Finding the best backpacks for camping is important if you are going to need backpacks for that family camping trip.
Although my family has been camping for over a quarter of a century we have mainly car camped.
So backpacks have never been a big part of our camping gear. We prefer to carry both our clothes and food in plastic storage containers.
However, if you are planning to do much camping off the beaten path then having a good quality backpack is a must when camping in the real wildness.
Even some car campers prefer backpacks to larger bulkier clothes and food storage options.
So here is a look at the best backpacks for camping for men, women and kids.
Table of Contents
- Best Camping Backpacks for Men
- Best Camping Backpacks for Women
- Camping Backpacks for Kids and Teens
Best Camping Backpacks for Men
Camping backpacks for men are designed to carry fairly heavy loads and are designed to fit a man’s normally longer frame. However, there are some shorter men’s backpacks designed for shorter men.
The backpacks we have chosen are for average to tall men.
Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack
TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack, OrangeThe Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack is a bit lighter than those backpacks with a heavy external frame.
This backpack offers a variety of comfort due to the fact the length can be adjusted from 15 inches to 19 ½ inches.
This backpack is made of Polyester and measures 30” X 17” X 12”
The side and front compression straps are perfect for securing the straps for sleeping bags and other necessities. It also has a water bladder pocket and a top pouch.
This backpack is durable and can hold enough clothes and food for a weekend camping trip. Users like this backpack for both hiking and car camping.
Everest Hiking Pack
This backpack features a 15 inch shoulder drop and measures 13.5” X 24.”
It is made of polyester with a secure snap buckle compartment and zipper side pockets for extra storage. It also has side compression straps for extra storage.
This backpack is quite comfortable even when carrying it for long distances due to the padded back as well as padded shoulder and waist straps.
It is a sturdy backpack with a large main compartment for plenty of storage. This backpack has an internal frame, but holds its shaped well.
High Sierra Titan 55 Backpacking Pack
High Sierra Titan 55 Frame Pack Amazon/Pine/LeafThe High Sierra Titan 55 Backpacking Pack is a 55 liter top load compartment backpack with its own sleeping bag compartment and a top loading main compartment.
It has an “S” shaped shoulder strap and a padded back panel for more comfort. The front pocket is hinged and this backpack comes with its own rainfly.
Designed for smaller men this backpack has plenty of room for packing your gear. It is also small enough to use as carry on pack for planes as well as for camping and hiking.
Best Camping Backpacks for Women
While many women use the same camping backpacks as their male counter parts others prefer backpacks made for a women’s smaller height and frame.
If you are looking for the best camping backpacks for women around, here are a couple worth your consideration.
Doleesune 421 Internal Frame Pack for Women
Doleesune 42l Internal Frame Pack for Women Camping Travel Outdoor Backpacks Hiking Daypacks Climbing Backpacking Bag Waterproof Mountaineering 1311 (1381-blue)The Doleesune 421 Internal Frame Pack for Women comes in two different shades of green as well as orange or blue.
This backpack features a roomy main compartment and 2 smaller pockets. It also has 2 hibelt pockets and a built in rain cover.
Designed for a women’s body this backpack is comfortable and large enough for 2 day camping trip.
Most users are surprised at the amount of space this relatively small backpack tends to hold.
Teton Sports Hiker 3700 Ultralight Internal Frame Backpack
TETON Sports Hiker 3700 Ultralight Internal Frame BackpackThe Teton Sports Hiker 3700 Ultralight is suitable for both men and women to use.
This backpack measures 33” X 15.5” X 12.5” and adjusts for torso lengths 16 inches to 21.5 inches.
The main compartment has both a top and bottom access and there are durable and handy compression straps to attach your sleeping bag and other gear.
The main compartment is large and the entire backpack is both versatile and lightweight. This is a well made backpack and the internal frame disperses the weight inside the bag.
Camping Backpacks for Kids and Teens
Whether you are planning a hiking camping trip with younger children and teens or simply wanting to have a camping backpack to carry your kids individual items when car camping backpacks for kids and teens can come in handy.
While teens fair better with an adult backpack made for adult men and women, younger children can benefit from smaller backpacks closer to their size.
Here are a couple of camping backpacks perfect for kids.
Crocodile Creek Kids Backpack
This kids backpack measures 11.5” X 14” and comes in several colorful designs with a water bottle side pocket.
This backpack is perfect for younger children. It has strong shoulder pads and will carry a small rain slicker and some toys and even a change of clothing.
Designed for younger children ages 4-6 or 7 this backpack is durable enough for weekend and even week long car camping trips.
Valgens Camping/Travel Daypack Backpack
Valgens Camping Travel Daypack Backpack Packable Water Resistant Lightweight Handy Foldable Day BackpacksThis Valgens Camping Travel Backpack is roomy enough to hold a spare pair of jeans, a couple of shirts, socks and underwear with one or two small personal items.
Perfect as a backpack for older school age children 7-10 this bag is measures 11.8” X 7” X 15.7” and is made of water resistant nylon fabric.
It has mesh straps, which add to the comfort, but won’t hold up if you pack this backpack with heavier items.
While not always a necessity camping backpacks are handy gear to own for every member of the family.