Living Out Of A Backpack

Living Out of a Backpack

I have been living out of a bag, off and on now for close to a year and I definitely would suggest to anyone planning on buying one to do their research. There are so many options when choosing a bag that it becomes difficult to decide. One thing I suggest is to spend the money on a good bag the first time or you will regret it.

Size: I prefer to have at least a 50L bag. This has enough space for everything I need. Cloths, books, Ipad, food, sleeping bag, and still have lots of room left over. A 50L would be enough for mostly everyones needs. My original bag was 75L. I never used that much space, it was just big, clumsy and destroyed my back.

Type: There are many different types. Some are for urban environments and some are for climbing mountains. Some have separate compartments for a sleeping bag and some don’t. Always have in mind what kind of gear you will be carrying.

Access: Always keep in mind the different access flaps on the bag. Nothing is worse then living out of a bag, that every time you need something, you end up making a mess of everything else. I suggest buying one with several different compartments / pockets to make organizing easier.

When you find the perfect bag, you will thank yourself. Living out of a bag is such a freeing feeling. Theres nothing to hold you back, just the open road at your feet.


The one I have is made by Deuter and is their 50+10L version. It cost me around $200 and honestly I believe it’s the best bag on the market. I can access it from several points, and it has more then enough room to fit everything I require.

Anyone who has a better backpack please leave the details in the comment box so other people may see this and in turn, save themselves the headache.

Happy Travels!!

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4 responses to “Living Out Of A Backpack

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  2. What do you use when backpacking and doing photography? Do you just use the one bag and does it fit all you need plus your photography gear? I will be travelling for 8 months of the year all over canada and Guatemala for work, hiking and backpacking everywhere and am trying to find a good rig to use for backpacking with my camera gear and enough room for everything else and not sure which system to use. What do you use? Does it allow easy access to your camera? Does it keep everything secure?



    • Hey Chris. It may surprise you to know that all of my pictures are taken with a Go Pro Hero 2. It provides awesome photos in a minimal size and you can take it underwater. Thats my big secret. You can pick one up for $180 or so. I don’t have fancy camera gear because of the weight, its size, and also it makes you a target for theft.


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