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In this article I will list the features that a perfect interrail backpack should have, from litres to how to fill it properly. In addition, I’ll give you some advice on the really important things to take with you to get the most out of an interrail.
Features of the perfect backpack for an interrail trip
The shoulder straps must be well padded to prevent the weight from weighing too much on your shoulders.
If you are a girl, you might consider buying a backpack with women’s straps, with a narrower and more ergonomic shape than the traditional ones.
The backrest must be adjustable in height to fit your body.
Keep in mind that the belt must remain at hips level, so that the weight is relieved on your lower back.
The trekking backpacks are divided internally into an upper and a lower compartment.
For convenience, I recommend you to buy a backpack that has an internal zipper between the two compartments. This way you will have easy access to the items you put in the bottom of the top pocket, without having to empty the backpack.
Literage is a fundamental aspect to take into account before buying a backpack for an interrail.
In fact, if you buy a backpack with a high litre (90/100 litres) you will need to make sure you can fill it all up, otherwise you won’t be able to get it to stick well to your body and you will carry the weight incorrectly. Also consider that having more litres will encourage you to carry more items on the road than you actually use. On the other hand, if you choose a backpack with too small a litre (30/40 litres) you may not have enough space to put your things in.
My advice is to orient yourself towards a backpack with a volume of between 50 and 80 litres, so that you can take everything you need for an interrail with you, without loading yourself with useless things.
A good compromise is to choose backpacks with expandable liters (50+10, 60+10, etc. …), i.e. with a system with which you can expand the volume of your backpack in case of need. This is simply an inside pocket that is usually kept inside the backpack, but can be pulled out if necessary to increase the litre, while adjusting the position of the hood at the same time.
The rain cover is an indispensable tool to keep your things dry in bad weather.
Some people prefer to use a poncho that covers both them and the backpack, but I find it not very effective. In fact, it often happens that during the rain there are gusts of wind that could move the rain cover and still get your backpack wet. The rain cover, on the other hand, is made to adhere to the backpack and certainly provides better protection.
Some models have the rain cover already integrated in the hood, while for others you have to buy it separately. I, for example, bought a rain cover like this one for my backpack before leaving for our first interrail and I always felt good about it. Just be careful to choose the right size of cover according to the litres of your interrail backpack!
How to fill your backpack before leaving for an interrail
When you have to walk a long way with 10/15 kg of backpack on your shoulders, distributing the weight well is crucial. So I’ll give you some advice on how to organize the load of your backpack, so that you don’t have to go to an osteopath just returned from the trip.
Start by putting the heaviest things towards your back in the middle (e.g. tent, kitchen utensils, laptop, etc.). In the lower pocket, on the other hand, place soft and not excessively heavy objects (sleeping bag, beauty case, any spare shoes, etc.).
The outermost part of the central area is the ideal place for clothes, towels and all soft and medium weight objects. If you don’t want to put your clothes loose in your backpack for fear that they will crumple and make the classic sloppy backpacker effect in interrail, you can use organizers for clothes like these.
In the top pocket, on the other hand, place the lighter items so that you can put the items you’ll need to retrieve more often, such as a sweatshirt or kway, last.
Finally, in the hood pocket, I recommend that you put all small items such as earplugs, masks, padlocks, etc.. If they don’t all fit here, put the ones that are always on top so that they don’t disperse inside the backpack.