How to Choose a Travel Backpack


The backpack is undoubtedly the ideal luggage of the independent traveller. It is practical and handy to be carried around on the shoulders on long walks and is resistant to typical mistreatment of a trip in style backpacker! The preferred model is the backpack suitcase with practice opening hinge that allows us to have on hand all content inserted without having to empty spaces when we seek an object instead, as happens in classic vertical opening backpacks.

Among the best backpacks that can be found on the market (for fabrics used, durability and ergonomic position for better weight distribution on his back) I suggest those of FERRINO, DEUTER , LOWE ALPINE or OSPREY on

In recent years, even among the backpacker, is spreading the use of backpacks suitcase trolley model. It is a hybrid travel baggage that can be dragged easily by hand (so handy for those trips in “easy” countries: Europe, North America, Australia, etc.) or brought to the shoulder just like a traditional backpack (in the case of travel more “challenging”).

Advantage: avoids the duty carry weight on your shoulder when you actually won’t be necessary.

Disadvantage: not very comfortable anatomical back & obviously is heavier than traditional backpacks suitcase.

Backpacks have capacities of contents measured in liters. Do not carry a backpack with capacity exceeding 75 liters species if you have to make long journeys and, above all, challenging and long stretches of road where the weight of the Backpack on your shoulders will be felt very soon!

In addition to the backpack is very convenient to have a backpack to carry around during stops along the way where to put your travel documents, tour guide, camera and other things that may be helpful. If you are passionate about photography and shot with a couple of goals, various filters and maybe even a pocket tripod, I suggest a photo backpack (among the top brands Council Lowe Pro or Tamrac).


For years, in my travels around the world join me a backpack bag NATIVE PLANET model LANDMARK (70 liters), unfortunately, no longer on the market. For a short time, for my shorter shifts or “comfortable” using a backpack trolley of OSPREY Shuttle model(80 litres). My photographic equipment is, instead, photo backpack LowePro Pro Runner II features three separate compartments: one for small items, a second with practical dividers to put their SLR cameras, lenses, various filters and other small accessories useful for my photo shoots (eg the tripod) and another for my MacBook.


– any t-shirt
– two or three pairs of jeans or light and practical pans in cotton
– a pair of shorts
– one or two sweaters
– swimsuit
– goretex jacket (for mountain hikes or cold and windy places)
– one or two shirts
– spare socks and briefs
– microfiber towel
– microfiber bathrobe
– a pair of hiking boots
– a pair of sandals
– bathroom Kit
– first aid kit (aspirin, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrheal, antibiotic, mosquito repellent, band-AIDS, mercurochrome, etc.)
– Swiss army knife
– sleeping bag (optional depending on your destination!)
– detergent gel in a tube (to make little bored there!)
– toilet paper (never granted in many countries!)
– plastic bag where you put your dirty laundry
– alarm
– universal adaptor
– ebook reader for reading and listening to music


Avoid delicate clothing or bring along valuable because it could easily be damaged during the trip. Rather, put in your backpack that old pair of jeans or those shirts that you don’t care that much. In some countries (eg. Morocco) I happened to have been stopped by boys in the mood for a chat that I was then asked if I had a cotton t-shirt to be treated as a bargaining chip! Bring a couple of extra t-shirts to give away. You will make the happiness of those who cannot easily afford them!


It is one of the most annoying shit can ruin a trip and I, unfortunately, happened in Uzbekistan after stopover in Rome Fiumicino! This happens especially during the summer when several large European airports unable to cope (often for obvious organizational problems) to the management board or transfer to other flights, baggage, passengers in time. Or it can happen that the tag ID of your backpack, put the check in attendant come off making it uncertain, if not impossible, the expedition on board your flight! Thus it can happen that the bag does not come with your flight but with the next one, or even lose abandoned in any airport where you made a transfer and there remains for a long time.

If the conveyor at the airport of arrival has not returned your luggage, you must immediately contact the person responsible for lost and found baggage conveyor belt usually located nearby. Give him the sticker of your baggage (baggage tag) that the guy at the check-in at the airport of origin of your flight stuck behind your boarding pass or behind the paper copy of the plane ticket. You will then fill out a complaint form (PIR: Property Irregularity Report) with the description and the contents of your luggage and you will be given a hard copy with an identification code of practice. The information that you have given about the recognition of your luggage (baggage type, color, size, etc.) will be sent to WorldTracer baggage tracing system that is at the service ofnumerous airlines. By entering this code in the website of the airline you fly you can update you on the status of the research of the baggage that has been lost.

The vast majority of lost luggage is found within 3 days of the complaint.

The traveler who wants to be compensated for lost or damaged baggage, must also submit a complaint to the airline within 21 days in the case of delay and within 7 days in case of damage and/or manimissione. Often they forget to perform this operation, comforted by the assurances of those responsible for lost and found that the baggage will be readily found and returned. You must however be careful at the time within which to make a complaint, because you may not receive compensation.

After 21 days of arrival at the airport, if the suitcase was not recovered, is considered officially lost. At this point you must send a registered letter to the airline with a description of damages, and also provides the evidence: list of objects contained in the baggage handed in, a copy of airfare, luggage missing receipt, copy of the complaint.

The Warsaw Convention of 1929 as amended by the Montreal Convention of 1999 establish different values and provide a refund per bag, regardless of the value of the asset lost (unless his declaration of greater value):

– For countries party to the Montreal Convention, for domestic and international flights, in case of destruction, loss or damage to baggage, both recorded by hand, the air carrier is liable for up to € 1167;

– For states that do not adhere to the Montreal Convention: in the event of loss or damage are entitled to compensation of up to 20 euros per kg, corresponding to approximately 20 euros.


Since it would be better to avoid going for very congested airports normally in summer or holiday season. In particular, Rome Fiumicino is reputed to delay, even weeks, delivery of your backpack to your final destination, but also Frankfurt and London Heathrow are no better. The latter leads the European airport for most lost luggage! If possible, choose to transit in European airports less trafficked but also more efficient, such as Vienna, Copenhagen and Zurich. If you can’t avoid the most congested hub, you want to avoid at all costs that the backpack will follow until the end of the trip, you can, but only if you have enough time while waiting for the connecting flight (at least 2 hours), pick up your backpack at the airport of transit instead of him to do the transfer, and then another check in for the final section of your trip.
Remember to affix a label on backpack with your permanent residence address and if possible with provisional one of your journey (i.e. hostel or hotel where you will spend the first few nights on arrival) and also with the flight number in the case of loss of the tag.
Finally, enter in your hand luggage, spare clothing and essentials like medicines.


If on arrival (at beginning or end destination of trip) in your backpack from the conveyor belt you find that your backpack was damaged (broken hinge, padlock missing, etc.) check first of all that inside you are not missing any of your belongings and then go to the company that deals with the baggage handling system for the airline I’ve flown (usually located next to the office lost & found) and denounced the corruption and also the possible theft. You will receive a form to fill out to get the free repair of your backpack or replacing it with a new one at the expense of the airline.