Ultimate Female Guide to Picking a Backpack

For travelers using a backpack, it’s the most important purchase you will make. It will determine how much you pack and how comfortable you are along the way. An incorrectly sized backpack can make your trip miserable.

This step is often overlooked, but can make all the difference in finding a properly fitted and comfortable backpack. Some backpacks are made for people with a specific torso size; others are adjustable.

Step 1: Measure Your Torso

Carry-on only. Minimalist and ultralight. Or maybe you plan to haul a bit more. Your packing goals will ultimately determine your perfect backpack size.

Step 2: Assess Your Packing Goals

Picking your backpack size can be the hardest part of shopping for one. But, if you’ve assessed your packing goals, that will help narrow it down. And, once you narrow down the size, it will quickly narrow down your shopping options.

Step 3: Choose Your Backpack Size

These small bags are for people who seriously want to travel ultralight, and hit carry-on under the toughest airline restrictions (like 7kg weight limits!).

Minimalist Size, Up to 29L

Many round-the-world backpackers have traveled only with daypacks, between 30-50 liters, to avoid baggage fees and to travel light. Keep in mind that bags above 40L will only be carry-on size if they aren’t full and if they have a small frame.

Carry-On Size, 30-50L

You’ll certainly need to check this type of bag, but it can come in handy for long trips, or outdoorsy trips where you have to haul special equipment.

Checked, 55L or Higher Size

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