How to Pick the Right Travel Backpack

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This is one of the most requested videos ever! How to Choose the Right Travel Backpack for you is very important when preparing for your travels. Whether you’re travelling for a week or a year, you can use the same backpack as long as it’s the right one for your body and has all of the features you’re wanting in a travel backpack. In this video, Siya and I take you to SAIL, which is an outdoor adventure store where shop at before any big trip. We have been using the same travel backpack for the past 10 years, and wanted to get an upgrade. Our old backpacks did us well, but were missing several features that are important to us. We take you through the entire process of choosing the right travel backpack for YOU and the things to look out for when choosing that backpack that will become your mobile apartment and ultimate travel companion.

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☆ Kristen – Gregory Cairn 58 litre –
☆ Siya – Osprey Aether 60 litre


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capt gag says:

how tall your boyfriend is , if you don’t mind answering , thanks 🙂

Princess & Me Parties Los Angeles says:

rebecca is fantastic. so helpful

Emma Bowen says:

Hey Kristen! What model of backpack did you choose?

Carla Helena says:

Wow I had no idea there was this much stuff to take into consideration when buying a backpack… This was a super interesting video

Kotchanipha Somo says:

Does anyone know where is this shop? D

Maribel Marin says:

LOL!!! Siya’s Nemo bag!!! lol…The magenta one is cute! But I do love the Aqua one you picked! Beautiful colour!…ugh but Siya’s pick has the extra day pack and camel pack compartment… oh man…decisions!!!

Sail’s my favourite too, I like it more than MEC. I just can never decide on a good back pack so always end up using regular ones which end up hurting my shoulders or making me sweaty… I’ll have to go soon since I leave in a week and a half for my road trip! 🙂

Basa 1959 says:

Great tips but two major flaws many of us face. Firstly, we don’t always get the scope fo choice of brands or bags e.g. for me Fjallraven, or even a particualr model. Second, the sales staff ap[ear highly informed, rarely does that seem the case. Therefore a buyer has to become educated; and frankly a PhD in bags is required as there are far too many to choose from, and then we are faced with guessing when buying from the internet and that becomes a pot luck. Now to measure my back…this shouls be fun!

manuel hernandez says:

Can you use the Osprey aether 60 as a carry on?

Herb Fong photography says:

Is the Aether 60 (that Siya has) small enough as a carry-on?

Ari Hendrickson says:

Thank you much for making this video. My last bag was obviously (after watching this) was not write for me! I think i will find a perfect pack now!! THANK YOU 🙂

James Guiab says:

if you have to check-in your bag when you fly, do you do anything to keep it from being damaged?

Shiftaholic Traveller says:

Great video!
What size backpack is ideal for a trip of between 1-3 months?

Nagat Galal El-Din says:

how tall are you?

Jenny says:

thanks so much for the video. I just realized that my bagpack was so unkomfortabel because it was set to large at my spinal length instead of XS. Now it feels so much better

Ranger M says:

can i knw the name of the brands that manufacture front loading backpacks… ospray 60 shown in the video…..below $120/-

supersonic kid says:

osprey and gegory are over priced, usually retailers will try to point you towards the more expensive items. Don’t get me wrong they’re good bags if you have the money for them. From personal experience I’ve found bags online that rival their quality and have a couple more features for less than half of the price.

Rofid Nur says:

How much osprey atmos 50 ag sarahh ? Hehe

curlywonders says:

If I have a 75L backpack, and I plan to go backpacking across Europe, is it bad to travel with a mostly empty backpack? I hear a lot of people say its bad because you’re tempted to carry things you don’t need but is there actually any real negative to having a half empty backpack?

Bo Ismono says:

Thanks for this video. I have tested a lot of bags, but I haven’t been able to test a hiking bag. THis gives me so much of information. Now I just “need” a vacation where I need to use a hiking bag haha.

supersonic kid says:

osprey and gregory are over priced, usually retailers will try to point you towards the more expensive items. Don’t get me wrong they’re good bags if you have the money for them. From personal experience I’ve found bags online that rival their quality and have a couple more features for less than half of the price.

simplemente Sebi says:

Where do you put your camera and gear?

General420smoke says:

you are size petite.. nice

Ash Ley says:

How come you got a top loading bag vs a suitcase style bag?

Shay travels says:

Thanks for posting, I am switching from suitcase to backpack

homephobic says:

Wow! This was seriously an ôsəm video. Very informative. Thanks!

HerrFinsternis says:

One more tip. Ones you found that pack you like, put some weight in it and see how it holds up. Almost any pack will feel comfy when empty, but it’s not till you add 30lb you will really feel how all those straps and backsupport will feel on you. Most stores have sandbags they can add.


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Cery Kheav says:

Did you end up getting an x-small for your backpack and is it comfortable to wear? She mentioned your spine being about 16 inches, about how tall are you? I’m currently looking for a backpack to travel throughout SE Asia in but not sure if I should get an x-small size or a small/medium.

Sara Stankieiwcz says:

Great video guys!! 🙂

neraknerak1 says:

Yes it’s called a 4 wheeled suitcase.

Wanderlust William says:

Informative and entertaining as always! I’m Canadian too and I love sail 😀

m says:

how many litres would be good?

Natalie D says:

Awesome video u guys!!! <3
kristen what bag did you buy??? its awesome

Bailey Derby says:

how tall are you???

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Osca Alva says:

its easy any 45L carry on pack the max thats the size no wheels 150$ tops..

Wandering Nomad says:

Awesome video, I’ve just come across your chanel, I’ll have to check it out some more! I’ve also started my own channel “Wandering Nomad”

Qris TV says:

i didnt hear how much the bags were. thanks for sharing

Isrrael Garcia says:

What backpack size can I use for traveling carry on only?

Carmine Galante says:

How would Gregory Cairn 58 would fit on men? I found one at a very good price but I’ m not sure if it would fit me…

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