Travel packs and daypacks for your day of exploration
Gearing up for a trip? Picking the right backpack is an important step on the way, whether you’re looking for a carry-on to get you through the airport or a bigger duffle that’ll hold everything you need.
How to choose a backpack
Travel packs and daypacks vary widely, so it’s important to know what you’re looking for when you start shopping. Consider how you’ll be using your bag – will you be taking it out for daytrips to carry essentials, or will you be living out of it while you hop between hostels? Getting a bag that’s much bigger than you need might be inconvenient in the long run, but nobody wants to struggle stuffing their things away when it’s time to move. Make sure you know what you’re looking to pack before choosing your bag. Check out our travel checklist and article on how to pack a backpack if you need some guidance.
Keep an eye out for features that’ll make a bag the perfect choice for your trip. Do you need a laptop sleeve? A rain cover? How about a hydration pack? All of these options and more can make a big difference in how much your backpack is adding to your travel experience.
Finally, make sure your pack is the right size for you. Come into a MEC store to try before you buy, or if you’re ordering online, check out our backpack sizing guide for information on how to size a backpack yourself to ensure maximum comfort.