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.