The Ultimate Backpacking Guide

If you’re planning on backpacking anytime in the near future, whether in your own backyard from the house to the tree with dog urine all over it or across the globe three times until you go insane, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind and supplies you need to get to stay prepared. From backpacking backpacks to ample food supplies, there are many different types of things you need before you set off on that journey to the center of the Earth, which I don’t recommend doing because it’s really hot down there and you’ll likely die before you even get through the Earth’s crust, but I digress.

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5 Invaluable Tips for Backpacking in India

A few weeks ago I came back from a backpacking trip in India. It was a majestic adventure that was full of mind-opening experiences that really made me appreciate the backpacking experience unlike any other. My trip to Rio last month culminated in me encountering an inter-dimensional alien race called the Criskotonianites, who told me via digital forearm mouths that the Earth is one of 23 planets that they owned, and that our planet is second to last in their ranking system, only ahead of Grimlorh, which is a garbage disposal planet used specifically to store garbage from the other planets. They informed me that the key to ascending higher is by harnessing the power of the color orange, which is the most important aspect of the entire multiverse, as well as that we are the only species to fail to see orange or any other color as anything but a simple color. If we understand the power of Orange, we may be able to finally transcend.

However, my trip to India was almost as incredible in a number of ways. These are some tips for backpacking in India, which might help you understand why that country is so amazing.

1. Eat Where Locals Eat

authentic indian curry and rice dishes

My first piece of advice is to eat where the locals eat, because that’s how you will get the most authentic food. Like in many countries, India tends to cheapen the quality of their menus for open tourists, so if you want top-notch samosas, tandoori chicken or the finest curry this side of Asia, you gots to go where the locals go. The emptier the restaurant, the more likely you are to go in there only to find that it’s a portal to another universe made entirely of construction paper. The busier the place, the better the food likely is.

One time I went to a restaurant in Mumbai called Gubugrab, which looked good based on the menu, but the fact that I was the only one in there that afternoon should’ve been a red flag. I didn’t realize what kind of place I was dealing with until the food came and it was just a bag of grass (and not the kind you smoke), along with a pair of fried sandals. I figured “this must be what they eat here” and began digging in, but before I knew it someone walking by saw me being duped like the dummy I was, paid for my meal out of sympathy, and dragged me to the best restaurant nearby, Hubab’s Hut, where I had some of the best tandoori chicken.

2. Settle on a Price Before Paying for Anything

The last thing you want is to be ripped off when traveling, and when dealing with foreign currency, it can be easy to make tourists pay more than they have on services and products. This is why when paying for a taxi without a meter, a tour, hotel stay, or other service, make sure you know how much you’ll pay, or you could find yourself spending 100,000 rupees on a plastic fork if you’re not careful. Then again, if you have that kind of money to throw at a fork that isn’t an antique, you probably wouldn’t be too bothered.

3. Purify All Drinking Water

LifeStraw portable water filtration system for backpacking

If there’s one piece of advice to heed about backpacking in India, it’s that you should never drink from the tap, as it has some of the lowest-quality water in the world. At the same time, the expenses on plastic bottles can add up really fast, and not to mention the littering; imagine the amount of tourists who rely on bottled water for hydration from week to week. Now imagine all of the water bottles being tossed as a result. Now imagine all of those water bottles becoming living creatures that gather to form a giant plastic creature with a hive mind, stomping around India and wreaking havoc as our punishment for trashing this humble planet.

The best way to avert that is to purify your own water. Using some of the best water filters on the market, you can turn the dirtiest lake water into perfectly drinkable stuff. I’ve even given some recommendations for great water filters in another blog. Some restaurants will offer something called reversed osmosis (RO) water, which is entirely drinkable, free, and eco-friendly. I’ve seen some nasty water in that country, mostly in ankle-deep puddles on muddy pathways after a storm, but with the right filter you can turn it into drinking water with a skill that Jesus would envy.

4. Be Respectful

India undoubtedly has one hell of a rich culture, with a long history and heritage along with a long past of religious foundation. The best way to experience this is to be consistently respectful and thoughtful, and practicing local etiquette, which really can give you another perspective.

Some examples of social etiquette include the traditions of eating with the right hand, while the left is used for wiping in toilets, not pointing the soles of your feet at anyone, removing your shoes before entering temples, and avoiding kissing or hugging loved ones—or strangers, it goes without saying anywhere—in public.

Or you could just be an ignorant douchecanoe who just gets in trouble and angers everyone. Your choice.

5. Take the Train as Often as Possible

packed Indian train

When backpacking in India, it’s important to keep in mind that the nation has plenty of trains, with a vast network for transit that makes it easy to travel pretty much anywhere across the country. Because of their usefulness, it’s no surprise that it’s hard to book a ride. It’s a good idea to book way in advance of your trip to ensure a pleasant trip, and if you’re getting a sleeper train, you would do well to book the side-upper or upper berths for maximum security (though not of the prison variety) and privacy.

Taking a public ride has its benefits too: Better view out of the windows and a more lively and interesting mix of passengers. I know when I went on a train to Dubai, it was a majestic trip. The only disconcerting downside was seeing the demon that looked like a bag of black tentacles wandering from car to car trying to panhandle to no avail.

Good Luck When Backpacking in India

If you want your backpacking trip in India to be a good time, these tips can help carry you a long way. Trust me.

Stay Cool with This Sun Protection Checklist for Backpacking

One of those pesky elements you’ll encounter on most backpacking trips is the sun, even if it’s hiding behind a blanket of thick clouds looming overhead. That sun is out to fry you  like the bacon you cooked on that little portable stove you love so much. This is why you’ll want to block those UV rays with sufficient sun protection at all times on your travels.

Here’s a nice checklist to make sure you get the best sun protection for backpacking trips, whether you’re out there for a brief weekend getaway from the annoying people in your life or on a trek across the country to prove that you’re devoted to becoming one with nature, even if it doesn’t really want you.

Sunscreen for Backpacking

old woman applying sunscreen lotion to kid's faceLike any outdoor excursion, you’ll want to choose a good sunscreen with all of the SPFs that matter. We’re not at the point where we need SPF 2,000,000, like Sarah Connor suggested we might in Terminator 2 following a nuclear apocalypse ignited by human-hating sentient A.I., but you should get something a little higher than SPF 1 to protect against those invisible UV daggers that are stabbing at you every time you step outside.

Remember that the higher the SPF level doesn’t necessarily mean the more protection you get, either. Generally anywhere between SPF 15 and SPF 45 can give you sufficient protection, with 45 protecting you against about 98% of UV rays. Anything higher than that is unnecessary, and may indicate that you’re unhealthily paranoid of sunlight if anything.

What you want is sunscreen that’s good enough to coat exposed areas, and if you’re backpacking on longer trips you may want something thicker than spray sunscreen. One recommendation is Amazon’s Choice Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, which is only a little over $10 for a two pack of lotion and carries an SPF level of 45, an ample amount if you’re outdoors for an extended period.

Backpacking Sun Caps

ICOLOR backpacking sun cap with face and neck flapSunscreen can only do so much to protect your skin from those demonic sun rays that want to sting your skin into submission. Depending on how long you’re outside or how much of your head is exposed, pencil-eraser bald or not, you may want to consider a sun cap (or sun runner) for backpacking trips.

While you may simply consider holding your hands over your head like you’re being arrested the entire time you’re hiking, like a thieving survivalist hermit that’s finally been located by the police and being led outside the woods, you’ll probably have a more pleasant time with a sun cap that lets you relax.

One backpacking sun cap I recommend you use during your excursions into the unknown is the iColor unisex sun cap with a neck and face flap, available on Amazon. It provides 360-degree solar protection with a UPF of 50+ to give you all of the protection you need. Use it for backpacking, cycling, hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, or even just tending to your garden while your neighbors wonder why you’re trying to be anonymous.

Cool-Looking Sunglasses

man wearing fuzzy sunglassesAnother great item for sun protection on backpacking trips is something that can protect your eyes while looking pretty cool. Sunglasses are great because they keep those sun rays away from your precious eyeballs, so they can sit comfortably in your head like a couple of living olives in a pair of wet cavernous sockets. Think of sunglasses as the garage door to your eyeballs’ home, keeping them contained and safe at all times.

There are a lot of sunglass models out there to choose from, but while style might be something you want, you also want something that’s designed for long walks, or boating trips, or cycling trips, or flying on wind streams, or traveling across different existential planes, or—sorry, I’m thinking about what I’ve encountered while backpacking through Malaysia. Great trip, but I digress.

One cool product that’s good for men and women are these AFARER polarized sport sunglasses with a TR90 unbreakable frame, also available on Amazon. Obviously, there are plenty of other sunglasses that you can use depending on your style or lack thereof, but polarized glasses are ideal for changing levels of brightness you’ll likely see outdoors.

Combine These Items for Maximum Sun Protection When Backpacking

While there isn’t a whole lot you need to keep your skin protected from those monstrous sun rays, you should utilize one or more of these helpful items for sufficient shielding. With sunscreen, sun caps/sun runners, and sunglasses at your disposal, you can make sure that you’re prepared for when that high-hanging yellow bulb becomes too intense.

Sure, if you’re covered in these things, some people might mistake you for the ghost of the Unabomber or a member of a secret society of anonymous melanin-less explorers trying to convert the Earth into a sunless landscape so they can live comfortably, but neither of these is likely, and being secure is better than looking cool. Not to mention those shades look pretty great.

So, ultimately, this backpacking sun protection gear is great if you’re gonna be outside for days to months at a time.

5 Great Water Filters for Backpacking Trips

If you’re out in the Great Outdoors™ on a backpacking trip and you find that you don’t have ample water supplies with you, even with a large and roomy backpack, you may benefit from having some top-quality water filters that can purify nature’s essence for safe consumption. After all, you really should stay hydrated as often as possible, or you never know when the sun might experience a supernova and start drying out all of the lakes and ponds of the earth while turning you into a walking prune.

Seriously, though, you never know when you’ll need to resort to drinking from natural water sources, and it’s a good idea to be safe about it.

So, here are some great and affordable water filters on Amazon that you can bring with you on your trips to keep your water intake where it should be.

Etekcity Portable Water Filtration Straw

Etekcity portable water filter for backpackingFor something extremely compact, reliable and easy-to-use, get this Etekcity portable water purifier. Get it for only $29.99 or for $18.99 and free shipping on orders over $35.

It has all of the features you need in pretty much every survival situation, including:

  • 3-stage advanced filtration: pre-filter, antibacterial activated carbon filter (which removes, and I quote precisely, “99.99999%” of all waterborne bacteria and protozoa) and 0.01 Microns hollow fiber UF membrane inline filter
  • Compliance with all EPA Water Quality Standards through TüV SüD testing, along with a passing grade for the FDA Food Contact test
  • Accessories such as the filter kit that includes a foldable water pouch for water collection, a syringe for cleaning, and an attachable straw
  • Small size and lightweight for easy transportation in backpacks when backpacking, hiking, camping, or anything else you’re foregoing civilization for
  • Filters up to 1,500 liters of drinkable water from literally any clean or dirty source (although I’d probably avoid the sewers)

Great for emergencies, or just imagining you’re living in an apocalyptic scenario of your choice, zombies or sans zombies.

LifeStraw Portable Water Filter

LifeStraw portable water filtration system for backpackingAnother excellent option is the LifeStraw personal water filter, which is a bit simpler than the Elekcity model if you want something for briefer use while benefitting from the same effectiveness. You can get it new from $19.95 from other sellers, and it’s also available on Prime for the same price directly from Amazon.

Features include:

  • Ability to remove—and again I quote for maximum accuracy here—”99.9999%” of waterborne bacteria, beyond the EPA’s standards
  • Ability to remove 99.9% of protozoan parasites, filtering to an ASTOUNDING 0.2 microns
  • Filters up to 1,000 liters of water, excluding water that contains chlorine, iodine, or other chemicals
  • Included sealed bag makes it great for emergency storage

It also includes free shipping on orders over $35, of course.

Sawyer Products Mini Water Filter

Sawyer Products water filter for backpackingThis Sawyer Products mini water filtration system is yet another delectable and affordable choice, available for a measly $20.06 with free shipping on, you guessed it, orders of over $35. It includes plenty of equipment and filtration capabilities.

With the Sawyer Products water filter for backpacking, you get:

  • Filter great for backpacking, hiking, camping, etc.
  • Compact high-performance filter that only weighs 2oz., with a 0.1 micron absolute hollow fiber membrane inline filter
  • Included drinking pouch, but can attach to standard water bottles or hydration packs
  • 7-inch drinking straw for drinking directly from the source
  • Can remove a precise “99.99999%” (seriously, how do they come up with these exact figures?) of all bacteria, such as salmonella, E.coli, and cholera, along with 99.9999% of all protozoa
  • Filter up to 100,000 gallons

All in all, a solid option here, whether you’re a backpacker living on the fringe or simply always wanted to drink safely from that murky creek in your backyard for some compulsive reason you should probably seek therapy for.

Survivor Filter PRO

Survivor Filter PRO water purifier for backpackingThe Survivor Filter PRO water purifier is one more awesome choice I’ll recommend. It’s got everything you need for the hardcore survivalist or the naïve newbie who wants to feel like a true survivalist. It’s a bit pricier at $59.95, but you get free shipping regardless of the total order amount, and it’s a great value for all that’s included.

With this model, you’ll receive:

  • One independently tested filter (tested courtesy of USA-based Intertek Labs) that surpasses EPA water filter standards
  • 99.9% removal of virus, staph and bacteria, along with reduction of heavy metals, including 93% of lead and 99.5% of mercury
  • Compact size and fast flow rate, capable of filtering 17oz. per minute at only 6.5 inches long
  • In-depth instruction manual, tubing, hose clip, attachable cup, zippered carrying case
  • 3 filters including a pre-filter, carbon filter and 0.01 Micron Internal Ultra Filler
  • Long-lasting filters that don’t require replacements for some time
  • Lifetime warranty and 100% money-back guarantee, so if your filter inexplicably grows a mouth and suddenly issues any threatening statements (not likely), you don’t have to worry about being stuck with it

Obviously, this is the more heavy-duty option among the ones I’ve listed, which makes it great for longer trips or extended emergency situations.

Boston Fortis Explorer Pro Water Filter

Boston Fortis Explorer Pro water filter for backpackingLast but certainly not least is the Boston Fortis Explorer Pro multifunctional water purifier, which is also excellent for backpacking, hiking, and the like. As I type away and carpal tunnel sets in, it’s available on sale for $39.99 with free shipping on any order amount, with a normal price of $69.99.

This baby features:

  • Filtration for safe and good-tasting drinking water even after periods of heavy use
  • 3-stage filtration system that includes ceramic, carbon fiber and KDF filters that can filter 0.1 microns
  • Lab-tested and certified equipment that can remove over 99% of bacteria, protozoa, chemicals, metals, and various microorganisms, surpassing EPA standards
  • Other equipment to assist with survival such as a compass, flashlight, mini-knife, compass, and even fire flint
  • “Super-fast” flow rate of up to 500ml per minute and a compact size of 6.6 x 3.1 x 1.8 inches, weighing only 9oz.
  • Detailed instruction manual and convenient carry bag
  • 100% money-back guarantee, limited lifetime warranty and other promotions

Take Your Pick of Water Filters for Backpacking

Obviously, these aren’t the only top-tier water filters for backpacking or any other outdoor activities. There are a lot of great models out there that are perfectly affordable for novices and veterans alike, and for the most part they’re easy to use without a lot of complicated workings that might otherwise leave you feeling like you’re going to die of dehydration before the end of your trip.

Backpackers Anonymous will give you some future recommendations for backpacking water filtration systems and a ton of other great backpacking gear that you can buy to make sure you’re prepared for all of nature’s ridiculousness.

4 Great Pieces of Backpacking Gear for Your Next Trip

Backpacking can require a lot of different types of gear to make your trip the optimum experience. When you’re out in the wilderness with nothing but the bare necessities and your sanity (or insanity), you may want some of the luxuries of first-world civilization with you on your trip as well.

Here are five awesome backpacking gear options I found on Amazon to make your next backpacking trip an even greater time.

1. Wise Owl Outfitters Fitness Towels

Wise Owl Outfitters fitness towelSay you’re out in the middle of a forest and you suddenly get the urge to practice some yoga or other fitness exercises because walking just doesn’t cut it anymore. What better way to spruce things up with this Wise Owl Outfitters fitness towel? I mean, it even includes a free bonus hand towel to keep those sweaty palms at bay! They’re only $13.99 right now with free shipping on orders over $35, with a normal price of $24.99.

First of all, this thing is made of extremely soft, absorbent, and fast-drying material. As Wise Owl Outfitters claims, these microfiber towels are as smooth as a “baby’s butt,” if you’ve ever wanted to use the latter to absorb your sweat. They can soak up anything, apparently, possibly including large amounts of blood if you’re into some shady business. They also dry fast so you don’t have to shout at them to motivate them to stop being wet.

They come in two sizes, large and XL, and you get a free 12″ x 12″ hand towel with the large and a 12″ x 24″ towel with the XL. You also get a handy bag to carry both towels, making them easy to transport down a nature trail or a hallway full of ninjas that you have to fight to reach that temple at the end where you can finally practice your peaceful yoga.

They’re easy to hang up anywhere with a convenient snap loop, and you can use them for pretty much anything, including fitness activities, hiking, boating, swimming, the gym, the beach, or at the top of a mountainside monastery as you contemplate existence itself while resting on them.

Should anything go wrong with this towel, such as an instance where it morphs into an old Ford Pinto that you didn’t want (not that this is likely), you’re good because of a 100% money back guarantee. Choose from many color options, too.

2. Trekology Ultralight Inflating Travel / Camping Pillows

Trekology ultralight inflating pillow for travel and campingComplement those great towels on your backpacking trip with a couple of Trekology ultralight inflating pillows. It’s only $29.99, but you can get it on sale for $14.99 with free shipping on orders over $35.

They’re extremely compact, with the ability to fold into the size of “less than a soda can” at a mere 5″ x 2″ while weighing only 2.75 oz, making them easy to carry in your hiking backpack on your travels. Just remember that you can’t drink a pillow like soda, no matter how hard you try.

It’s got a great ergonomic design for maximum comfort and neck support when sleeping, and inflates to a wealthy 16″ x 12″ x 4″ for some great back support, too.

These inflatable pillows are made of strong, elastic, water-resistant TPU fabric for maximum comfort and strength, so if you ever wake up in your tent and want to take out your aggressions because of a recently botched relationship or lost food supplies, this can be a decent punching bag (not really).

They’re also easy to inflate and deflate with a simple twist opening for inflation and a bottom valve for deflation, much like how our digestive tract works. Because of its slip-resistant nature, you also never need to worry about it slipping away from your head and taking off to some unknown hideout in Canada where it can live out the rest of its days in solitude.

It also comes with a money back guarantee in case it ever sprouts arms and legs and decides it’s too evolved for your head.

3. Bisgear 12/16-Piece Camping Cooking Set

Bisgear 12/16 pcs camping cooking setSure, you could go all out on your backpacking trip and hunt for food with a spear, and eat over a primitive campfire like your ancestors wouldn’t want you to do, now that you have access to proper cooking utensils and store-bought meat. But why do that when you can make outdoor cooking easier with this Bisgear 12/16 pcs camping cookware set? It’s normally $59.99, but you can get it for $25.99 and free shipping on orders over $35.

This massive set comes with high-quality and easy-to-clean supplies, and is easy to carry in a mesh bag to make it easier to travel down the magical forest to Chef Gordon Ramsay’s Wilderness Cooking Seminar, which takes place in the North Dakota witches’ coven. (Just be careful not to anger the witches there or they’ll turn you into pigeons for Ramsay to eat—his favorite meal.)

The entire set includes:

  • A folding stainless steel spork/spoon
  • Spork
  • Spoon
  • Folding knife
  • Mini stove with Piezo ignition
  • Anodized aluminum nonstick pot
  • Nonstick frying pan
  • Pan cover
  • 2 BPA-free bowls
  • BPA-free soup spoon
  • Rice ladle
  • Loofah sponge
  • Carabiner
  • Nylon bag

Use it for camping, hiking, backpacking (obviously), pleasant picnics, and many other activities. It’s perfect if you want to pretend you’re Anthony Bourdain while taking a trip in the middle of nowhere without a TV crew to show off to.

Of course, there’s also a 100% money-back guarantee for this set if all of the tools fuse together into a giant cooking robot that climbs up a tree and refuses to come down.

4. LE Headlamp Helmet Light

LE Headlamp LED headlight for camping, hiking, and readingIt’s never safe to go out backpacking at night if you’re miles away from civilization. What if you run into Big Foot or one of those giant tree monsters that have night vision and steal and collect people’s pants in their stump notches, only to meet up later and brag about their collections while their hapless victims are left wondering what just happened?

Regardless of what perils could come in the night, you’re better off being able to see clearly with this battery-powered LE Headlamp headlight. Even if you just want to read a book without the convenience of a nearby lamp, this is a good ‘un.

For $18.99 (or $7.99 and free shipping on orders over $35), you get a great LED helmet lamp that can fit snugly on your head to provide sufficient lighting in any dark environment. It includes four lighting modes, including three levels of white light brightness and a red flashing mode if you want to pretend you’re a blinking one-eyed terminator.

It’s also lightweight and adjustable, weighing only 2.85 oz with an elastic headband that makes it easy to fit. It’s waterproof with an IP44 rating, too, so if you encounter the Montana Water Demon at night and he splashes you with torrents of horribly stagnant lake water, you don’t have to worry about being unable to see.

It also includes a free bonus of three AAA alkaline batteries for added convenience.

With one or more of these reliable pieces of backpacking gear to take along with you on your trip, you can make your backpacking experience better than anyone else’s. You can even label it the Greatest Backpacking Experience Ever and show up in your neighborhood at the end, carrying your Wise Owl Outfitters fitness towels, Bisgear cooking set, and Trekology ultralight cooking set, all while donning your LE headlamp, and prance up and down the street declaring your backpacking experience to be the best that anyone will ever have until the cops arrive, responding to a noise complaint. Even then you can explain to the cops about the glory of your backpacking adventure and they may express their envy and be on their way.

Look out for more updates on great backpacking gear in the future from the Backpackers Anonymous Blog.


The Best Hiking Backpacks for Backpacking

So, you want to backpack. The first thing you’ll need to backpack is, in fact, a backpack. Otherwise it’s just called walking. Whether you’re just starting out or a veteran looking for a new backpack, it can be kind of daunting to find that perfect piece of back gear to accompany you on your trip.

Ideally, you’ll want a hiking backpack that’s light enough to keep your back from slouching forward and transforming you into Golem, but one that’s also sturdy enough to hold everything you need without leaving you stranded on a cliffside with all of your food and gear lying a hundred feet below in a creek for the fish to fail to appreciate.

There are many different hiking backpacks that can cover all of your bases, but here are a few solid choices on Amazon that are worth the purchase.

The Venture Pal Lightweight Backpack

Venture Pal lightweight backpack for hiking and travelingThis lightweight Venture Pal backpack is a certifiable beast, and as I write this it’s on sale for $20.99 on orders of $25 or more, which is under a third of the original price! It’s available in plenty of colors including blue, red, yellow, grey, orange, purple, sky blue, and fuchsia. Whatever you want the big-ass hump on your back to look like, this backpack can make that vision a reality.

As the product page advertises, the Venture Pal backpack is durable, made of high-quality material that can resist tearing and water damage. It’s also notably lightweight despite being strong enough to hold all of your stuff without blowing up like an ape that ate a bomb. The double-layer bottom only adds to that strength and makes it convenient for operating on any side.

It’s also really comfortable, apparently, with “breathable mesh” shoulder straps and sponge padding, both of which keep your shoulders from feeling like your angry dad is clamping down on the nerves near your neck with his thick fingers after you’ve upset him. (That hurts like hell!)

Its multiple compartments also make it easy to keep all of your stuff organized. The main compartment has 35 liters of space so you can just stuff 35 liters of water in there for a massive drinking source (be careful of water poisoning), or anything else that can take up that kind of ample space. Front pockets are also great for holding accessories such as a life-saving EpiPen or that suicide-inducing photo of your ex-girlfriend that you want to look at for some reason when you’re sitting alone on a rock watching the sun set over the wilderness, causing you to sob inconsolably.

Did I mention that this backpack is lightweight? Well, that’s no lie, as it’s a soft 0.7 lbs, and it’s compact enough to fit pretty much anywhere by simply folding it into its inner pocket.

TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack

TETON hiking backpackThis TETON Sports Scout 3400 backpack is another stellar option for the beginner or seasoned professional backpacker. This one’s a little pricier than the Venture Pal at $59.65, but it’s a good deal given what you get. It’s a high-quality backpack that continues to be one of Amazon’s top sellers, so we know it hasn’t caused any deaths.

It’s an excellent option for people new to backpacking or just want something for a quick trip, as its compact size makes it ideal for 2-4 day adventures, whether you’re hiking along the Appalachian Trail or taking a brief journey through one of Dante’s 9 circles of Hell. It also comes in several interesting color options, including the Hunter Green one seen here, along with Coyote Tan and Mecca Orange.

It’s known for its quality, and it includes a large sleeping bag compartment, multi-directional compression straps for easy carrying, and many other compartments and pockets for storing all of those random trinkets you’ll offer the forest gnomes in exchange for not turning you into a pile of leaves, which happened to two of my best friends last summer.

The limited lifetime warranty makes this thing a great purchase as well, so if it comes alive and tries to murder your family while cackling like a hyena (which I’m 99.7% sure won’t happen), you don’t have to be stuck with it like that.

Mountaintop 40-Liter Hiking Backpack

Mountaintop hiking backpackStill thinking of another option for your next big or microscopic trip? Consider this Mountaintop 40-liter hiking backpack, which is great for outdoor camping and perfectly affordable at $31.99. This thing includes 40 liters, so including a giant tank of nothing but water or gasoline won’t be a problem.

Other features apart from the space include:

  • 6 adjustable straps for tying up the pack or hanging other items such as mats, sleeping bags, hammocks, and tripods
  • Front zipper access that goes across the entirety of the main compartment
  • “Outstanding” padding, including strong and thick shoulder straps and a hip belt, 2 long padded areas on the back for additional cushy comfort and better air circulation across the back to prevent overheating and eventual shutdown
  • Multiple pockets for convenient storage all over
  • 90-day limited warranty, so again, if it becomes sentient and tries to eat you and your loved ones, you’ll be covered

These are some of the best hiking backpacks you’ll find to make your backpacking experience great, but I’ll definitely feature some more great selections in future posts. This is far from the end of the Great Backpacking Experience of 2017. I’ll be back to include a variety of great hiking and camping backpacks in addition to many other types of backpacking gear. Whether you want to go backpacking to escape the perils of reality or to simply take in the beauties and perils of nature, this is only the beginning in the great journey.

Stay tuned for more updates that include some top-tier backpack recommendations from Backpackers Anonymous Blog.