(via Backpacks Infographic: How to Find the Right Backpack - REI)

This is pretty solid. There’s often a small inner pouch on the side that lies against your spine where you can pack the heavy stuff compactly. My Osprey was moulded to my body shape and is designed for people with breasts, so the large straps are oriented slightly differently to make room for boob bulk. If you tighten all the compression straps, tightly pull the straps across your clavicles and waist, and tighten the top bit so the topmost compartment doesn’t sag, the weight will distribute so as to not strain your muscles well beyond all holy hell. It will still be heavy if you pack a great lot but you won’t have that dragging agony on your neck and shoulders, nor will you want to collapse from lower back pain every time you bend and stand. Backpacks aren’t cheap but if you travel often, it’s worth the investment. 

***What to take: dental floss too.

***What to leave: take your hands off my interwebs. I need Google maps, thank you kindly.

I cannot stress how convenient it is to have a pack with a camelbak or other hydration system in it. Using bottles is all well and good, but when you’re all muddy (or worse) you don’t want to use grubby little hands to open up the water bottle. 

(via forestspirit-waterspirit)

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