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Today, I will be providing a list of the most popular places to backpack within the United States of America. In the future, I will be providing recommendations for places outside of the United States (Europe, Asia, and South America). These backpacking locations are all within the borders of a national park and are easily accessible by road. Great Smokey Mountains National Park. This is by far one the most popular national parks in the United States. I would recommend visiting this national park if you are new to the outdoors. Be careful what time of the year you visit as a lot of people tend to go in the fall too witness the trees changing colors. Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is an iconic place within the United States. It is one of the biggest national parks and has a lot of territory to explore. Some of the wildlife include bison, grizzly bears, moose, and even packs of wolves. I would recommend backpacking at this park if you are an experienced hiker. Rangers give great guided tours and the super-massive volcano underneath the park is fascinating. Olympic National Park. This park is by far one of my favorites. There are many different kinds of terrains to view. The altitude climbs extremely fast. During your backpacking trip here, expect to climb all the way to the top of the mountain ranges. One of the best trails in the world, the great divide, is within this park.
Picking the right travel backpack is an important part in planning your trip. Too big and you’ll have too much extra weight to carry around. Or you might not get your bag on an airplane! Too small and you’ll never fit all your stuff in the thing! Pick the wrong material and your stuff will be soaked in the rain. There are so many backpacks out there that it can be very confusing knowing how to pick the right one. There’s actually a science to knowing what the best travel backpack is - and how to pick it! When I first started traveling, I spent weeks picking out my first travel backpack. I tried on dozens, did hours of online research, and packed many to get a feel for what they would be like. It was a time-consuming process. That research paid off though as my first backpack lasted me 8 years. In fact, the only reason I bought a new backpack was because an airline lost that bag. Otherwise, that backpack would still be around today.
There are many travel backpacks in the world - and even more places where you can purchase one. How do you pick the best backpack for traveling? Today, I’m going to teach you how. The Best Travel Backpacks: Does size matter? The Eternal Question: Should you buy a backpack or suitcase? Travel Backpacks: How much should one cost? Don’t want to watch the video? Lockable zippers - Make sure each compartment has two zippers so you can lock them together. While am not really worried about people breaking into my bag and stealing my dirty clothes in a hostel, I like locking up my bag when I am traveling. I’m always paranoid that someone is going to put something in my bag or that a grabby baggage handler in an airport is going to take my stuff. When purchasing locks, make sure the package says they are TSA-friendly locks — these locks have a special release valve that allows the TSA to open the lock without breaking it so they can check your bag.
You can purchase TSA locks at any large retail store, such as Target or Walmart. It means that not only is no one breaking into your stuff, no one is walking away with it either. Pacsafe is a good form of protection for your bag, especially if you are going to be somewhere where your bag will be unattended for a long time. One thing to remember about Pacsafe is that this metal mesh also adds a lot of weight to your bag and it can be burdensome to carry around. Most people I know who use Pacsafe are photographers who carry a lot of expensive equipment around. Multiple compartments - A good bag must to have multiple compartments. This way, you can break up your belongings into smaller sections so it’s easier to access and find the stuff you need. For example, my clothes are in the main compartment of my bag, my umbrella and flips-flops in the top, and my shoes in the separated side compartment (that way they don’t get everything dirty). It saves having to dig around your bag.
Internal frame - The majority of backpacks today are internal-frame packs, meaning the support rods and frame are built into the backpack and hidden from view. Padded hip belt - Most of the weight you will be carrying around will be pushing down on your hips, so you’ll want a padded belt to make supporting the weight more comfortable. The belt will help provide support and distribute the load more evenly on your back, causing less strain. The hip belt should also be adjustable so you can tighten it for extra support. Padded shoulder straps - These make carrying your load more comfortable, as the weight of your pack will also be pushing downward on your shoulders. The pads will put less pressure on your shoulders and also help take pressure off your lower back. Make sure the padding is very thick and made up of a single piece of material as it will be less likely to split and thin out.