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.