Become one with your backpack…Hiking backpacks are built for “hiking.” This means they are designed for optimal comfort while trekking 20 miles up the mountain with 100lbs on your back. Hiking backpacks are are narrower and have a opening at the top like a sturdy sack. The narrow frame is designed to keep the weight centered on your back and the open top is so that you can pack your stuff as tight possible and to keep any rain out.
TIP – If you know you’re going to spend a lot of time hiking with your bag – say hitch hiking or trekking up a mountain, then you may want to go with a hiking back pack. If you’re like most travelers who use their bag from the airport or train to your hostel, hotel, or Airbnb, then you’ll be better off with a travel backpack.