10 Best Backpacks for your Hitchhiking Journey

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Your backpack is the most important part of your hitchhiking journey.
It is the most dependable companion on your journey, serving as your wardrobe, sleeping bag, protective gear, and, most likely, your best friend.

Investing your time and money in choosing a good backpack makes sense because you will be depending on it a lot more than you think.

For the last three years, my current backpack has been my best friend. It is robust, resilient, comfortable, and great for any terrain. It withstands rain, snow, and extreme heat, no matter what.

Based on our hitchhiking experience, we have made a compact list of the 10 best backpacks for your hitchhiking journey that will make it a memorable experience.

 So, let’s dive right in.

Here are 10 Best Backpacks for Your Hitchhiking Journey

Nomad Batura Phantom

Natura Nomad backpack

Size – 55L

Compartments – 

Raincover – Yes

Straps – Internal compression straps

Features

  • Easily adjustable straps
  • Front access to the main compartment
  • Kissing sliders on the front loader
  • Drinking bottle pockets on both sides
  • Hydration bag compartment

Price – 150$

This 55L backpack is ideal for medium to long term travel expeditions. The internal compression padded straps and hip belt make sure that the load is evenly distributed along your upper body to tread long distances without any discomfort. The front-loading panel makes it easy to access your stuff without any hassle. Made with lightweight 210D polyester dobby, this backpack is a real work-horse and will take anything the road has to throw at it.

Campz Mountain Pro

Campz mountain pro

Size – 80L + 10L

Compartments – 4 (2 outer side + bottom compartments)

Raincover – Yes

Features- 

  • Adjustable cover, internal and external pockets
  • Load control straps
  • Integrated drawstrings
  • Reinforced and padded back panel with air ducts
  • Size adjustment system with velcro fastener
  • Includes stuff sack

Straps- Breathable padded shoulder and hip belt

Price – 108$

This beast of a backpack is ideal for a small family with kids on an outdoor adventure and travel activity. The extra 10L space provides space for some extra gears to carry on your trip.

The detachable rain cover protects the backpack from any water seeping inside due to rain or foggy weather. The front-loading panel which opens from the side gives easy access to your essentials whenever you need them. It has got a separate lower compartment and is compatible with drinking systems.

Deuter Air contact Lite

Deuter Lite backpack

 Size – 65L + 10L

Compartments – 6 (2 outer side + 1 lower bottom compartment+ 1 expandable centre compartment+ Top lid pocket+ Pockets on hip belt)

Raincover – Yes

Features- 

  • Air contact back system
  • Vari Quick System (For easy adjustment to any back length)
  • X-frame body construction
  • Sternum strap (Stabilizes the pack on the shoulders)
  • H20 pocket (For keeping you hydrated on the go)
  • Loops for hiking pole attachment

Straps- Breathable padded shoulder and hip belt with ‘Triglide’ buckle for easy positioning

Price – 220$

The bestselling Air contact Deuter Lite has been made particularly for folks looking for more off the road adventures like hiking and trekking. With a comfortable carrying system, Vari-Quick back length adjustment, and gear attachment loops throughout, this pack will comfortably take you high above or miles into some of the most beautiful terrain you can find.  

Osprey Aether AG 60 Men’s Backpacking Backpack

Osprey Aether Backpack

Size – 60L

Compartments – 6 (2 outer side + 1 lower bottom compartment+ 1 expandable centre compartment+ Top lid pocket+ Pockets on hip belt)

Raincover – Yes

Features – 

  • Removable top-lid converts to Day Lid day pack
  • Top to bottom suspended mesh wraps shoulders, back and hips for a fully integrated back panel fit
  • Front stretch mesh pocket and zippered hip-belt pockets for quick storage
  • Side panel zip provides quick access to the main compartment

Straps- Breathable padded shoulder and hip belt 

Price – 240$

Osprey Aether AG is a perfect backpack for men looking to go on a hiking or trekking expedition. The extra 10L space makes sure you have enough space to carry any extra gears if needed.

The best thing about the backpack is the ‘detachable front lid’ which acts as a small backpack itself. This small pack comes in handy if you are looking to summit a nearby peak without having to worry about carrying the whole backpack.

Womens’ Osprey Ariel AG

Women's Osprey backpack

Size – 65L

Compartments – 6 (2 outer side + 1 lower bottom compartment+ 1 expandable centre compartment+ Top lid pocket+ Pockets on hip belt)

Raincover – Yes

Features – 

  • Removable top-lid converts to DayLid daypack
  • Dual front compression straps with straight jacket compression
  • Dual ice tool loops with bungee tie-offs
  • Zippered sleeping bag compartment with removable divider
  • Stow-on-the-go trekking pole attachment
  • Large front J zip access to front compartment

Straps- Breathable padded shoulder and hip belt with side pockets

Price – 185$

The Women’s Osprey Ariel AG(Anti-gravity) is specifically designed to offer a comfortable lightweight experience for women travellers. Osprey anti-gravity technology features a continuous suspended panel of light-weight mesh extending from the upper torso through the lumbar area of the pack and wraps the user in supreme comfort. The hip belts are customizable to any body size with the adjustable front clip to provide the best body fitting for women.

Kelty Redwing 44 Backpack

Kelty redwing 44L backpack

Size – 44L

Compartments – 1 interior slip+ 7 exterior 

Raincover – Yes

Features – 

  • Removable top-lid converts to DayLid daypack
  • Dual front compression straps with straight jacket compression
  • Dual ice tool loops with bungee tie-offs
  • Zippered sleeping bag compartment with removable divider
  • Stow-on-the-go trekking pole attachment
  • Large front J zip access to front compartment
  • Hydration sleeve

Straps- Breathable padded shoulder and hip belt with side pockets

Price – 125$

The Redwing 44L backpack is a perfect backpack for hitchhikers and travel enthusiasts for quick getaways. The 44L size is small, lightweight but at the same time provides enough space for clothes and gears that you need on a 2-3-day trip. The hydration sleeve makes sure your gadgets are completely safe from water seeping inside. Whether your journey takes you to the streets of Chicago or the canyons of Colorado, the Redwing 44 has you covered.

Women’s Osprey Aura AG 

womens osprey ag

Size – 65L

Compartments – 1 interior slip+ 7 exterior 

Raincover – Yes

Features – 

  • Top-loading main compartment with padded 3D suspension contouring promotes ventilation and upper body mobility
  • Upper and lower side compression straps reduce bulk and stabilize the load for optimal weight distribution and carrying comfort
  • LightWire™ peripheral frame connects the upper load lifters and the central core of the pack to the hip-belt to spread the load
  • Anti-Gravity ventilated mesh back panel contours automatically to the body, distributing weight and providing an outstanding fit
  • Adjustable harness and Fit-on-the-Fly™ hip belt allow you to fine-tune the fit for maximum comfort
  • The removable floating top lid contains 2 zippered pockets with web attachment points
  • Integrated FlapJacket™ protects contents from foul weather and rain during lidless use
  • Zippered hip-belt pockets and dual-access stretch mesh side pockets with InsideOut™ compression straps

Straps- Breathable padded shoulder and hip belt with side pockets

Price – 270$

A perfect backpack for women looking for a month-long adventure or travel. This 65L backpack has enough space for all your clothes and gears for weeks on the road. The adjustable padded shoulder, hip and front body strap ensure that the load is evenly distributed along your upper body and legs. 

Terra 65L Backpack 

Terra 65L backpack

Size – 65L

Compartments – 1 interior slip+ 7 exterior 

Raincover – Yes

Features 

  • The patent-pending Dyno Lift System™ doesn’t add weight and features self-equalizing, on-the-fly, adjustable load lifters
  • The ultra-comfortable back panel has a cushy foam package and breathable mesh
  • A bigger front stash pocket allows for more efficient storage
  • Floating lid for storing a sleeping bag or tent
  • Full J-zip for quick access to the pack’s contents
  • Supportive and comfortable moulded hip-belt
  • Proprietary OPTIFIT™ suspension system ensures a comfortable and secure fit
  • Hydration compatible

Straps- Breathable padded shoulder and hip belt with side pockets

Price – 189$

The Terra 65L backpack is built for comfort but at the same time, it ensures that you do not have to compromise on some essential stuff that you need on your hiking trip. The big front compartment and side pockets make it easy to keep your things organized throughout the journey, while the J-zip front opening ensures that you can easily access all your stuff at any time you want.

The North Face Banchee 65L Backpack

North face banchee- best backpacks for your hitchhiking journey

Size – 65L

Compartments – 1 main compartment+ 8 exterior pockets

Raincover – Yes

Features 

  • Breathable air-mesh shoulder straps and trampoline mesh back offer cool comfortable fit and load distribution
  • Top-loading compartment with floating top lid for extra stuff
  • Hydration sleeve and tube port
  • Features multiple compression straps, reflective accents, 2 tool keepers and 9 lash points
  • Full J-zip for quick access to the pack’s contents
  • Supportive and comfortable moulded hip-belt
  • Proprietary OPTIFIT™ suspension system ensures a comfortable and secure fit
  • Hydration compatible

Straps- Breathable padded shoulder and hip belt with side pockets

Price – 250$

The North Face Banchee 65L backpack is an ultralight backpack that can carry up to 40 pounds or more. The two large zippered vertical pockets at the front allow you to pack things that are oddly shaped like your slippers, freebies or camera gear. Considering the low weight of the backpack which is only 4 pounds, the backpack easily handles some reasonable weight. The adjustable compression straps and hip belt make sure you don’t feel the weight of your backpack pressing directly on your knees and back. 

Osprey Volt 60 

Opsrey volt 60

Size – 60L

Compartments – 1 main compartment+8 secondary compartments

Raincover – Yes

Features 

  • Torso adjustability as well as an adjustable fit-on-the-fly hip belt for a comfortable one-size-fits-all package
  • The ultra-comfortable back panel has a cushy foam package and breathable mesh
  • A bigger front stash pocket allows for more efficient storage
  • Zippered bottom sleeping bag compartment with floating divider
  • Full J-zip for quick access to the pack’s contents
  • Supportive and comfortable moulded hip-belt
  • Hydration compatible

Straps- Breathable padded shoulder and hip belt with side pockets

Price – 260$

The Osprey Volt backpack is ideal for hauling moderate to heavy loads on a backpacking, hiking or mountaineering trip. The air-mesh breathable shoulder straps with trampoline air-mesh padding at the back distribute the load evenly throughout the length of your torso. The adjustable shoulder straps and fit-on-the-hip belt makes this backpack suitable for people of all sizes without sacrificing comfort. Overall, this backpack is a bang for the buck and outperforms several expensive backpacks in the market.

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Choosing a good backpack for your hitchhiking journey is a time consuming process. Take your time researching for the right backpack until you narrow down on the one that has all the features for your hiking needs. Try on several backpacks by tossing some weight into it and see how comfortable it feels around your body. Follow the steps mentioned above, until you come across the best backpack for your hitchhiking journey that will last you for years and years.

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Aditya Bhosale
Hello there. For the past five years, I have worked as a travel blogger, photographer, and digital marketer. I packed my backpack, pulled up my socks, and have been wandering around the world wherever the roads lead me since quitting my mundane 9 to 5 job.

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