The best bags for camping June 24, 2021 – Posted in: Tips, Travel – Tags: , , ,

It’s that time of year again, winter is upon us, the school holidays are here and our minds begin to think of adventure.  The great outdoors are calling! In our latest Bags Only blog, we take a look at the best bags for camping.

Spoilt for choice

Suitcases, totes, duffle bags, wheel bags, travel backpacks, hiking backpacks, canvas bags – the baggage options available are endless for camping and hiking enthusiasts.  Like much of the advice we provide in our blogs, choosing an item which best suits the type of trip and destination is key.

Consider the weather, activities, campsite amenities and the length of your stay. These will influence the kind of gear you bring, and what you will need to pack them in!

For instance, if you’re multi-day hiking, minimal, lightweight camping gear is your best approach. Specialized hiking backpacks allow you to stow sleeping bags, hiking boots and incorporate hydration pack attachments, rain covers, dry bag compartments, and adjustable shoulder straps for comfort.

You can shop a large range of hiking backpacks, including Black Wolf and Caribee at our Bags Only Factory Outlet in Belmont, Geelong.

If you’re a family of four setting up camp in the bush, baggage that will keep your items dry is your best bet, so if the kids have hard carry on luggage cases, I’d be packing those! (and politely remind them to ensure all their clothes stay in it!)

What to Know Before Buying a Camping Bag

Size: The length of your getaway will often dictate the size of the bag.  Small trips, a 40 – 50 litre bag will be plenty big enough for your packed items.

Material: The lighter the better and today’s manufacturers do a really great job at providing lightweight options for travelers. Buying a waterproof and durable bag is a must, particularly if the area you’re traveling to is damp underfoot or expecting rainfall.  Canvas bags are great, they are durable and tough (Bells Beach Canvas Barrel bag is a great example). Hard case luggage will never let you down, transporting them over the bush terrain, not so much! Travel and hiking backpacks are a great choice, they are lightweight, waterproof and easy to transport.

Handles and Straps: Often a much underrated feature, is the shoulder strap. Purchasing a duffle bag or tote bag that a shoulder strap (in addition to the traditional carry handles) is very important.  Walking through an airport or hiking with the bag, you’ll want something with a shoulder strap!

Wheel Bags: For those that prefer a wheel bag, there are some great options available in-store and online. Wheel bags are big enough to store all your items, a lightweight and easy to outmaneuver. Pulling a wheel bag also allows to carry an additional backpack.

And Finally….

Here are a few essential items that will keep you comfy and safe!

First-aid kit. Accidents do happen, so be prepared! Well-stocked first-aid kits are affordable and a must have item!

A mobile or radio. Switching off is great, but make sure you do have a way of communicating with the outside world. Even if its accessing the weather app on your mobile, it could be a life saver!

Good quality camping gear. Don’t skimp on purchasing new luggage or bags for your winter trip. Do some research, ask questions and buy the bag or case that best suits your trip and future trips. This also goes for sleeping bags!

Don’t forget your pillow!

Camping is one of the best ways to get outside and a great family holiday option. Connect with nature, explore our beautiful surrounds or just spend some quality time with your family and friends.

Come in and visit us in-store and talk to our friendly staff who can point you in the right direction for your camping baggage choices. Find the nearest luggage store near you here.

Stay safe this winter!