Planning your next weekend outdoors? Yes, the spring is the best time for hiking! Sun is shining, but no hot, no sweat, no mosquitoes – just a perfect conditions for walking and enjoying nature. Have you ever met people with giant backpacks on a trail in the forest? They carry food store, mobile hotel and tons of heavy stuff on their shoulders in hope to ‘enjoy’ the weekend. I hope you’re not one of them. Lightweight backpacking is way more comfortable. You really need a very short list of essentials, minimum of food and very few things to make your weekend enjoyable.
How to choose the best backpack for enjoyable hiking
You can fit all you need in a small lightweight backpack and this will be one of the heaviest items on your back, so it’s a great point to start reducing overall weight. Remember, every gram matters.
You don’t need a space to fit all your garage stuff. More space – more stuff you tend to take with you. More stuff – more weight – less fun. You need only 15-35L max to put all essentials. And never take more needless stuff!
Most lightweight backpacks are made from one of two materials: Ripstop Nylon or Dyneema Composite Fabric. In general, DCF is lighter and more water resistant, but also a bit more expensive.
Did you try to dig to the bottom of your backpack to find a camera, when standing on the windy summit? Say goodbye to your lunch if it falls down. Make sure you have enough outside pockets in your backpack.
Best lightweight backpacks of this season
KAVU Rope Bag
Great size, lightweight, a purse for those who don’t like purses. Very comfortable to wear. It has small front pockets for your phone and camera. Plus there are two interior pockets. Almost 20 different colours to choose from.
Outlander 20L/33L- Most Durable Packable Lightweight Travel Hiking Backpack Daypack
Lightweight, but roomy water-resistant backpack. Folds into zippered inner pocket to fit anywhere. Unfolds from pocket to backpack. Includes a carabiner clip so you can attach things or hang backpack anywhere.
Venture Pal Lightweight Packable Durable Travel Hiking Backpack Daypack
35L hiking daypack is made with high quality tear and water resistant material. Easy to fold the backpack to a small pocket (a sandwich size). Two front zipper pocket for smaller items, an internal zippered pocket, and two open-mesh side pockets. Variety of different colours.