Every adventurer knows that the quality of their gear can make or break the experience. You need sturdy shoes, a tough bag, and a few other essentials. If you’re in the market for a backpack, here are some that we like.

This list contains packs for long trips, short trips, day trips, and for men and women. And if a backpack for women sounds like a sales gimmick at first, these models prove otherwise. While backpacks are usually unisex (and that won’t make a difference for shorter treks), there are some intelligent design features that make it worth considering for longer treks. A backpack designed for women usually has a narrower frame, adjustable straps to hoist the bag into the right spot on your back, straps that won’t chafe across your chest, and hip belts that sit comfortably on your body.

Wildcraft Gangotri Plus
Wildcraft has a great range of bags named after glaciers and peaks in the Himalayas. This top-loading backpack is a winner, with its loops for trekking poles, sleeping bag, and anything else you need to carry. It comes with a hood, adequate external and internal pockets, rain/snow cover, drawstring opening, and padded straps. The pocket on top is really handy when it comes to stowing trail essentials like lip balm, sunscreen, energy bars, etc. The main compartment has a zippered flap that lets you divide it into two, so that you can put in shoes or sandals, or nightclothes and a toiletries bag that you might want to grab easily at the end of a long day.
Price: INR 6995
Sale price (on at time of writing): INR 5246


Deuter Midnight and Ocean
Also known as the Deuter Aircontact, this backpack is priced for those with deeper pockets. The ‘Air contact’ harness system keeps your back cool while you’re hiking, and adjustable hip belt that can be adjusted to your movements. This backpack comes with a compartment for your sleeping bag, aluminium internal frame, and a rain/snow cover. The most thoughtful feature, however, might just be the small pocket on the hip belt, which means you can reach items (like cash, etc) without having to swing it around. The top is expandable to include an extra 10 litres.
Price: INR 15,990

Wildcraft Hypadura
This nifty backpack is a great option for mid-length trips. It’s fairly light, weighing in at 1.96 kgs and with a decent capacity of 45 litres. The bag is built from Hypalon (for resistance to wear and tear) and Litecell foam padding (to help it breathe and wick moisture easily). The bag comes with pockets both inside and outside, side loops to lift easily, loops for sleeping bag storage, and a rain/snow cover.
Price: INR 6995
Sale price (on at time of writing): INR 4896


Deuter Air Contact Pro for Women
The Deuter Air Contact Pro has revised hip wings and flexible shoulder straps, making it easy to adjust to your own shape. It comes with attachments for ice axes or trekking poles, internal and external pockets, height-adjustable lid for the extra 10 litres, a large front opening for quick access to your stuff, and an Aircontact system, which helps hold weight closer to the body so that your legs (and not your shoulders) do the heavy lifting.
Price: INR 19,635

Tatonka Yukon
This backpack will be your best friend on the trail. It’s capacious, has the uber convenient front opening, and comes with an integrated rain cover to keep your stuff dry. It also has straps to control and adjust the load, a hip belt that can be adjusted with one hand, a removable section inside to separate the main compartment, and fixtures for hiking poles or axes. With multiple pockets both inside and outside, this bag packs in an extra punch with a signal whistle on the chest belt, lockable zip slider, and a lid compartment with key holder, and a handle on the front and back.
Price: INR 10,990
Sale price (on at time of writing): INR 5596


Wildcraft Eiger
Compact and packed with features, the Eiger backpack is ideal for weekend hikes and day use as well. It has removable aluminium stays for back support, and well-padded back and waist belts to keep it close to your body. The front pocket lets you access trail essentials quickly, and it comes with Velcro loops for trekking poles.
Price: INR 3495
Sale price (on at time of writing): INR 3395


Deuter Futura
Designed for day use on longer trips, or for day hikes, this bag carries your basics in a comfortable, easily-hoisted design. It comes with a rain cover, Aircomfort mesh to boost ventilation, a lightweight steel frame, and adjustable straps. In addition, the bottom compartment is separate from the main compartment, making it easy to keep essentials close at hand.
Price: INR 7490

Tatonka Skin Moneybelt
It’s not a backpack, but it’s a smart addition to any travel plans. This moneybelt is easily tucked into your luggage, to be used when needed. Whether you’re sightseeing in the city or trekking in the mountains, this belt will let you store valuables discreetly under your clothes. Just large enough for passport, cash, credit cards, hotel keys, and cell phone, the belt is ultra-flat and has an adjustable hip strap.
Price: INR 550

And here’s a bonus tip for you.

Lifestraw Go Personal Water Purifier Bottle
Imagine that you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, with the last few drops of water left in your bottle, staring at a natural pond filled with murky water, and wondering how much of a risk-taker you are. If you had the Lifestraw bottle, you’d be a happy camper.
This award-winning bottle by Vestergaard turns river or pond water into safe drinking water. It filters out 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoa including Giardia. Basically, you can use it to purify water from ponds and rivers, out in nature.
Price: INR 1790

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