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The Best Backpacks For Camping Trips

You don’t need a lot of luggage when you’re staying outdoors, but you do need bags that will last.

Things like tents and cooking utensils are significant conveniences for camping, but they aren't necessarily must-haves. A high-quality backpack that carries all your belongings and survival gear, however, is a necessity most campers, if not all, need. Here are the best backpacks to consider ahead of your next camping trip.

The North Face Vault Backpack
Durability is arguably the most important aspect, even more than size. | The North Face

Finding a suitable backpack for camping can be difficult because not all have the appropriate space and organization necessary that a camping trip can sometimes demand. The backpack you want for your next camping trip is one with optimal space but also one that has divided compartments for you to organize your belongings and essentials.

Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack
A truly great bag can go from the classroom or office to the trail and never look worse for the wear. | Mountaintop

When you can only bring one bag on a trip, a backpack with a seemingly unreasonable number of pockets is the way to go. It only seems unreasonable until you realize how much you need to bring with you and how you're going to organize it all.

TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack
Depending on the intensity of your adventure, you'll need a bag that is up to the task. | TETON

Comfort is a factor that can't be forgotten when considering a backpack for hiking, camping or any trips that require long treks with your sack strapped around your shoulders. Find a backpack that provides comfort in the shoulders and relieves stress in your lower back for an optimal experience.

G4Free Lightweight Packable Hiking Backpack
Luggage can be a headache when it comes to storing bags at home, but this one bucks that trend. | G4Free

A lightweight backpack is optimal for many reasons. For one, it's easy to transport; secondly, it allows you to bring more with you, as the initial load isn't so high.

HOMIEE Hiking Backpack 50L Travel Camping Daypack
Waterproof is great. We love things that are waterproof. But we also always love a little extra protection. | HOMIEE

Whenever you have an outdoor experience, it's important to bring with you a backpack that keeps everything inside — electronics and clothes, for example — dry and safe from the elements. For the most part, your lifeline is in these backpacks, so bring along one that'll protect everything you have.