'Travel light' is the mantra for executive and leisure travellers, but when you hit the road as a serious tripper the philosophy changes to 'shed luxury, but stuff your backpack with all handy tools'. As the stress here is on the 'handy tools', most of us ignore or care less about the backpack.
To avoid ending up in the desperate situation of wishing for a magicians hat in place of your bulging heavy backpack, choose a proper backpack that is spacious yet designed ergonomically to transfer the weight equally to all pressure points.
Favourable storage: An old-fashioned backpack has a front pocket for quick access and then a king-sized empty space for whatever you want to keep in it. For some people, that's enough, but most of us prefer a little more orderliness. So, one should choose a bag with helpful storage slots and pockets which works best in every situation. A highly variant storage scheme compromises pockets and spaces of all shapes and sizes which are favourable. The reconfigurable MOLLE and hook & loop organization pouch to keep multiple items stored, which used to be an exclusive option for military equipment, is now a common feature available in high-end backpacks.
Ergonomic design: From the flat backboards and the canvas cases with straps, backpacks have come a long way. The firms involved in developing materials for the military and the outdoor industry are the ones to thank for the modernisation of backpacks. Invention of lightweight fabrics, which are durable, has helped researchers to concentrate more on reducing the pressure of heavy gear on the carrier. These days there are backpacks designed keeping in mind the body shape of people, when you walk in pick it up after a trial only. There are straps designed to distribute weight equally to all points helping to reduce the stress old backpacks used to give to the lower back and shoulders.
Padded back: When it comes to carrying a bag, lumbar-shaped makes backpacks more comfortable as it shares weight more evenly and are fashionably up to date. It allows a more natural arch which takes care of back pain issues. Moreover, this type of pack fabricates a small space between your back and the bag, allowing air to move through and help keep you slightly cool while lugging your bag around.
Multiple chambers: Buy a sleek yet spacious, durable carryon bag/backpack, with complex organisers so that you don't have to carry more than one travel bag. A good bag must have multiple compartments. This way, you can segregate your belongings and make them easily accessible.
Water-resistant fabric: Your pack does not need to be 100% waterproof but it has to be semi-waterproof so that everything doesn't get wet in a mizzle. The material should be thick but lightweight.
(With inputs from IANS)
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