Then I browsed through the travel blogs where people wrote about their experiences and pointed out key advice on how to pick a backpack that is suitable for the type of traveller that you are. (Thank you travel bloggers!) Armed with all of this knowledge I went shopping.
I wanted a backpack that was not the traditional traveller type. It was important to me to have something that I could also use in the city and not just hiking in the mountains. I limited myself to a max of 25 litre capacity. My previous backpack was 46 litres and that was too big even for my last extended trip of 2 months in South America. It turned out that even 22 litres is really surprisingly sufficient. I chose something that did offer different pockets and a place for my MacBook – even though I did not intend to carry it with me all the time. Furthermore, it was important to have a good back padding and especially good padding on the handles – so if you put it on your bare shoulders it will not cut you. I found this Hershel Supply 22 Litre backpack in an awesome print (horses) and just fell in love. It was cute and colourful and most importantly practical. I did have a momentary panic at the purchase counter thinking I might have been wrong on the size, however as it turned out the size was perfect. I managed to pack for one whole week of holiday in Jordan in just this backpack. For a girl – I thought it was the ultimate achievement. Not only did I sqeeze in all my hiking stuff – but also a few cute outfits for the evening.
My new LOVE found!