Choosing a Day Pack

IMG_0902How do you know which day pack is right for you? Here are a few things to consider that can help you pick a pack.

Do you want your day pack to be multipurpose? Some people like to have a good general purpose pack that can be used in a lot of different situations for a lot of different activities. This option is definitely the most economical and the easiest. You’re only spending money on one pack instead of multiple ones, and you don’t have to rifle through your closet to find the right pack for the job.

If you’re the type of person who scoffs at multi-tools because you like to have the right tool for the job, you won’t want a generalized day pack. You will want something that is designed to be specific to the activity. Whether it’s commuting on your bicycle, hiking, fishing, or climbing, you want to have a pack that is suited for whatever you’re doing. Going this route is going to be more expensive than buying one multipurpose pack, but if you put the hours into your hobbies, it can be worth the extra dough.

The size of day pack is another important thing to consider.

Maybe you travel light. When you go out for a day hike you only carry water and a couple energy bars. You won’t need a pack with compartments or dividers, and you don’t need bells and whistles (although carrying a whistle is always a good idea in case of an emergency!). You can look into getting a small utilitarian pack.

Or maybe you’re the type who likes to plan for every scenario. When you go hiking, you load your day pack with extra food, extra water, a warmer layer, rain jacket, headlamp, folding knife, paracord, water purification tablets, and anything else that you could conceivably need. Or maybe you’re the family pack mule and you have the honor of carrying everyone’s food, water, and supplies. Either way, you will want a bigger pack that lends itself to organization. A little extra padding comes in handy with heavy loads too.

There are other possible factors that can apply to choosing a pack, including the look of the pack, where it’s made, and the fit. Ultimately, you know you better than anyone else. Once you decide what type of pack you want, asking a professional is the best approach to choosing a day pack. If you’re looking to buy a day pack stop by and see us at Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters. We would love to help you out!


  1. Tom says:

    You make good points. I’ve made mistakes buying day packs before without considering exactly how I was going to be using it. Now I look for the specialized packs based on what I’m going to be doing. Thanks!

  2. Tim says:

    Great review, thanks for taking the time to do it.

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