A backpack is arguably the most important item I always bring, and I have exhausted my share of them. Sometimes they have turned sour on me. Most times I deserved it. I haven’t been the gentlest travel partner for them.
Whether it’s dusty or wet, cold or hot, rural or urban, every kind of place brings a different set of challenges for a backpack. Yet for all their diversity, excellence and flaws, I have learned to love each of my backpacks for its particular abilities, and I have learned what qualities to look for, the hard way.