Best Backpacks For College Hand Picked By Backpack Guys – 2017

So you’re starting to think about what backpack to rock at your new college hitting year 2017. Not only do you want your backpack to be able to accommodate your treasured laptop and a few of your study books but you also want to look stylish too.

Even though these days you can fit over a million pages on an Amazon Kindle – colleges seem to be lacking behind which means that you spend the majority of your college day carrying around over 600 pages of clunky text books. The Backpack Guys feel your pain and have spent the last few semesters testing the strengths and durability of a handful of backpacks aiming to find the ultimate best backpacks for college.

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3 Crazy Backpacks Found by The Backpack Guys

Having a crazy backpack can make you the centre of attention in any situation. Whether it’s a backpack with a crazy design or a backpack with abnormal features. Having a crazy backpack can be the perfect way to show your inner craziness to the world. The Backpack Guys have put the crazy backpacks to the test and discovered 3 favourite backpacks that people couldn’t help but stop to ask “where did you get your backpack from”.

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How to Tie Dye A Backpack

Most of my friends tend to dye their backpacks as they find it really cool. Well, I am someone who likes to keep their backpacks the way it is, but looking at the number of people who really want to tie dye their backpacks, I have decided to share some of the tips that might help them to dye their backpacks perfectly.

Whether it’s your trendy backpack that you carry to college or the one you use solely for traveling purposes, you can dye any type of backpacks you want. But before you go ahead and dye your backpack, you need to know what fabric your backpack is made of. Remember cotton is not the only fabric that you can tie dye. Here are a few tips on how to tie dye a backpack—

  • Determine your backpack fabric – Before you want to tie dye your backpack, you need to know what the fabric of your backpack is. Determine whether its cotton, nylon or polyester, as the method of dyeing your backpack will vary from fabric to fabric.
  • Determine the color and type of your Dye – if your backpack fabric is nylon, then you need to use acid dye powders. You can use any type of color of your choice. Use a branded dye as that you do not have to be disappointed later on.
  • Preparing your dye – use the whole packet of dye. Put the dye in a small container so that it gives you an intense mixture. That will maximize the coverage of your backpack and it will absorb a lot of dye. However, you can dye your backpack using a various methods. But what I prefer is the one where you need to put the dye mixture on a stovetop. This technique gives you the best results when it comes to dyeing your nylon backpack. Also, if you are using a dark color, heating the dye will provide you amazing results.
  • Heating instructions – get a huge stainless steel saucepan or a saucepan that is large enough to carry your backpack. Cover the saucepan with the prepared dye and put it into the gas stove. Let it heat; stir the mixture during the process. Put the gas stove into simmer mode once you see bubbles in your die.
  • Put your backpack in the dye bath – Before you put the backpack in the dye mixture, remove the parts of your backpack you do not want to tie dye. Now check your dye mixture and see if the powder is dissolved fully. Now carefully start submerging your backpack with the dye bath. Do not make it fast. If you do it in a hurry, then the dye may come out over the edge of the saucepan. Keep the backpack inside the saucepan for a while. Let the air escape. The dye will slowly be absorbed into the backpack. Keep the backpack inside the dye bath while simmering for at least 30 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • Rinse the backpack – after you take out the backpack from the dye bath, you will see how beautifully your backpack has been dyed. Now rinse the backpack in cold water several times. That will remove the excess dye from your backpack. Rinse until the water runs clear. Now put the backpack in the dryer and let the dye fix on your backpack. You can also let it dry naturally.

Well the key is to get the best dyed backpack is to be patient. As they say, good things come to people who wait. So be patient while dyeing your backpack. Let us know your dyeing experience in the comment box. Good luck dyeing!

The Best DSLR Backpack For Photography Fanatics

Photography is growing into both an increasingly popular profession and hobby. You are most likely find more people roaming around with a bulky and sophisticated digital camera than you ever did before, especially at tourist and wildlife destinations. As you’re reading this article we are sure you might be one of them. If you are, this article is absolutely a must-read for you. We’re going to review the most protective and best DSLR backpack on the market, which are absolutely a must to protect your treasured DSLR camera.

A DSLR camera, a good one, can very well cost a bomb so you obviously wouldn’t want to take any risks in it becoming damaged when you’re out and about. Purchasing a backpack that is specifically designed to hold your DSLR camera is the sure secure way to ensure your pride and joy stays as safe as possible. Not only that, but a good DSLR backpack would also make it very convenient to carry your bulky DSLR camera as well as all the accessories you need along with you, wherever you go.

But given that finding the right DSLR backpack may be a little challenging, we have made it considerably easy for you by narrowing down your search to the ‘Backpack Guys’ 3 best DSLR backpacks on the market today. So take a read and choose the one that fits your needs and budget best without having to go through all the hassle of purchasing a number of bags before finding the one that works best.

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How to Run With a Backpack

The last time I was on a trip, an incident took place which I still laugh at. Although I am quite good with planning and stuff when it comes to trips, the last trip was a chaos. I did not have much time to pack and also it was raining and ugh! So many issues in one go. Anyway, what happened was that, we had to run through the edges of the hill to a better place for camping as it was raining really heavy. That was really a horrible and miserable experience. I had my backpack with me. I was about to fall down quite a few times and also a lot of things fell on the grown.

Well, that was indeed a really bad experience, yes; but that taught me how to run with a backpack efficiently. You may have been through the same as I, so here are a few tips for you on how to run with a backpack.

Well, it does not matter what type of backpack you are using, it might be your best backpack that you carry to college or a backpack that you carry for hiking, these tips will help you to run with it without any issues.

  • Although we prefer using a wide backpack to carry while we are on trips, there are a few things you might consider. Always try to carry a backpack that is lightweight. Also see if the shoulder straps are narrow and soft or not. However, we need a lot of space in our backpacks to carry stuff, but if you already know that you might have to run, then do prefer a backpack that has fewer compartments, flaps, buckles or straps.
  • Try to minimize the load of your backpack as much as possible. Also, when you are hiking or trekking, make sure you do not wear heavier clothes. Try to keep your clothes as lightweight as possible.
  • After you hoist your backpack, make sure you tighten the straps of your backpack. See if the backpack tightly sits perfectly on your back or not. But in case you are going for jogging, look out for your body’s movement. You do not want it to be uncomfortable.
  • If your backpack has waist straps and chest straps, then you might consider using them too. That will have a good balance on your backpack.
  • Now you are good to go. Once you start running, you will notice the movements of your backpack. The first few minutes might make you feel irritated, but eventually you will like the groove.

So here are a few ways on how to run with the backpack. Well, I hope you know that running with the backpack might help you to lose weight. So as of now if you have been jogging alone, then it’s time you carry your backpack along with you every morning. Follow these steps and there will be no more problems for you when you want to run with a backpack. Good Luck.

How to Pack Clothes in a Backpack

You must have been through the argument with your partner about the best way to pack your clothes in your backpack. Do you need to roll your clothes or it’s better to fold them to keep them away from wrinkles? This question may have bothered you a lot.

Well, the right way of packing your clothes depends on various factors, for instance, the manner of your trip or the type of your backpacks. If your trip is a business one, you might want to fold your clothes rather than rolling them. However, most backpackers prefer to roll their clothes perfectly inside the backpack.

Whether it’s rolling or folding, both need to be done in a perfect way if you want to keep your clothes away from wrinkles. The size of your backpack also matters a lot here. Backpacks that are ideal for college also can be used for traveling as they are trendy and also good enough to put all the clothes properly.

Before you start packing your clothes, you need to take care of a few things—

  • Selecting the right clothes—you cannot simply pack anything and everything in your backpack and carry them. You need to choose the right type of clothes. Choose the clothes that are light in weight and are the most essentials. Avoid unnecessary clothes. Decide how many pairs of shoes you need.
  • Rolling your clothes – well, rolling your clothes saves a lot of space in your backpack. It is also a good way to keep your clothes away from getting wrinkles. How to roll your clothes? When it comes to tops or shirts, start by vertically folding the body in half and then fold in the sleeves. At the end, roll hem tightly. For any pants or jeans, first, fold them in half and then roll them tight.
  • Folding of your clothes – some people say folding is better than rolling. But whether you are folding or rolling, you need to do it right. You already might know how to fold your shirts or pants. If you fold your clothes the right way, you will get enough space on your backpack and your clothes will not get any wrinkles.
  • Use of containers – use a packing container or a cube to put your rolled clothes. Packing cube basically is a mesh box, which comes in a pretty lightweight frame and they are designed to hold the rolled clothes tightly. Or if you have folded your clothes then use the packing folders. This way the stack of your clothes will not get any wrinkles whether it’s rolled tightly or folded perfectly.
  • Put your bags in a jigsaw puzzle way – You cannot overstuff your backpack and you cannot keep any empty space in it as well. So the best way is to put your stuff like a jigsaw puzzle. Put things in a way so that there is enough space for movement. Put the heavy items in the bottom, fit all your packing containers s closely as possible and then use power adapters, shoes or other items to fill up the gaps.

Packing your clothes is easy. All you have to do is fold or roll and put it in the container. Follow the above steps properly and you will get wrinkle free packed clothes. Good luck!

How to Pack a Backpack for Hiking

The first time when I was backpacking for my hiking trip, it took me a hell lot of time. I was inexperienced and also naïve, which is why I had to leave a lot of stuff behind as there was no space in my backpack. But now I am quite happy that I learned how to efficiently pack my backpack for hiking.

It can be quite tricky for a first timer to pack their backpacks. So here I am helping you out with some of the best tips.

The backpacks that you can carry to college can also be carried for hiking and trips. And usually, they have all the space and storage you need to carry the essential items with you. However there is no specific way to pack your backpacks, but before you go ahead and start packing, remember that packing can be divided into these few zones and storages—

  • Top zone – this zone is good for the items which are bulkier than others which are important for the trail.
  • Bottom zone – the bottom zone usually should contain items which are bulky but you do not need until you reach the camp site.
  • Core zone – this zone is good for the heavy and dense items.
  • Tool storage – the tool storage is good for bigger or longer items.
  • Accessories pocket – put the items which are essential and you will need them often.

Now that you know the zones and storage, you need to know what items should be placed in which zone or storage.

Top zone items – this zone carries the items you might need during the trail. They are—

  • Water purifier
  • First aid box
  • Raincoats
  • Insulated jackets
  • Fleece pants and jackets
  • Toilet essentials

Bottom zone items – bottom zones should be loaded with items which are bulky but you do not need them until the camp. They are—

  • Down boots or camp shoes
  • Sleeping pads (the small ones)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Your sleep wears

 

Core zone items – this zone includes all the dense and heavy items. They are—

  • Water reservoir in case you are not opting for any mineral water bottles
  • A food stash
  • Stove
  • Cooking kit
  • A bear canister that contains all your food and all the other scented items there.

When you pack these dense items in the core zone, it helps your backpack to maintain a balance and it does not sag. When you are carrying anything liquid, say water or any kind of fuel, make sure you carefully check if the cap of the bottle is tight. Place them away from the food items. Your bulky items may shift places while you are hiking due to the few spaces available. So consider wrapping some soft items around your bulky items. That will cover the spaces and prevent the items from shifting.  You can wrap some extra clothes or some rain flies or the tent body around the items.

Tool storage – the tool storage includes the following items—

  • Large sleeping pads
  • Climbing ropes
  • Trekking poles
  • Ice axe
  • Tent poles
  • Camp chairs
  • Crampons

The accessories pocket – you can put all the essential accessories in the accessories packet. You can include these following items—

  • Cash and ID stash
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • GPS, Map and Compass
  • Lip balm
  • Snacks
  • Car keys
  • Bug spray
  • Rain cover
  • Water bottles
  • Headlamp

There are a lot of storage pockets available in the backpacks. There can be a lid pocket, side pocket, hip belt pocket and front pocket. Based on the items above you can choose which item should be in which pockets.

 

Carrying your backpack

When you hoist your backpack, the most common mistake you make is to lift the backpack by a shoulder strap. That may damage your shoulder harness and also you might feel uncomfortable while controlling your backpack on your shoulder. So before you hoist your backpack, loosen all the straps a little bit so that it can easily slip on.

So here I have provided you the best way to pack your backpacks while you are going for hiking. If you are a beginner, then these steps will definitely help you out. So plan adventures hiking for you in this coming weekend!

How to Pack a Backpack for a Trip

Since my college days, I have been a crazy traveler and have visited a lot and lot of places. I was always up for any trips that used to come on my way. But what bothered me the most was the idea of packing my backpacks. And if you are a beginner, then I am sure you go through the same too. Packing backpacks can be really tricky at times.

Choosing the right backpack for a trip is not an easy task. You need to get the right size and the right brand of backpack. The right size and proper weight of the backpack demolish half of your packing issues.

Packing your backpack has a certain way. But before you start packing your backpacks, you need to remember that just because your backpack can carry a certain amount of weight, does not mean that you have to pack it full. Here are a few tips on how to start packing your backpacks—

  • Make up a list first and categorize your items depending on their weight – you need to know what are the things you are going to carry on your trip. Make a list of the items and categorize them according to their weight. Use the help of color codes so that you do not forget.
  • Place the items according to the weight – while you are packing, remember to place the items according to the weight of your items. Here is how you can categorize the items—
  • On the top place the middle weight items—put some of your light clothes, your umbrella, and jacket on the top of your backpack.
  • In the middle put all the heavy items – if you are camping then put things like stoves, any electronic items or your tent, food stash and food items in the middle of your backpack. You can cover the fragile items with some clothes in order to keep them safe.
  • Put the light weight items on the bottom – put sleeping bags, your camp shoes or your sleep wear and sleeping pads on the bottom of your backpack.
  • The outer pocket game – this place is for all your essential items. You can put your sunglasses, GPS, lip balm, snacks, bugs spray and cash and ID stash in the outer pocket of your backpack. You can also carry your water bottle in the outer pocket.
  • Adjusting your backpack – even if you have successfully packed your backpack, if you do not adjust the straps and belts properly then it might simply be quite uncomfortable for you to carry it. Your shoulder and waist straps should be pulled tightly. The more your backpack is closer to your body, the more you find it comfortable to carry it.

Well, backpacking for your trip is no more a hassle for you now. Find the best backpack of your choice, with the right size and brand and then follow the steps I have provided above. You are good to go!

How to Mount a GoPro on a Backpack

During my college days I used to really freak out when I had to mount GoPro accessories on my backpacks. Not only they are costly as hell at times but also I never really found an easier way to mount them on my backpack then. But then to my savior, my friend helped me out with these amazing tricks to mount a GoPro on my backpack.

The idea is to use DIY Backpack Strap Mount on your backpack. That will not only save you some dime, but they are also cool. Be it your trendy backpack that you love to carry to your college or the ones you take only for hiking, this clever little DIY Backpack Strap Mount work on all.

However, my friend showed me how to make the straps easily at home with the scraps that most probably lies around the corner of the house. Here is what you will need—

  • 1 hard plastic material, cut it equal to the width of your backpack’s shoulder straps
  • 2 round head bolts (1-1/4X20)
  • 2 nut bolts (1/4X20)
  • 2 wing nuts (1/4X20)
  • 1 GoPro adhesive mount, Flat

Once you are done with the equipments, now it’s time for the tools. You will need—

  • Marker
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Measuring Tape
  • Saw
  • Drill

Steps you need to follow—

  • As you have already measured the hard plastic material according to the width of your backpack’s shoulder straps, now it is time for you to wrap it around the shoulder strap of your backpack. Cut the material in appropriate size, make two pieces of them.
  • Now that you have two of them, make a mark where you are going to drill the holes for the head bolts. Drill accordingly. Make sure that the size of your drill is ¼ inch bit.
  • Thread the bolts through the holes.
  • Now add the nut bolts on the opposite side of the bolts head and add place the other piece of plastic on the top. Once you are done with it, add the wing nuts.
  • At the end add the GoPro Adhesive Mount at the front of your new strap.
  • Let it adhere securely.

Here are simple ways to securely mount a GoPro on your backpack. The best thing about this is that it won’t cost you much. Follow these simple steps and you are good to go. All the best!

 

How to Fix a Zipper on a Backpack

What makes you more annoyed than an old backpack; an old backpack with a broken zipper. This is true. Most of us go through the pain of dealing with a broken zipper. And rather than fixing it, we opt for a new backpack. The reason behind this can be anything, for instance, laziness or you do not know how to fix a broken zipper.

So if you do not know how to fix a broken zipper, here are the best ways to fix them. Whether it’s your backpack that you carry to college or the ones that accompany you to trips, these life hacks can be used everywhere.

  1. Fix the zipper that got stuck—sometimes your zipper might get stuck in between. What you can do? Follow these tips—
  • Lubricate the zipper with graphite. Just run a pencil through the zipper’s teeth. After that wiggle the slider up and down.
  • You can also apply laundry soap on your zipper. Dip one cotton ball into the laundry soap, soak it into the water. Now slide the cotton ball up and down through the zipper’s teeth. Wiggle the slider up and down.
  1. Fix the separated zipper – most of the times your backpack becomes the victim of separated zipper. The reason is excessive load on your backpack. Here is what you can do—
  • Unload unnecessary items from your backpack. Put them in another bag.
  • Most zippers get separated because of a bent tooth. If you find one, then tighten it with the help of tweezers or needle nose pliers.
  1. Fix the broken Zipper – when your zipper gets broken, here is what you can do—
  • Find the reason or the point where the damage started. If the damage occurred near the top of your zipper or if one of the teeth is missing at the top of your zipper or the slider is bent, then you can easily fix the problem, but in case there are teeth missing on the bottom or middle, then you need to replace the entire zipper.
  • Remove the top zipper stops off the backpack with a pair of pliers. Pull hard and remove the both stops. Replace them with a new pair of stops.
  • If your slider is broken, then fix it or replace it. Now if you want to fix it, look at the slider of your zipper from inside. What do you see? Do you see the space between the bottom and top of your zipper uneven? If it is uneven then it will create problems for your slider to engage the zipper teeth properly. You can either just replace it or bend it with a pair of pliers. If you are planning to replace your zipper, first look for the size of the slider. After that put it on the slider.

There are lots of ways to replace your zipper or fix it. You can choose any of the above ways. So now rather than buying new backpacks for yourself whenever you damage your zipper, try fixing it on your own. Or if you do not want any breakage to happen to your zipper, then just take a bit of care of your backpacks.