Choose the backpack for the Camino de Santiago is one of the most important decisions we must take before starting the adventure. They are several days between 20 and 25 kilometers every day and we must take into account a number of considerations.
- light and comfortable: backpack that we use on the road has to be light and comfortable, its empty weight should not exceed 1.5 – 2 kg. Always recommended not to carry our weight 10% so the weight of the backpack is a detail to take into account.
- size: we can fall into the temptation of carrying an oversized backpack to carry more things, but the most important is to choose the most suitable size according to the days of route and the time in which we are going to do the Camino de Santiago. Between 35 and 60 litres should find the most appropriate size for most of the year it would be enough to choose backpacks between 35 and 45 litres and only for the colder months of 50 and 60 litres as we will need more space for outerwear. The ideal is to go as light as possible, taking only the imperative to avoid unnecessary burdens that end up playing us a trick throughout the days.
- top tensioners: it is necessary to set them correctly so that everything you carry in your backpack remains stable during the walk.
- waterproof cover: must carry this plug-in the rucksack. During the entire length the chosen route it is likely that at some point you have to cope with the rain and a waterproof cover can prevent all your luggage from getting wet.
- shoulder straps adjustable and adaptable: to avoid muscle injuries and walk comfortably we must carry the backpack completely stuck to the back and so it is essential that you have straps adjustable and adaptable. Belt, belt of union of the shoulder straps, chest closure, shoulder straps to support hands and elastic straps to attach objects, are essential.
- back ventilation system: since the backpack must be attached to the back it is important that it has a ventilation system that will help to mitigate the inevitable sweating.
- external compartments: to avoid having to empty the backpack or having to rummage between luggage, it is recommended that the Backpack have external compartments that allow us to have easy access to objects or elements such as, for example, a bottle of water, sunscreen and a hat.
- Camelback: many backpacks include this plug-in. It is a hydration system that facilitates hydration in route.
- quality: is important that backpack materials have some minimum quality in terms of own seams as that show some resistance to abrasion.
- try it before leaving the: a few weeks before starting the Pilgrim’s test to prepare your luggage and walk with the estimated weight that you plan to take. This test will help you to measure your forces and rethink the weight in the case that it is excessive.
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