No hiking trip is made without a backpack; it is an essential part of the equipment and if you happen to doubt weather to take one – don’t!
If you have forgotten it, go back and back something up. The backpack serves for carrying food provisions, water supplies, spear clothing, and additional gear in case of bad weather, for example a raincoat.
What type of a backpack should you take on a hiking trip depends on how much you want to take along. For instance, if you go on a short hiking trip just for the afternoon, a simple school backpack will do just fine. A small backpack for a whole day hiking trip is also good, but a whole day hiking in the mountains may want a bit more then just food supplies.
A Backpack bigger then a school bag will be enough for all the things you need. There are backpacks with the right size specifically made just for hiking. Side pockets for water bottles are a regular part of the design (that way you won’t have to open the backpack every time you need to drink water); enough space for dry clothes, jackets, extra sox and etc.
Hiking Backpack with Friends:
Many backpacks are designed with a couple of zipper pockets in the front or the sides. They are perfect for things like small energy bar snacks; fresh fruit you plan to bite along the way; car keys; and even for you mobile phone.
Backpacks also come with an additional waist belt that is a part of the bag. When you put the backpack on, you can strap your waist with the belt that is attached to the bottom of the backpack. Its purpose is not to be stylish, but to transfer the weight of the backpack on the thighs, thus reducing the tension on the shoulders.
Bear in mind that when carrying a backpack, especially a hiking one, the shoulder straps must be balanced. Do not let one of the shoulder do more work in weight carrying then the other. Not only it is not fair, but it will also cause physical problems to your spine and back. Keep the backpack clean and watch for loose edges in the tailoring; don’t over pack it with unnecessary things.