Buying Gear For Backpacking 

Buying Gear For Backpacking 

Every backpacking trip is different depending on the person and situation, so I’m going to share how to buy gear for your trip.

Quality & Durability– Assuming you’ll be using this gear for a long time, you want to buy something that will last. This means going with a dependable and recommended brand. Buying good quality gear will prevent a lot of stress. I couldn’t imagine my backpack ripping or breaking halfway through a trip and trying to buy one overseas. Besides having a good quality product, going with a recommended brand means that if something were to happen they may replace the item-so you’re paying for quality and service. Always read the reviews, look at the weight, and warranty. 


Price– Yes brand names are more expensive than buying a random cheap product off of Amazon. But you don’t need to break the bank-try shopping on holidays, find coupon codes, sign up to be a member and receive emails with offers, always shop clearance. You can still find affordable but good quality products. REI has a garage sale clearance regularly, as well as a bonus $20 coupon for members when you spend $100. If you’re on the petite side you may even be able to buy kids sized products like me. This saves a ton of money for the same features.

Efficiency– You want to buy products that you can use in multiple ways without buying a lot. For example: shoes. You only want two pairs, hiking/walking shoes that could also keep you warm, and sandals to wear around hostels or outdoors if you’re in a warm climate. Buying these two pairs of shoes you’ll be completely prepared. Make sure to apply the above points as well.