day of hiking, simply open the zipper and pull the sleeping bag out of the compartment. Another benefit is that these compartments are always located at the bottom of the package, which helps with proper load packaging. Light items such as sleeping bags should be placed on the bottom of the backpack so that heavier items can be placed above them, closer to the center of the back. Your heaviest items, such as bowling balls or a few bricks, should only stay at home.
Hydration Compatible – If you like to keep moisture while hiking (rather than at rest), the water bag is in your alley. If you need a little extra water to step on a steep trail, just pull it out of your hydration tube. No need to stop. Many packages have a hydration port to facilitate the use of a hydrated bladder. I just hope they don’t call them bladder.
Water Bottle Pockets – Some people like to take a break from the activity to moisturize. This is an opportunity to eliminate the burden in a beautiful environment and drink it in the water. The advantage of a water bottle over a hydrated water bladder is that it can better match your water because you always see your amount of water. If you don’t use your large stretch water bottle pocket for drinks, you can use them to assemble extra gear such as tent poles or trekking poles.
Extendable Lid – The expandable lid has several benefits, and the obvious additional loading space. You can pack some extra food for your hiking and simply tighten the lid when you consume. It is also a great place to store sleeping mats. You must check the functionality of each specific package, but you can remove many covers and use them as a backpack.
Lid Pocket – The pocket that can be accessed without opening the package and the movement of various equipment are worth the gold weight. A lid pocket is a great place to store snacks, sunglasses, compasses, cameras, cell phones, … maybe a puppy. I don’t know the last one. Just know that they are very useful, you will definitely overfill them.
Large Exterior Pocket – As I said earlier, the more external pockets, the better. In my opinion, the most underrated packaging feature is a large elastic outer pocket. This is the perfect place to provide an extra layer or snack for a day. Just don’t put anything too heavy, because it will get rid of your backpack stability.
Ice Axe/ Trekking Pole Loops– This is very simple. If you are using hail, you need a place to store them. This is likely to be necessary for mountaineering and climbing. They will also quickly hide a series of trekking poles. They can also easily take a baguette.
Sleep Pad Straps – If you are a fan of large, comfortable, self-inflating sleeping mats or closed-cell foam sleeping mats, you are likely to store them somewhere outside the package. However, your binding options are very limited. The best choice is the sleeping pad or the retractable cover mentioned earlier.
Make Your Pack Even Mover Versatile.
Now that you know everything you need to know to find the perfect package, it’s time to talk about something else that will allow you to pack perfectly.
Waterproof Cover – It will rain. Even in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth, the average annual rainfall is only 15 mm. You don’t need 15mm of water on your gear, right? Most packages are treated to provide some water resistance and are capable of draining different amounts of moisture, but in the event of heavy downpours, you need additional rain cover protection.
Storage Bags – Internal packaging organization is essential for proper weight management and basic quality of life. You should take some ultra-thin nylon bags to hold your clothes, food and equipment. It can help you quickly find any item you are looking for and provide additional protection against rain. In addition, nylon bags are easy to slide for packaging, and you may need to push extra items into the dead zone between the sacks to save space and keep the bag in place.
Hydration Bladder – As I mentioned above, many people like the convenience of a tube of water, which is always just a quick kill. If you prefer this hydration method and choose a package with a hydration sleeve and port, you should pick up a balloon to complete the system. If they also make soup or gravy, then you can eat and drink without breaking the pace.