How To Assemble The Perfect Backpack [Infographic]

How To Assemble The Perfect Backpack [Infographic]

If you’re planning a backpacking adventure, luggage is one of the most important things to get right. With a good bag in tow, you can save yourself a great deal of unnecessary hassle and stress further down the line. This infographic covers everything from internal and external frames to sizing, weight and carry-on restrictions.

Despite their moniker, a lot of backbackers give very little thought into their luggage choice. Some rely on old hand-me-downs while others grab whatever’s cheapest a week before their trip. A few crazy souls rely entirely on bum bags. When you consider how long you’ll be lugging this thing around for each day, it makes sense choose wisely.

This infographic from CheapFlights looks at the important considerations you should be making: it covers size (and how this relates to your weight and height), popular components, packing tips and the pros/cons of different pack types.

[Via CheapFlights]


  • 70 litres of stuff is heavy. Very heavy. In fact the bag itself will likely weigh in at 3-4kg. These days it’s much easier to travel with much less. A 40 litre bag will fit as carry on which reduces the risk of lost luggage, saves you from looking like a backpacker and makes traveling much easier. With just 40L you don’t need a frame or any other extra weight to help you manage extra weight (like wheels or handles). Quality backpacks like those available from Tortuga, Minaal, GoRuck, Osprey and Tom Bihn will weigh in at a fraction (1-2kg). With modern fabrics like merino wool (which dries super quick, wicks sweat, never smells and manages body temperature) it is possible to travel with far fewer items of clothing and simply wash in sinks every couple of days – check out Icebreaker, Outlier, Libertad and Wool & Prince. Hiking boots are really not necessary – they’re heavy and stinky and most hikes can be done in quality trainers. Smartphones have replaced lots of unnecessary heavy items like maps, guidebooks, notepads, cameras (unless you’re DSLR-ing it) etc. Toiletries can be purchased on the journey or lightweight equivalents used such as Eco Dent toothpaste, Dr Bronner’s soap/shampoo, crystal deo, Alfred Lane cologne. There are almost always lightweight equivalents to commonly required gear such as the Packtowl travel towel (100g), Sea to Summit Daybag (60g) and if you do need a sleeping bag modern day ultralight quilts will work just as well. Backpacking these days does not mean a backbreaking 70L.

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