How to Choose the Perfect Travel Backpack – Video

Choosing the right travel backpack can be daunting. There are so many brands, so many models, so many options that shopping can leave you overwhelmed and confused.

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Don’t let your confusion lead you to the wrong pack. It is important to know what you, personally, need in a backpack, so if you don’t know what those things are, take a few minutes to watch this video.

I explain three important elements in a backpack that you need to consider and why they are all essential to finding the perfect travel backpack. These are what I call the “Three C’s”:

  • Comfort
  • Capacity
  • Convenience
  • And, if you are a budget-minded traveler too, there is always a 4th “C” to consider: Cost

You’ll find out the single most important thing to pay attention to when searching for the perfect backpack and even how to save a buck when you start your shopping. (Hint: it has to do with REI and the REI Outlet) Enjoy!

Want to hear more about my choice of travel backpack? Click here to watch my Gregory Jade 50 Backpack Review video. Leave a comment if you still have questions about finding the right travel backpack or if you have some helpful advice to add!

And don’t forget to check out REI and the REI Outlet for great deals on backpacks:

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20 replies on “How to Choose the Perfect Travel Backpack – Video”

[…] If you’re going to pack right, you first need the right backpack. Don’t listen to anyone who insists you need a massive backpack just because you’ll be traveling for a long time. Most women are not built to carry massive backpacks, and I found this out the hard way. Go see the experts at REI to get fit for your pack. The most important rule: don’t let the length of your trip determine your pack size; rather, let your body size and strength be the determining factors. Watch How to Choose the Perfect Travel Backpack […]

Hello Jackie. Love all your travel tips, they are so valuable. I live in the UK and we don’t have REI here, should I just google outdoor stores? Also what is the biggest a bag can be as a carry on? Thanks Jackie keep up the amazing work.

Carry on sizes can vary between airlines, but it is generally 22 inches long, 14 inches wide and 9 inches deep. Without an REI, I would recommend searching the gear you want on Amazon to see if it can be delivered that way. Isn’t there a store called Decathlon? That might work. I don’t have specific recommendations for the UK, I’m sorry! Let me know if you find anything good that I can recommend! 🙂

Thanks Jackie! I shall try Decathalon and Amazon and ket you know how I got on. Keep up the amazing work you are an inspiration.

Any backpack similar to this one that you would recommend? I looked at REI, REI Outlet, Amazon, and Backcountry and this model is “old” so they are out of stock, and if they have sizes they don’t have mine…:( I need one like this for my trip to Peru. I will be visiting Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu in a period of 7 days. A lot to take in in short period of time. I forgot to mention the main purpose of the trip is a wedding. I want to pack light to avoid extra plane fees and the hassle of carry-on. Any suggestions would be highly appreciate it!

Hi Alessandra – Yes! I just switched to an Osprey Kyte 46. I have a WS/WM size. It’s a teeny bit smaller than the Gregory Jade 50, which is what I was going for. If you have a chance to go to an REI to try it on, you probably won’t leave without it 😉

I was wondering if you know of another good store to find backpacks? Sadly, I don’t live even remotely close to an REI store.

No problem! You can try any outdoor retailer in town to help you with sizing, and you can even still take advantage of the prices on REI Outlet since it’s all online anyway. Once you find a pack you like in a store, see if it’s on the REI Outlet, or once you find the size you need, you can order any pack online. Don’t forget that REI also has a sizing chart to help with those who can’t physically get in to a store –

Always gotta remember the 4th C. I loved the video, especially the part about fitting the backpack to your body. It’s all to often that we pick a pack based off how it looks, what we want, features, and useless selling points. It’s a great idea to remember that you and the backpack have to be “compatible”.

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