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A Quick Guide To South Africa’s National Parks

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South Africa has a lot of amazing national parks and places to visit. Although we try our best, its difficult to cover every single detail about these parks. In fact, you can likely write books about many of these places.  It is far from complete and the guide is still growing. 

If you feel we left something out, feel free to reach out and suggest changes or contribute. 

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Addo Elephant National Park

Overview

Located 72 kilometers from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province, The Addo Elephant National Park is the third largest park in South Africa. The Addo region surrounds the Sundays River, which has its entrance at the mouth of the Indian Ocean.

The park was established in 1931 to protect 11 Elephants on the brink of extinction. Today, the thick bushveld is the sanctuary of hundreds of elephants, as well as Cape buffalos, endangered black rhinos, Transvaal lions, spotted hyenas, a variety of antelope species, hundreds of bird species and the endangered flightless dung beetle.

Mile after mile of the Sundays River Valley is vegetated with evergreen citrus trees that bear fruit all winter and fragrance the air with their blossoms in spring. Interesting fauna and flora can also be found in the Zuurberg Mountains, which falls within the park, such as three rare cycad and two yellowwood species.

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The largest remaining population of the flightless dung beetle (Circellium bacchus) is located within the park.

Must See/To Do

Game Drives

Visitors can choose between guided game drives, hop-on guides and self-drive game viewing. Two-hour guided game drives take place in the morning, afternoon and night, as well as at sunrise and sunset. Visitors are also allowed to view wildlife from their own vehicles and local hop-on guides are available to accompany them.

Horse Trails

Visitors have the choice of two horse trails: the Addo Horse Trails (where large game can be viewed from horseback) and the Zuurberg Horse Trails (which does not provide encounters with wildlife but instead offers beautiful scenic views from the mountains.

4x4 Trails

The Bedrogfontein 4x4 trail provides breathtaking views and is rich in history. This route was the scene of fierce battles between the Afrikaner and British and Afrikaner troops during the Anglo-Boer war. Rock art paintings can be viewed throughout the area. From the route a variety of the South African vegetation types can be observed, including riverine thicket, afromontane forest, fynbos and arid nama-karoo.

Hiking Trails

The park offers numerous hiking trails. The Alexandria Hiking Trail is a 32 kilometer, two-day circular trail – with the first day covering a distance of 18.5 kilometers and the second day a distance of 13.5 kilometers. Shorter hiking trails are also available. One-hour and three-hour trails can be hiked in the Zuurberg Mountains, while the PPC Discovery Trail is a short walk in the main camp.

Marine Eco Tours

Visitors interested in seeing a great white shark and/or southern right whale might want to partake in a Marine Eco-tour.

Picnic

Day visitors can enjoy something to eat in the picnic area.

Sources:

The Addo Area, Woodall, Wikipedia, South African National Parks

Agulhas National Park

Overview

Situated at the southernmost tip of Africa in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, the Agulhas National Park stretches for 45 kilometers along the coastline, from east to west, and extends up to 25 kilometers inland. The cold Benguela current, of the South Atlantic Ocean, and warm Agulhas current, of the southwest Indian Ocean, meet at the edge of the Agulhas Bank.

Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias was the first to discover the southernmost tip of Africa on 16 May 1488. In 1999 the Agulhas National Park was declared as a formal protected area not only because of its geographical location, but also to protect the lowland Fynbos, the unique wetland systems, the rich cultural heritage aspects and the diverse marine life of the area.

Cape Agulhas Coast is known as the Graveyard of Ships because numerous shipwrecks of early explorers – attempting to conquer the wild seas off the southern tip of Africa – dot the coastline. The navigators of the 1400’s to the 1700’s, who discovered the sea route around the southernmost tip, observed the sun at noon when it passed the meridian and found that the magnetic compass pointed to true north. Today it points some 25 degrees west of true north.

In the 1700s the Europeans settled as stock farmers in the area and pioneered the merino wool farming industry in South Africa.

Hiking Trails

Agulhas National Park offers two hiking trails. The circular Two Oceans Hiking Trail covers a total distance of 10.5 kilometers, which takes four to five hours to complete. However, two alternative routes with shorter distances are offered on the trail. The circular Rasperpunt Hiking Trail covers a distance of 5.45 kilometers and takes three hours to complete.

To get the most out of your hiking adventure, plan ahead and get a backpack that wont let you down. Check out our in-depth guide to help you find the best backpack: Tested & Proven: Best Backpacks for Hiking Reviewed (2017)

Sources

Information supplied by the Agulhas National Park, Wikipedia, South African National Parks

Kruger National Park

Overview

In the heart of the Lowveld, nestled between South Africa’s northeastern provinces Limpopo and Mpumalanga and bordering Zimbabwe and Mozambique, the iconic Kruger National Park is the largest national park in South Africa and one of the largest national parks in the world. The park is approximately 352 kilometers long and has an average width of 60 kilometers.

The park was first proclaimed in 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve by the then president of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger, and later expanded into the Kruger National Park in 1926. The park was initially created to regulate hunting and protect the diminished number of animals in the park.

In 1927 the first three tourist cars entered the park. Today, hundreds of thousands of local and international tourists enter through the park’s nine gates each year – hoping to catch a glimpse of Africa’s Big Five (the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and rhinoceros).

Income from tourism and trading activities generates more than R200-million per year, and the Kruger Park plays a major role in the Lowveld's economy.

Park & Ride

Visitors eager to spot the Big Five can make use of the "Park and Ride Scheme."

Hiking Trails

The Kruger National Park offers several trails through its wilderness areas and has numerous rest camps. The duration of all the wilderness trails is two days and three nights. Longer backpacking trails, lasting four days and three nights, are also available. 

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Guided Walks

The park’s guests can take advantage of early morning and afternoon guided walks, where two armed field guides accompany a small group of guests to share their knowledge of the fauna and flora to explain natural wonders.


Game Drives

Morning-, sunset and night drives are available.

4x4 Trails

The park offers several self-drive 4x4 routes ranging in distance from 48 kilometers to 500 kilometers. A guided one-night, motorized adventure trail is also available.

Mountain Bike Trails

Mountain bikes are supplied to visitors, who can then cycle the unspoiled bush along with two armed field guides.

Golf

Surrounded by the rich wildlife sanctuary, the Skukuza Golf Course sits unfenced within the park – allowing for uninvited spectators to make their appearance during a round of Golf.

Bird Watching

The park has an abundance of avifauna viewing opportunities. Some of the bird species in the park cannot be found anywhere else in South Africa.

Bush Braais

A game drive takes visitors to an open area filled with burning lanterns and fires where, whilst listening to the sounds of the bushveld and the distant animals calling, the food is grilled on open fires.

What to Bring:

There is definitely no shortage of fun-filled activities at Kruger National Park. However, as with any visit to a new place, you need to do your research to make sure you make the most out of your time here. While you certainly can bring suitcases full of stuff to visit Kruger, one of the best ways to get in tune with the natural world is through coming with the bare minimum. By only bringing the bare minimum, you will have more of a chance to directly experience the wonders of the natural world all around you. Ultralight backpacking is a growing trend in the backpacking world and is perhaps the best way to enjoy Kruger National Park. Check out our complete guide to help you choose the absolute best ultralight backpack.


Sources:

Wikipedia, South African National Parks, SANParks Annual Report 2014/2015, Kruger National Park

Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Overview

Located at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State Province of South Africa, near the Lesotho border, Golden Gate Highlands National Park was officially proclaimed on the 13 September 1963. The park is more renowned for the beauty of its landscape, which offers panoramic views, than for its wildlife.

The grassland biome of the park is pierced by multi-hued, eroded sandstone cliffs and outcrops. Golden Gate derives its name from the color of the setting sun on the west facing sandstone cliffs, especially the picturesque Brandwag Buttress cliff. The park also features the spectacular Cathedral Cave – a 250 meter long and 50 meter deep cavern carved into the sandstone over millions of years by water, wind and fluctuations in temperature.

During the 1800s the plains around Golden Gate was swarming with game – most of which were migratory in nature. Today, the highland habitat is the refuge of a variety of mammals (mostly antelope species), birds, snakes and fishes. The rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) and the equally rare bald ibis can be found in the park.

The Museum Tour displays a depiction of the architecture and life style of the Basotho people from as early as the 16th century to the present day.

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Games

The Golden Gate Highlands Hotel offers a tennis court, volleyball and mini soccer ball.

Sources:

South African National Parks, Wikipedia

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Overview

Situated west of the southern African subcontinent in the Kalahari Desert, the second largest desert in Africa, lies the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The park straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana, and borders Namibia to the west. Approximately three-quarters of the park lie in Botswana, called the Gemsbok National Park, and one-quarter lies in South Africa, called the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park.

The Park was proclaimed in 1931 to protect migrating animals from poaching. Kgalagadi means "land of the thirst." The park is characterized by red dunes, camel thorn trees and dry riverbeds. Two predominantly dry rivers run through the park – the Nossob and Auob Rivers, which are said to flow only once per century.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is especially renowned for watching predatory animals. Mammals, like Namibian cheetahs, leopards, brown- and spotted hyenas and the black-maned Kalahari lions, as well as birds of prey, like raptors, vultures, buzzards and secretary birds, are popular attractions. Seasonal migrating animals, such as blue wildebeest, springbok, eland and red hartebeest, can also be found in the park.

There are an estimated 450 lions, 150 leopards, 200 cheetahs, 600 brown hyenas and 375 spotted hyenas in the park.

Sources:

South African National Parks, Wikipedia

Namaqua National Park

Overview

Namaqua National Park is situated in the western part of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, just south of the Namibian border. The park is part of the Namaqualand region, which falls within the semi-desert Succulent Karoo biome – a biodiversity hotspot with the largest concentration of succulent plants in the world.

The Namaqua National Park was proclaimed on 29 June 2002 for the purpose of conserving the rich diversity of succulent plants. However, people have long since been visiting the area to admire its renowned “carpets” of colorful wildflowers. The landscape, with its breathtaking beauty and contrasting colors, is also a photographer’s paradise.

After the winter rains, tourism peaks during springtime (August and September) when a burst of spring wildflowers appear. Most of the wildflower species are protected under law and visitors who decide to pick themselves a bouquet will face fines.

Seventeen percent of Namaqualand’s plant species are listed as Red Data species.

4x4 Trail

The Caracal Eco Route stretches from the mountains to the coastline to allow visitors to experience a wide range of Namaqua habitats. The distance of the route range from 176 kilometers to 200 kilometers, depending on which tracks are selected.

Mountain Biking

Even though there are no formal mountain biking trails in the park, there are a wide range of roads and terrains which visitors can cycle.

Hiking Trails

The park has two hiking trails (5 kilometers and 3 kilometers) from which visitors can view flowers, as well as a longer hiking trail (6 kilometers) along the coastline.

Bird Watching

Species to search for include Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Cape Long-billed Lark, Karoo Lark, Black-headed Canary and Cape Bulbul.

Picnic

Picnic sites are available throughout the park. Make sure you bring a cooler to keep all your food fresh and your drinks cool. Take a look at this article to find all the best camping coolers available today. 

Sources:

South African National Parks, Wikipedia


Garden Route National Park

Overview

There are few places anywhere on the African continent where you can find such diverse beauty as at the Garden Route National Park. This massive national park has over 150,000 hectares and includes diverse ecosystems from coastal areas where you´ll be able to explore sea caves containing evidence of prehistoric civilizations and watch killer whales swim close to the shore to strings of crystal mountain lakes.

Garden Route National Park is perhaps one of the most diverse areas to explore in South Africa and offers several different ways to explore the park. From weeklong backpacking adventures to canoeing and kayaking, to 4x4 vehicle tours throughout the park, there are several different ways to discover this truly unique and one of a kind place.

Unique Facts and Figures

· Garden Route National Park is made up of over 157,000 hectares

· The Indian Ocean borders the park to the south while the Tsitsikamma, Langkloof and eastern Outentiqua Mountain ranges form other boundaries of the park to the north.

· The area of Garden Route National Park has been occupied by human inhabitants for over 125,000 years.

· Near Klasies Rivers, a number of sea caves containing archaeological artefacts such as stone tools and human skeletons have been found and explored.

· The indigenous San People arrived in the area over 20,000 years ago.

· The area first gained protection in 1964 with the proclamation of the Tsitsikamma National Park.

· In the deep evergreen forests of the park you can find Outeniqua yellowwoods which are massive trees that are easily 800 years old or older.

· Vervet monkeys and even leopards are some of the wildlife you can find in the mountainous regions of the park.

· On the coast it isn´t uncommon to spot bottlenose dolphins, otters, and even killer whales.

· While there is plenty of nature to explore throughout the Garden Route National Park, there are also plenty of beautiful towns with art galleries, golf courses, and craft breweries to help you recover from time well spent in the wilderness.

Must See/To Do

One of the best parts of the Garden Route National Park is that no two people ever experience it exactly the same. The diversity of recreational options along with the diverse ecosystems that make up the park mean that you can literally spend a lifetime exploring all that this park has to offer. While some people may choose to lounge on the beautiful beaches of the warm Indian Oceans, other may hike through rugged evergreen forests trying to spot some of the most iconic wildlife in the park. Still others might seek out the Bohemian nightlife of the beautiful towns while others will head to the rocky cliffs to try and spot humpback whales and other sea creatures. With so much to do at Garden Route National Park, it is hard to focus our attention on a few activities. Nonetheless, below we offer a few ideas of the best ways to enjoy this truly miraculous national park.

Hiking Garden Route National Park

While there are several different 4x4 roads that will allow you to explore the vast areas of the park, the best way to enjoy the natural wonders of this beautiful area is through allowing your own two feet to carry you through some of the hundreds of miles of trails that criss cross the park. For true adventure seekers, the Slackpacker Trail is 63 km of pure wonder that will allow you to experience the several different ecosystems the park has to offer. From beautiful sandy beaches to coastal thickets and dune forests, this several day adventure will let you experience several aspects of the Garden Route. You will also get to canoe down the Touws River for a couple hours during one stretch of the trail, refreshing yourself in the cascades and quality swimming holes.

For people who want to hike Garden Route National Park but don´t feel up to the challenge to take on 63 km, the Dune Mole Rat Trail is a 6 kilometer trail that weaves through wetlands where you´ll be able to catch sight of hundreds of different bird species. For avid birdwatchers, this is a trail that you don´t want to miss.

Finally, another hiking trail we´d recommend is the Elephant Walk where you´ll be guided through elephant trails that meander throughout the Diepvalle Forest. If you´re lucky, you might even find one of the forest elephants in their natural habitat.

The Garden Route from the Air

After hiking through the thick forests and beautiful beaches of the Garden Route, another way to explore this unique area is by getting a bird´s eye view. There are several different tour operators that offer aerial tours of the park, both by airplane, helicopter, and hot air balloon. With small airports located throughout the region, you can even plan out your own trip and stop down at one or several areas throughout the park. If you are looking for a truly unforgettable experience, consider signing up for a hot air balloon ride early in the morning as you will be able to watch the sun rise over the Indian Ocean as the mountains and forests to the west light up with the morning colors.

Learn the Archaeological History of the Area

The history of the Garden Route National Park goes back hundreds of thousands of years and is one of the places throughout Africa to dive into the rich and varied history of the area. While you can find several small museums throughout the park and its surroundings, one of the best ways to learn about the history is through taking a guided 5 day hike along the Hunter Gatherer Trail.

Besides the absolutely stunning scenery you will encounter, you will also enjoy a wealth of information that your tour guide will offer related to the archaeological and geological history of the region. Stone Age workshops that you encounter along the path will allow you to discover what types of tools the ancient Khoisan people used to use to survive

Mountain Biking through Garden Route National Park

Another great way to explore this beautiful national park is by bike. There are hundreds of miles of dirt roads that you can explore without having to worry about too much traffic outside the occasional jeep tour that you might encounter. One of the best bike trails worth exploring is the Harkerville Red Route. This roughly 22 km trail will take you along the Harkerville coastline offering breathtaking views of the rocky coast below. While the trail is rather strenuous, you will also enjoy biking through some old growth, indigenous forest before emerging from the woods with views of the Indian Ocean.

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour

Who wouldn´t enjoy flying through the tree line that you share with monkeys and other forest life? The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour is an absolutely fantastic way to explore the forest canopy where you are likely to encounter tucacos, monkeys, and all other types of birds and wildlife that live up off the forest floor. While this is definitely an adrenaline type experience, you will also learn plenty about the beauties of South Africa´s indigenous forests.

Table Mountain National Park

Overview

Situated in the city of Cape Town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, Table Mountain National Park is a uniquely urban nature reserve – fragmented by urban development and privately owned land. Beaches, bays, valleys, forests the Cape of Good Hope and the famous Table Mountain are all incorporated into the park.

Table Mountain National Park was proclaimed on 29 May 1998 to protect the natural environment of the Table Mountain Chain. In 2011, Table Mountain was declared as one of the world's new seven wonders of nature. The mountain and acclaimed landmark offers spectacular views of Cape Town as well as unique flora. Table Mountain National Park is part of the Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site.

The other two sections of the park are the Silvermine-Tokai section and the Cape Point section. The Silvermine-Tokai section was formed from the Tokai State Forest and the Silvermine Nature Reserve. The Cape Point section covers the most southern area of the Cape Peninsula and includes Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope.

Unique Facts and Figures

  • The park includes 25,000 hectares of the Cape Peninsula Protected Natural Environment, as well as 1,000 km² of the seas and coastline around the peninsula.

  • Because the park has open access, it is the most visited of all National Parks – with 4.2 million visitors annually.

  • The park has 8,200 plant species – of which around 80% are fynbos. Many of the plants found in the park are endemic.

  • The Cape Floral Kingdom is the only kingdom confined to one continent.

  • Table Mountain National Park is included as part of the UNESCO Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site.

  • The main feature of Table Mountain is the level plateau, which is approximately 3 kilometers from side to side.

  • The highest point on Table Mountain is towards the eastern end of the plateau and is 1,086 meters above sea level.

  • Table Mountain National Park and Cape Town have a Mediterranean climate – characterized by typically hot, dry summers and short, wet, yet mild winters.

Must See/To Do

The Cape of Good Hope

The top tourist destination is rich in cultural and natural heritage. Wildlife, including eland, red hartebeest, bontebok and zebra, are found in the area. Visitors can visit the two lighthouses situated at the most southwestern point in Africa. Cape of Good Hope also offers hiking, surfing, angling, picnicking, beaching and cycling opportunities. Free guided walks are also available at Cape Point. The Cape of Good Hope Hiking Trail is an overnight hiking trail.

Boulders Penguin Colony

A colony of endangered, land-based African penguins can be viewed at the Boulders section of the park, which is situated in Simons Town. There are also three beaches and three boardwalks in the area.

Table Mountain

The mountain offers a variety of hiking trails – ranging from light strolls to rigorous hikes. The summit of the mountain provides spectacular views of the city, while the ascent takes visitors through the ancient, indigenous Afromontane forest. A shortcut to the top of Table Mountain is also available via the Table Mountain Arial Cableway.

Lion’s Head

Lion's Head is the peak to the right of Table Mountain when facing it head on and offers a short but popular hike with 360 degree views of the Atlantic seaboard, the city and Table Mountain. It has become popular to hike Lion’s Head in groups during full moon.

Signal Hill

Signal Hill, the Northern-most tip of the terrestrial area of the park, is a popular viewpoint which offers excellent views of the city and harbor. It is from here that the noon day gun marks 12:00 in Cape Town.

Silvermine

Silvermine offers some of the best hiking trails in the park, which passes by fynbos landscapes, a dam, a river and a waterfall. Bird spotting, picnics, dog walking and mountain biking are also favorite activities in the area.

Beaches

Table Mountain National Park has a variety of diverse beaches on offer.

Fishing/Extractive Diving

The Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area is a popular fishing area for shore and boat-based fisher people as well as extractive divers.

Scuba Diving

The Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area is a scuba diving haven. What makes the area popular among divers is the numerous wrecks that scatter the coastline as well as the six restricted areas ("no take" zones) that have been established as breeding and nursery areas for marine species. Popular dive sites include the Maori wreck off the Sentinel in Hout Bay, Oudekraal on the Atlantic Seaboard and Miller's Point and Smitswinkel in False Bay.

Surfing/Windsurfing/Kite Boarding

A plethora of rocky points, reefs, beaches and open ocean Atlantic swell provide numerous breaks that work in different conditions.

Rock Climbing

Table Mountain, with its rocky ledges and huge boulders, attract climbers from all over the world.

Picnic/Braai

The park has numerous picnic and braai (to grill on open flames) areas.

Hang/Paragliding

There are numerous designated launch areas in the park, including Lion's Head and Silvermine.

Horse Riding

Popular horse riding areas include Tokai, Noordhoek Beach and Black Hill.

Forest Walks

Apart from Table Mountain’s Afromontane Forest, the park also includes Newlands Forest, Orange Kloof in Hout Bay and Echo Valley and Spes Bona on the Muizenberg mountains.

Sources:

South African National Parks, Wikipedia, Siyabona Africa

Seven Amazing Things to See in Yosemite

The Unending Beauty of Yosemite National Park


Imagine visiting a national park where over 95% of the close to 750,000 acres were designated as pure wilderness. Now imagine the fact that the vast majority of the four million people each year who visit only spend their time in the seven square miles that make up Yosemite Valley.


Despite being one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States, much of Yosemite still remains an unexplored wilderness.


Yosemite National Park is filled with breathtaking mountain ranges, waterfalls, mountain lakes, glaciers, and towering redwood forests. There is truly something for everyone in this impressively picturesque World Heritage Site, and we´ll take you through seven of the most amazing things to see in Yosemite.




Hike Yosemite Falls


Yosemite Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the United States dropping close to 2,500 feet from the top fall to the lower fall. For the more adventurous of people, you can take a strenuous several mile hike up to the top of waterfall enjoying gorgeous views along the way.


Spring is by far the best time to visit when the snow melt and extra rains bring the waterfall to a crashing roar. If you do hike to the top, you can even wade in the river only feet from where it eventually crashes over 1,000 feet downwards to the second fall.



Hike Half Dome


Half Dome is another daunting adventure for backpackers and hikers alike. The granite dome that juts up into the sky is rounded on three sides but a sheer granite face on one side, thus giving it its name.


An incredibly strenuous 8.5 mile hike will take you to the top of Half Dome via hundreds of stairs carved into the granite rock. Alternatively, for the truly adventurous, you can choose to mountain climb the sheer granite face on Half Dome´s northwest face.



Take Your Kids Gold Panning


California used to offer the promise of striking it rich during the hay days of the California Gold Rush. Today you can still find a number of rivers where gold can be found if you bring the right patience and skills.


The Main Fork of the Merced River is one of the best places in the park to search for gold. You will need to bring your own panning equipment, though there are several nearby stores that will sell you what you needed to try and strike it rich.


Climb the Nose of “El Capitan”


For adrenaline junkies, what could be better than trying to climb up a 7,500-foot granite monolith that offers more than 3,000 feet of free fall to the valley floor below? El Capitan is a massive rock formation located in the northern part of Yosemite Valley.


Even experienced mountain climbers often need a minimum of five days to complete the climb, so make sure you plan accordingly.



Drive Through Tioga Pass


For people who aren’t up for climbing up steep mountain faces, Yosemite still offers access to beautiful, breathtaking panoramic views. The Tioga Pass is a mountain pass through the Sierra Nevada mountains that approaches 10,000 feet.


Route 120 drives right through the pass and is the eastern entrance way into the park. Leave early in the day to get the best views.



Walk Through a Grove of Sequoias


The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias will help you put your size in perspective. During a leisurely walk through the old growth forest you can even walk through a massive tunnel carved out of a dead sequoia.


For a more secluded experience the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias is just up the road.



Watch a Sunset from Olmsted Point


One of the best places to watch a sunset in Yosemite National Park is at Olmsted Point which is an overlook off of the Tioga Road that offers a wonderful view into the canyon with views of Half Dome and other lakes. Olmsted Point offers some of the best views of the park for those who aren’t willing or able to scale mountain faces.



Final Thoughts


Yosemite National Park is without a doubt one of the most beautiful national areas of the United States. Whether you are looking for the adrenaline of free climbing El Capitan or want to drive to Tioga Pass to enjoy the views, Yosemite has adventures waiting for everyone.

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Best Wheeled Backpack with Removable Daypack

The best way to enjoy traveling is to pack light – this means unless you are brining an EDC, you have to bring a bag and your belongings that are not heavy so that you can walk around and commute to your destination with ease. When talking about packing light things, you do not have to compromise the capabilities of the bag you will use. You have the option of wearing a backpack or better yet, try a wheeled backpack with removable daypack. It does not only help you pack light for your travels, but it also helps organize your belongings for maximum efficiency while you’re out.

Here are some of the best wheeled backpacks with removable daypack to consider:

Our Top Picks At A Glance:

Note: The links above & below will take you to more information, current prices and customer reviews on Amazon.

Osprey Ozone Convertible 22"/50L Wheeled Luggage

Osprey Ozone Convertible 22"/50L Wheeled Luggage

Osprey's Ozone Convertible 50L/22" is made with 210D Nylon Shadow Bow with ultra light 6001 aluminum frame, making this a travelling chameleon. It can be converted with ease from a wheeled bag to a backpack without losing the full suspension system. On top of that, it is still carry-on compatible. The Osprey's Highroad LT Chassis integrates the robust ABS plastic back plate. It has a lightweight aluminum frame to ride on sealed and huge bearing wheels for simple rolling even on bumpy roads. It also comes with a huge front zippered panel pocket and a back pocket that has drain port for damp storage. Likewise, there’s a detachable Ozone Convertible Daypack with the main compartment having secured storage for a laptop or other gadgets. It has a front panel pocket and a zippered pocket that can efficiently hold and secure small items.


Eagle Creek Load Warrior 22 Inch Carry-On Luggage

Eagle Creek Load Warrior 22 Inch Carry-On Luggage

The Load Warrior from Eagle Creek is designed to help users by offering maximum durability while being lightweight to carry. It is a great wheeled backpack for all sorts of adventures. It features an “Equipment Keeper” where you can strap the gear to the top of the bag, expandability and lash points for gear attachment. It also has the “Porter Key bottle opener”. It is built with a very durable Exo-Skeleton (450D Geo Ripstop, 210D Exo Skeleton, and 450D Helix Poly) that is seamlessly fabricated with the backpack. It has strategic reinforcement of wear points and this assures you that it was made to last for long time. These bags are covered by the Eagle Creek warranty, which they labeled as “No Matter What Warranty”. This covers the Lifetime Warranty as well as replacement or repair because of product failure during the product lifetime, regardless of the cause.


Samsonite Luggage MVS Spinner Backpack

Samsonite Luggage MVS Spinner Backpack

This Samsonite Luggage MVS Spinner Backpack can be wheeled around with four spinner wheels. This backpack is designed to be sturdy and of course, functional with easy and convenient maneuverability. This model can be considered a grab-and-go wheeled backpack that can withstand the pressures of travel. It is constructed using nylon and Ripstop polyester making it strong and lightweight that can resist wear and tear. Aside from durability, this wheeled backpack features several compartments that you can utilize for your organization. It has a checkpoint friendly laptop padded compartment with separate side opening just for the laptop. Its main zippered compartment is secure, spacious and organized.


High Sierra AT7 Carry-On Wheeled Backpack

High Sierra AT7 Carry-On Wheeled Backpack

This wheeled backpack has a large design with multiple compartments. It has a fully-padded sleeve that you can use for laptops or tablets, integrated “Tech Spot” tablet computer sleeve, huge side pockets that can hold a beverage or other gear, has recessed and telescoping handle that comes with amazing locking mechanism. This backpack has padded straps that are stowed behind the zippered back panel of the main compartment. It features the “Sure-Grip” top handle that is tucked down flat when not in use. It has reflective piping giving additional safety. It also has custom unibody which offers the bag maximum stability and durability.


Conclusion

Whether travelling to new uncharted regions or to your regular secluded spots, you have to bring your essentials in your luggage. You can bring them using a backpack but make sure that you pack lightly. It is best to enjoy your trip without having to worry about the things you bring along. You have the option of using a backpack or try the wheeled backpack. These wheeled backpacks offer ease of organization similar to regular backpacks but make carrying the bag easy and comfortable as you walk around or commute. There are no one-size-fits all wheeled backpacks, but you can find the right one for your needs based on your budget and the various features you desire. Keep looking online and you’re sure to find the right one!

Best Wheeled Backpack with Laptop Compartment

Back then, it was only businessmen who needed to carry mobile phones and gadgets whenever they travelled. Nowadays, bringing your laptop and your gadgets while you travel is a necessity. This is why travel backpacks now have a padded compartment for laptops of varying sizes. In fact, even the wheeled backpacks were designed to have such compartments. This simply means you do not have to bring an additional laptop bag to keep your laptop and precious digital files and data. Since most backpacks are designed to be carry-on bags during flight transport, you can have your laptop with you during the flight and/or bring it anywhere you go.

Here are some of the best wheeled backpacks with laptop compartment that you can consider for your next trip.

Our Top Picks At A Glance:

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High Sierra AT7 Carry-On Wheeled Backpack

High Sierra AT7 Carry-On Wheeled Backpack

The High Sierra AT7 Carry-On Wheeled Backpack is affordable, and offers value for money for computer backpacks. It is large multi-compartmented and capable of keeping a laptop and a tablet in separate compartments. It has a dedicated “Tech Spot” sleeve for tablets, as well as large side pockets for beverages and other gears. The recessed handle telescopes to full length with a proprietary locking mechanism. As a backpack, it has padded straps hidden in a zippered panel at the back of the main compartment. The “Sure Grip” handle is on top of the compartment and is flush to the body when not in use. Added stability and durability is provided by the unique unibody designed wheel housing. You can carry this backpack for extended periods and not feel any discomfort.


Samsonite Luggage Mvs Spinner Backpack

Samsonite Luggage Mvs Spinner Backpack

The Samsonite Luggage MVS Spinner Backpack is equipped with four spinner wheels, allowing it to be more maneuverable than most luggage bags. Designed for functionality, ease of use, and convenience, this backpack can also withstand the pressures of commercial travel where you would expect the bags to be handled roughly. Made of nylon and Ripstop polyester also makes this strong, lightweight, durable as well as highly resistant to travel’s wear and tear. Inside are various compartments to organize your clothes and things, including a padded laptop compartment with additional side openings. The main compartment is secure and spacious. This is a great backpack to invest in, especially if you’re a serious traveller.


Eagle Creek Load Warrior 22 Inch Carry-On Luggage

Eagle Creek Load Warrior 22 Inch Carry-On Luggage

The Eagle Creek Load Warrior 22-inch Carry-on Luggage is designed to be lightweight while maintaining maximum durability. It is a wheeled backpack which works well for traveling adventures. It has an “Equipment Keeper” to strap your gear on top of the bag, with lash points for expandability. Another unique feature is the “Porter Key bottle opener”. The bag is built with an Exo-Skeleton and 450D Geo Ripstop, as well as 450D Helix Poly materials. The wear points are reinforced for additional durability. The bag comes with the Eagle Creek “No Matter What Warranty”, which is both a lifetime warranty but also a full replacement coverage and repair if the bag does not live up to expectations. The bag is an all-around performer with the safety of your laptop assured. Lug it with you on business trips or even the wildest travel adventures. This bag can take a beating!


Osprey Ozone Convertible 22"/50L Wheeled Luggage

Osprey Ozone Convertible 22"/50L Wheeled Luggage

Osprey's Unisex Sojourn 22"/45L is the best companion to travel and pack light. It is a great stroller as well as stowaway AG inspired backpack style with its suspension expanding the trips horizons. It is constructed to fit most carry-on size requirements. This wheeled backpack can also be converted as a regular backpack. The Sojourn’s quick deploy AG inspired ventilated backpack suspension lets you to carry this bag with ease and comfortably. In the rolling mode of this wheeled backpack, it features the dual-tube extended handle which gives control to you in unwieldy loads and you have a smooth control even when the going gets rough. It has multiple padded and molded handles allows easy to maneuverability. Its padded laptop compartment makes your gadget safe even if you travel on rough roads.


Conclusion

Traveling with a wheeled backpack that has a padded laptop compartment makes it is easy for business people as well as the serious adventurer because they are ensured that their digital files are safe. Most of the available wheeled backpacks today are designed with padded compartments for the laptop. Take note however, that this compartment will not take up much space at all. Depending on your budget, you can find the right and the best wheeled backpack with laptop compartment out in the market. Just check out online reviews and keep your eyes peeled for special discount offers.

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The Lightest Ultra Light Backpacks (Ladies Only!!)

Active women who love to hit the road and explore different places need a backpack that’s designed with their size in mind. Aside from the right dimensions, it also pays to go for a lightweight pack that lets you stay comfortable for the rest of the trip. After checking out several packs in the market, we are listing down the list of the lightest ultra light backpacks for women to help you choose easily.

Our Top Picks At A Glance:

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HEXIN Rated 20L/33L Lightweight Foldable Backpack

HEXIN Rated 20L/33L Lightweight Foldable Backpack

This budget-friendly backpack is also light on your shoulders as it weighs only 0.46 pounds. It is a foldable bag that can fit in your suitcase when not in use. Perfect for day-to-day use and seasonal travel, it makes a great companion for it is light and durable. You can be certain it endures rugged adventures and last a long time for it is made of waterproof, tear resistant nylon. The zippers are also durable YKK metals while the rough points are reinforced with bar tacking.

The pack offers multiple pockets for organized storage. There are two small pockets on the straps for small items such as pens, keys or small phone models. It is made of breathable mesh straps for your comfort.


Deuter ACT Trail 28 SL Hiking Backpack

Deuter ACT Trail 28 SL Hiking Backpack

ecifically designed for women, this bag comes in two versions, the 28 and 32-liter pack. It is a good option if you want to invest on a mid-price range bag that can last for years. At only 2 pounds, the ACT Trail is a good pick for backpackers and hikers. It features sleek yet functional design that hugs the body. It is highly versatile as it can do well on the trail or town. The brand is characterized by quality and innovation, so it’s certain you get a quality pack that’s worth your money.

The ACT Trail features exceptional fit, even load distribution and innovative ventilation. It lightens heavy loads and stabilizes the pack so even if you have heavy gear, it won’t be uncomfortable to carry. The ventilation system reduces perspiration by up to 25%. The ergonomics ensures precise fit and excellent load transfer.


Gregory Mountain Amber 44 Backpack

Gregory Mountain Amber 44 Backpack

This women’s specific backpack offers good value for your money. It is built for every weekend camper or travel enthusiast who needs an ideal bag for one or two-day stay in the countryside or week-long surf. An alternative bottom zip loading access makes packing a breeze while other important features make it ready for the trail. It comes with a rain cover kept in the external pocket for easy access. This also serves as extra storage when weather is fine.

The top loading design has a front U-zip panel that unfastens from bottom to top to access main contents. The pack is also compatible to a hydration pack and is built with a removable daypack. The sides are equipped with water bottle and accessory pockets that compress when not in use. For your snacks or electronic devices, there are dual hipbelt pockets. The bottom has compression straps that can secure your sleeping bag.


Homdox 35L Ultra Lightweight Hiking Daypack

Homdox 35L Ultra Lightweight Hiking Daypack

This pack is ultra light, durable and a true space saver. You can fold in on its own and keep it just in case you’ll need an additional storage for a lengthy trip. This way, you can avoid overweight charges. For day trips, unfold it and use to hold your travel essentials. At a very affordable price, you get a high quality bag for day-to-day use or occasional travel.

It’s made of water and rip proof nylon, SBS metal zipper and reinforced bar tacks to make it last for years. It is lightweight, so it warrants comfortable carry that makes it suitable for school, camping or day hike. The roomy 35-liter volume space is made organized by multiple compartments that make it the perfect travel companion.


Osprey Packs Women’s Sirrus 24 Backpack

Osprey Packs Women’s Sirrus 24 Backpack

This back is designed with women’s day hiking needs in mind. It makes carrying on your back a breeze, and its ventilation features are created with a female body’s specific fit. It loads on top via zippered slash pocket. It has a panel storage and vertical center zippered compartment in front.

The incredibly comfortable mesh backpanel and adjustability options provide optimum customisation for hikers. It comes with a raincover and hipbelt.


Conclusion

The best choice for an ultra light women’s daypack boils down to your needs. Determine the features that matter to you, how much you are willing to spend and how you would want your pack to be considering the size, weight and organization options. Don’t forget to read reviews and comparison guides to make an informed decision.

Best Water Proof (or Rain Cover) Ultra-Light Backpacks

Having a waterproof backpack is a good idea to avoid the hassle of getting stuck in an unexpected rain shower. It can also protect your valuables inside from getting wet. When looking for the best waterproof backpack, the things to consider aside from a budget-friendly price tag are durability and flexibility. You would also want one that is light, easy to use and cover your things completely. Take a look at the top-rated waterproof backpacks that you can use without worrying about any weather conditions.

Our Top Picks At A Glance:

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Hexin Lightweight Packable Durable Waterproof Travel Backing Daypack for Men and Women

Hexin Lightweight Packable Durable Waterproof Travel Backing Daypack for Men and Women

This multipurpose bag has a chic look and is made from high-quality water and tear resistant Nylon material. It has durable two-way SBS metal zippers across the backpack that you can zip from either side for accessibility and convenience. Its wide and deep main compartment has 2 divider layers inside so you can organize your things well. Aside from its big front bottom and top front pockets, it also has 2 deep side mesh pockets where you can put your water bottles and other small things. The strap of this backpack has 2 small elastic mesh pockets where you can easily keep your cash or keys. It has reflective strips and emergency whistle on the buckle for safety purposes. This bag is truly a space saver; you can fold it up to the front pocket when not in use.


HIKPRO #1 Rated Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack for Men and Women

HIKPRO #1 Rated Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack for Men and Women

This 20 Liter and 6.5 Oz backpack is roomy, handy and ultralight. This bag is definitely perfect for hiking, camping, outdoor travel and everyday use. It is made from high-standard tear and water resistant nylon and SBS metal zippers that are able to resist abrasion. The main pocket has an ample space to carry what you need. The outer pocket is tailored for quick access; an inner pocket is a safe place for your valuables; and the two big side mesh pockets are perfect for water bottles. It was designed with wide breathable mesh shoulder straps so you have no more aching shoulders when you travel. It can be folded up to a sandwich size so it is really an excellent choice for those who like to travel light


Gowiss Backpack

Gowiss Backpack

A superb choice for day trips, day hikes, travel, camping, bicycling, shopping and more. This 20L/33L Nylon backpack is durable, waterproof and unfolds from pocket to backpack. To save space, you can fold it into a zippered inner pocket. Its high-quality 2-way YKK metal zippers can withstand abrasion. This lightweight (0.46 pounds/0.5 pounds) and spacious backpack is very comfortable to use. It is classically shaped with lots of pockets where you can store and organize your things. With this backpack, you will definitely avoid excess baggage and overweight charges.


Stoon 20L Ultralight Travel Backpack

Stoon 20L Ultralight Travel Backpack

This super awesome, light and durable packable backpack is very convenient to use for any outdoor and day-to-day activities. It is made up of water resistant and highly rip polyester fabric that supports strength and long-term functionality. It has a 20 liter storage space so you can keep your items neatly organized. It also folds into a zippered inner pocket so it would fit anywhere and unfold it from pocket to backpack in seconds!


Bekahizar Foldable Backpack

Bekahizar Foldable Backpack

If reputation will be the basis for purchasing the top tent brands today, REI will definitely be in the discussion about that. The outdoor gear of this brands has, in general, a pretty solid reputation including the tents. Most of the tents from REI comes with great height superb floor space with storage option and some comes with dividers creating private rooms. Some of the tents comes with customizable rainfly, which can be rolled up on the side for more ventilation during the warmer conditions.


Conclusion

Water resilient backpacks provide a number of advantages during your journey. Aside from keeping your things dry, there is no need for you to put on a rain cover or take an umbrella. There are many options available so choosing the right waterproof backpack that will best suit your travel style really comes with a challenge. It is better to do a quick research about the product features, warranty and reputation first so you can figure out exactly which backpack to pick at a price that is right for you.

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Best Wheeled Backpack with Waist Strap

One of the things that keeps me alive and ticking, are my weekend trips out to the wild. After a long week in the office, nothing rejuvenates me more than heading into the woods or mountains to spend time with Mother Nature. What I hate, however, is the struggle that so often comes with actually getting to my place of outdoor refuge. While typical backpacking backpacks are certainly great for hauling around enough stuff to keep you alive for weeks at a time in the wilderness, airlines and busses usually do a number on the straps, handles, and other extra pieces hanging off the pack. For my shorter, weekend excursions into the wild, I´ have found that it´ is best to take a wheeled backpack with a waist strap. 

Finding the best wheeled backpacks with a waist strap makes it easier for me to navigate the airports while also allowing me to comfortably carry my the basics with me along the path. While you certainly could opt for other, more traditional travel backpacks, these top wheeled backpacks reviewed below offer true versatility and comfort for trips around the world. 

Our Top Picks At A Glance:

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Osprey Ozone Convertible 22"/50L Wheeled Luggage

Osprey Ozone Convertible 22"/50L Wheeled Luggage

This wheeled backpack from Osprey is constructed with 210D Nylon Shadow Box. It is designed with easy access zippered top pocket. You can use this to place your bottled water or even other things such as toiletry kit or other small items, giving you quick access. It has low profile handles located on three sides making the backpack easy to grab as well as in pulling and carrying. Its convertible harness, suspension and hip belt (which are part of the main luggage) can be deployed to carry the backpack where wheels cannot go. This model also comes with detachable daypack. It is constructed using the High Road Chassis that features a lightweight aluminum frame, a high-clearance curved molded base and large wheels with sealed bearings. This Osprey Ozone Convertible can make your travel versatile, flexible and comfortable.


Victorinox Luggage Ch 97 2.0 20

Victorinox Luggage Ch 97 2.0 20

This Victorinox wheeled backpack is made with 100% of 1500 Tedeolon material. It has adjustable exterior with compression straps working to stabilize the heavy loads. It comes with secure buckle a closure that works to attach the outrider docking day bag, which is sold separately, to the front of the backpack if you want more capacity. It has a waist strap that can be adjusted, remove, and comes with secure buckle closure. This works to evenly distribute the weight. It also features a zip-away wheel cover that works to protect the wearer’s clothing from debris and dirt when the bag is worn as a backpack. It has a travel sentry-approved luggage appearance that secures the belongings. Moreover, it lets the US airport security screeners/TSA open the lock without having to resort to destroying it. It is easy to relock after inspection. This wheeled backpack is a great companion for any trip.


Timbuk2 Aviator Wheeled Backpack

Timbuk2 Aviator Wheeled Backpack

You have the option of packing and using this on your back or by rolling it like a suitcase. The Aviator Wheeled Pack from Timbuk2 is truly a bag that you can use whenever and wherever. It boasts of high capacity, this skillfully organized pack with urban styling is great to have wherever you go. It features a panel loading that gives you easy access to the bag. It can be expanded to through its top flap. The lightweight frame and grab handles make it easy to control and the strategically located external zipper pockets simplify last-minute grabs. It comes with skateboard wheels and bike-grip inspired handle system giving this bag an easy, urban roll. You can untuck the strap and then easily clip it in place for secure carry.


Touchdog Wuffle Duffle Wheeled Backpack/Pet Carrier

Touchdog Wuffle Duffle Wheeled Backpack/Pet Carrier

The Touch dog waffle duffle wheeled backpack is made with waterproof material for its outer shell while having very durable nylon Backpack sleeves. It comes with mesh on the flip side that mildly hugs the back while lessening back pressure. This backpack comes with wheels that give you full wheeling control and it has a height adjusted wheeled handlebar. This carrier distinctively features a side zippered entry with extra tough safeguarding buckle attachments. Both sides and the top can be totally zipped opened. In addition, the backpack features a mesh peak hole. All in all, this model is constructed well and built to last. Aside from being a backpack, it can also be a pet carrier so you can bring your beloved pet comfortably and safely.


Conclusion

There are only few wheeled backpacks that feature a waist strap. This strap is important to ease the weight and pressure as you carry your backpack (just like the regular hiking bags). The above models are designed to have such features so that you can also carry the bags for a long time. There is no one size fits all when it comes to these products. The best way to go about it is to choose the one that suits your budget and need. Have a look at the models so you’re sure that you’re getting the best wheeled backpack with waist strap.

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Best Ultralight Backpack For A Low Budget

Backpacking need not be expensive all the time. Some outdoor enthusiasts prefer buying ultralight backpacks because of the comfort and convenience they give especially for those who choose to cut the weight they carry or those who are on a short trip. Ultralight backpacks can load a capacity of up to 30-35 pounds. However, your budget should be taken into consideration when you are planning to purchase a backpack that suits your needs. We have listed the best ultralight backpacks for those on a limited budget that is less than $250.

Our Top Picks At A Glance:

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Osprey Exos 48

Osprey Exos 48

Weighing around 48 liters, this backpack is undeniably one of the best-selling and most recommended yet inexpensive ultralight backpacks in town because of its reliability and great performance in carrying a capacity of 20 pounds or more. Some of its known features are removable floating top pocket for better organization; a breathable back to prevent excessive sweating while you are having your backpacking adventure; a highly accessible removable floating lid which is useful for storing other gears; ExoForm shoulder straps, ExoForm hipbelt, and Superlight Airspeed suspension mesh provide an excellent comfort and ventilation making it a great choice for a full day hike or short trips.


Granite Gear Virga 2

Granite Gear Virga 2

This frameless 54-liter ultralight backpack is ideal for minimalist backpacking or short trips, which consists of a rolltop closure providing more compact and easy access. Additionally, its front-panel comprises of a cradle with two straps which you can use to attach your tent, sleeping pad or other gears. Its additional features include internal hydration hanger for better comfort, an external mesh pocket that enable the backpacker to store and access small items easily without opening the main compartment, 1.5-inch webbing hipbelt to take the weight off of your shoulder. Other features include load lifters, two ice axe loops, and haul loop. It is definitely one of the most recommended for those looking for a perfect lightweight yet highly reliable ultralight backpack.


Mammut Creon Light 45

Mammut Creon Light 45

This two-and-a-half pound ultralight backpack prides itself for its lightweight frame and carrying ability. Its stiff frame and waist belt transfer the weight to your hips rather than your shoulders capable of carrying heavier loads of up to 30 pounds. Some of its great features are: a four-stream back panel providing an impressive four-way ventilation for the user, a three level back system that can be easily adjusted to the user’s preference and comfort; a floating lid that can be used to carry additional gears; a side zip access to its main compartment; two stretch front pockets, two pole carriers, hipbelt pocket and more, which makes it ideal for mountain hiking and other backpacking trips for adventure seekers.


Granite Gear Crown 2

Granite Gear Crown 2

This 60L rolltop ultralight backpack is widely known for its affordable price, comfort, durability and high volume capacity that can load up to 35 pounds or less that also has an optional top lid pocket. Its hipbelt can be adjusted according to your preference, while the top lid is removable. A few of its well-recognized features are an adjustable torso, a molded foam pad and a removable plastic sheet, a big side and hipbelt pockets ideal for storing bottled water and provides you a hassle-free access to your other gears, and larger front mesh pocket. This pack is definitely designed for rough adventures or long-weekend trips.


AmazonBasics Ultralight Packable Daypack

AmazonBasics Ultralight Packable Daypack

The most affordable ultralight backpack in the list, this less than half a pound daypack is the best packable daypack you can get at a cheap price. It comes with a water-resistant nylon, which can protect your load from the rain. Despite its ultra-light weight, you can be sure of its durability and quality workmanship. Some of its features are two mesh pockets on the both sides which can be used for storing a water bottle or other gears for your day camp or weekend trips; a very durable abrasion resistant SBS metal zipper to fully secure your things; top loop and adjustable breathable shoulder straps guarantee to give you comfort.


Conclusion

Ultralight enthusiasts definitely have plenty of options if they are searching for a great performing backpack while on a tight budget. Each of them has their own pros and cons, all you have to do is to identify the one that fits your needs and kind of adventure. You have to consider its load capacity, the comfort it provides, durability and of course your budget. With that in mind, you can be sure that you will be able to choose the right one for you so you can better enjoy your next adventure.

Best Travel Backpack with Back Support

If you would ask travelers what is one of the most important items that they have to consider before traveling or going on a longer trip, the answer would be a backpack. Choosing the best traveling backpacks can be very confusing because of the many options available. You don’t want to leave any essential thing behind, like your laptop for example, so it must be spacious and at the same time, comfortable. To help you save time and avoid any hassle, we gathered the top-rated backpacks when it comes to durability and cost-effectiveness.

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Our Top Picks At A Glance:

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The North Face Unisex Recon

The North Face Unisex Recon

This is a 31-liter all-around backpack perfect for work, short hikes and trips. It has two large compartments where you can organize and store everything that could be needed from a laptop, jacket and extra clothes. This cheap but well-designed bag isn’t huge but it can carry a lot of things. You’ll find it very easy and comfortable to use because of its solid shoulder straps and padded mesh back panel.

It has two side pockets that are tailored to hold water bottles. This bag is not waterproof but it has excellent protection for small amounts of water. Your laptop is safeguarded from bumps and fall with its padded- fleece-lined 15” sleeve located in the main compartment. If you are an expert when it comes to packing, then you can maximize the space that this bag has.


SwissGear Travel Gear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack

SwissGear Travel Gear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack

This is definitely an excellent choice if you are looking for the best traveling backpack with a checkpoint-friendly design. This backpack opens quickly, is weather-resistant and made up of sturdy 1200D ballistic polyester, which means it can’t be easily damaged with heavy use or any harsh conditions.

This backpack will definitely meet your storage needs. It has an easy access compartment that separate from the main one, where you can put your 17” laptop, gadgets, notebooks and other essential things. Its padded back panel and airflow back system makes it very comfortable to use too! The straps are ergonomically contoured which will make you barely feel them.


BackSak Waterproof Backpack

BackSak Waterproof Backpack

The Backsack Waterproof Backpack is made up of 500D PVC with tight welded seams. It can definitely guard your things against rain, mud, sand and even snow. Aside from being economical, the padded back and adjustable straps of this backpack will give you comfort and convenience if you want to go hiking or just go into more intense outings.

The pros on this bag? There are two easy ways to close it and it has a reflective trim and patch which makes you visible in the dark. It also contains two protective splash proof pockets where you can put your mobile phones, jewelry and other valuables. This is a good choice for a regular traveler who requires a durable and quality bag.


Huwaijianfeng Travel Backpack Ucharge 50L

Huwaijianfeng Travel Backpack Ucharge 50L

This unisex 50L high-quality backpack is appropriate for hiking, camping, fishing, cycling and other types of adventurous outdoor trips. It is made up of waterproof nylon and has durable zippers and multiple pockets where you can organize your things. It can also hold sleeping bags, tents and more through its external attachment points.

There is no doubt that this backpack is the favorite of many travelers and hikers because it is light and comfortable to use. Not to mention the adjustable chest and waist belt, the padded shoulder straps and back support that will provide you with the best air ventilation.


Kopack Anti-Theft Travel Backpack

Kopack Anti-Theft Travel Backpack

If you would like to travel without worrying about pickpockets, then this is the right backpack for you. Aside from being theft proof, it also has a very classy design which can match any travel outfit you prefer. Its zippers are hidden making it very impossible for a thief to get inside the bag. It is also equipped with Scan smart technology and has over 10 slots for you to pack and organize your things.

Your 17inch laptop is certainly safe from unwanted scratches when inside this backpack because it has soft paddled layer of bubble foam for shock and bump absorption. It is water resistant, lightweight and has padded shoulder straps making it very convenient and easy to carry. Definitely the ideal bag for travel or everyday use.


 A Side Thought for Most Travelers

Almost all hikers and backpackers know that back support is essential. You want to find a pack that offers comfort and allows you to shift a good portion of your pack weight onto your hips (and thus off your shoulders). When traveling, however, most people simply forget about the importance of back support in lieu of concerns related to size. We want to take along that extra pair of clothes and are bulky professional camera, and might not be planning on any major hiking excursions.

However, after walking for several miles through confusing city streets trying fruitlessly to find your hostal, many travelers most likely wish that they had opted for a pack that included quality back support. When asking yourself: What is the Best Travel Backpack?” back support should be a characteristic that should not be overlooked.

Conclusion

You must first think and analyze your backpack priorities and make sure to get a better idea of the design, feature and of course, cost of the bag you prefer before buying one. Your trip should be stress-free and hassle-free. So go, buy the bag which you think is more convenient for your travel needs.

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Best Portable Camping Chairs

For those of us who love hiking and experiencing the deep wilderness that takes us far away from the binds of civilization, it can always be a bit of a letdown to come back to our campsite to find a new set of neighbors in their noisy RV with music blaring, kids screaming, and even a TV screen letting us know all the bad news of the day. After a day spent in the company of wild animals, blue skies, and flowering meadows, the traditional campground is often a bit of a rude awakening back to the reality of civilization.

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Unfortunately, not all of us are made for weeklong backpacking trips into the unexplored regions of some massive mountain range. While we love the feeling of being alone in Nature, we also enjoy some of the comforts that the camp ground offers. After a long day hiking through the wilderness, one of the nicest comforts is being able to open the trunk of your car and pull out your foldable camping chair where you can relax and unwind in comfort and style.

Why not combine the best of both worlds? With portable camping chairs, you can easily carry a lightweight camping chair in your backpack so as to be able to take a little bit of the camping comforts with you into the wilderness. Whether you´re hiking into a campsite that is only accessible by foot (and thus thankfully RV-free), or taking off on a three day hiking adventure, these top portable camping chairs might very well be a welcome addition to your expedition.

Our Top Picks At A Glance:

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Moon Lence Ultralight Portable Folding Camping Backpacking Chairs with Carry Bag

Moon Lence Ultralight Portable Folding Camping Backpacking Chairs with Carry Bag

This quality product made by backpacking outfitter Moon Lence is a necessity for anyone who enjoys travelling light while not skimping on comfort and whatever “luxury” is available in the backwoods. Obviously weight it a major consideration for any portable camping chair, and this little chair definitely fits the bill. At only 2 pounds, you practically won´t even feel it in your backpack, but it is reported to support close to 250 pounds of weight. The ergonomic seat design keeps you comfortable even though you will only be 15 inches off the ground. Furthermore, the carry case makes sure that this chair can break down into a small size that won´t bother the rest of the stuff in your pack.


Terralite Portable Camp / Beach Chair by WildHorn Outfitters

Terralite Portable Camp / Beach Chair by WildHorn Outfitters

Another quality portable camp chair that can also double as a great chair to lazily lounge about on the beach is offered by WildHorn Outfitters. One of the most unique aspects of this chair is the Terragrip feet which will allow you to stabilize your chair whether you´re trying to set up camp on sand, mud, uneven rocky terrain, or anything in between. Built in Velcro strap allow you to attach this chair and its carrying case to virtually any backpack you might be carrying. The aircraft-grade aluminum poles for the structure allow this chair to support up to 350 pounds while weighing in at only three pounds.


Lightweight Folding Camping/Backpack Chair by FB Sport

Lightweight Folding Camping/Backpack Chair by FB Sport

FB Sport is another company offering fantastic portable camping chairs at just over 2 pounds each. These folding camping and backpacking chairs have wide feet so that you can set them anywhere without having to worry about your chair sinking. Additionally, this quality chair comes with aluminum shock-cord pole structure that supports upwards of 330 pounds. At under $30 dollars, this chair is also one of the most inexpensive products on the market. Don´t let the price fool you, however, as this product is sturdily built and will last for a lifetime. A handy Velcro strap is also included to hold the entire structure together when you fold it up.


LESHP Camping Chairs Stool Ultralight Portable

LESHP Camping Chairs Stool Ultralight Portable

LESHP also offers great, lightweight, and portable camping chairs made from a durable aluminum frame and heavy-duty Oxford cloth seating. The ergonomic design incorporates a pillow for your head meaning that the lightweight nature of these quality seats won´t leave you uncomfortable. The included nylon bag allows you to fold this chair down into an extremely small size that will easily fit this bag into your backpack for longer adventures into the wilderness.


Conclusion

If you are planning a trip into the wilderness, you don´t have to settle for sitting on a rock or on the ground while enjoying your campfire. Any one of these four lightweight, portable camping chairs will add hardly any weight to your pack while allowing you an added bit of comfort while away from civilization.

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