This post is all about which backpack I took and what was right for me. When travelling around different countries and cities it is vital that you pick the right backpack for you.
My friend and I took very different approaches to what we were going to wear on our backs, my friend took the cheaper option which she was happy about and it worked for her. She bought a bag off of eBay for around £12, it had a lot of room and didn't cost the earth. She knew that she wouldn't be using it again, so it worked for her to buy a less expensive bag.
I, on the other hand bought a more expensive typical backpacking bag, as I love a good festival and would like to go travelling again in the future. It was important to me that I was comfortable and all of my stuff was safe and it was easy to carry around. I wasn't into buying a suitcase I would have to wheel around.
After trying a few on in a local sports store, I realised it was going to be more expensive than I had thought to get a good fitting bag with the space I needed. As I am short (5"3) a lot of the bags I tried on just didn't fit me right, so I went on a mission to find a perfectly fitting bag.
I didn't get perfection but I got very close with a Deuter backpack. I chose the ACT Lite 35+10 SL, which is a backpack from their woman's range, where they have changed the shoulder straps from their usual range so they are slimmer and the hip fins are also angled differently to suit a woman's shape. However you could probably use this backpack if you are a male, as long as it was comfortable for you.
|Deuter ACT Lite 35+10 SL Backpack|
I bought this backpack from Outdoor Kit for £88.99, it's usually £105 so I shopped around for the best deal. £90 is a lot to pay for a backpack, but I would recommend it if you are short like me and will 100% use it again and again - I'm using mine for festivals next year!
As you can see this backpack looks like any other backpack for travelling, however there is a few adjustable parts, such as the shoulder straps which is adjusted in the centre of the bag, this is helpful to make sure the hip fins are in the correct place.
|The back of the Deuter Backpack - ACT Lite 35+10 SL|
|Inside the main compartment of the Deuter ACT Lite 35+10 SL|
|The secret pocket in the hood of the Deuter ACT Lite 25+10 SL|
Another pocket is the one at the top of the backpack, this is another good pocket for things you need to access quickly. The zip is close to your head, which makes it difficult for other people to access, but easy for you to get out that rain mac when it starts raining etc.
The next post in the series will be on the clothes that I took with me.