There are plenty of essential items that can’t be left out of your hiking bag, but there’s one item you can’t really escape: the bag itself! The best hiking bags are incredibly versatile—they’re able to carry a lot, they can help you stay hydrated and they’re supposed to help distribute the weight evenly throughout your body. That way, you can travel longer without feeling weighed down.
We’ve rounded up eight of the best-reviewed camping and hiking bags on Amazon. From the most comfortable to the most compact, there’s something for every type of traveler and trip.
1. AmazonBasics Internal Frame
Great for hiking and camping, this AmazonBasics model sports a hefty 75L capacity and is made from durable polyester. With a plethora of storage compartments (including a large sleeping bag compartment and various side, back and front pockets), it’s able to store as much (or as little) as you want. It also includes a water-repellent exterior coat that helps keep you dry in the rain. With more than 630 happy reviewers, it even includes a generous one-year warranty.
2. NEVO Rhino 45L / 50L Internal Frame Backpack
This sleek-looking backpack features its own smart ventilation system that helps add breathability and distributes your bag’s weight to all parts of your body—not just your shoulders. With sewed-in reinforced straps, various adjustable chest and shoulder straps, plus a few versatile whistle buckles for extra protection, this is one bag that’s sure to withstand the elements. Of course, it’s also made of waterproof nylon and comes with its own backpack cover.
3. RUPUMPACK Insulated Hydration Backpack
BEST SMALL BACKPACK
At only 1.6 pounds, this is easily one of the smallest backpacks on the market. Fortunately, it’s also one of the most versatile. The wear-resistant nylon build makes it a great option for hiking and camping, and the abundance of side, front and back pockets offer more than enough space to store all your gear. As an added bonus, it comes with its own built-in two-litter water pouch so you can stay hydrated on the go.
4. WolfWarriorX Military Tactical Assault Backpack
BEST OPTION FOR CAMPING
With four main loading spaces (plus tons of extra pockets), this military-grade backpack is a great option for those looking to travel off the beaten path. With a handy chest belt that can be adjusted to help free up excess weight and comes with additional straps to help add extra breathability. It also includes a mesh pocket that’s perfect for water and/or other drinks and comes in 15 cool camo options. The durable design is also water-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about it getting wet.
5. TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack
BEST LARGE CAPACITY BACKPACK
As an Amazon bestseller, this versatile backpack comes with a handy BPA-free, built-in two-liter water pouch and an adjustable torso that can accommodate people of all shapes and sizes. Weighing just over four pounds, it’s a durable option that’s ideal for trips and hikes that last around two to four days, and the abundance of features (including a sewn-in rainfly and handy sleeping bag compartment) make it a great option for adventures.
6. TETON Sports Oasis 1100 Hydration Pack
While this TETON backpack looks a lot like the last one, it features more breathability (and less packing space), which makes it the perfect choice for day treks. With soft mesh covering, a notched foam stabilizer and an adjustable center strap, the Sports Oasis is able to carry more weight without weighing on your shoulders. Like the previous model, this one also comes with its own handy BPA-free water pouch and weighs roughly two pounds unpacked.
7. MOUNTAINTOP 40L Hiking Backpack for Outdoor Camping
When you need a little extra space, some extra storage and don’t want to worry about feeling weighed down, the Mountaintop backpack shines. With six adjustable straps, a spacious hip belt, built-in laptop compartment and more, this backpack has everything you need to prep for your next trip. It also comes with handy compression straps, a smart velcro compartment and more for added convenience. All this and it only weighs two pounds.
8. Mardingtop 50L/60L Hiking Backpack
This sturdy backpack is made from water-resistant 600D polyester for superior durability. With handy YKK zippers and pockets, it’s designed to ensure your contents—no matter how big or small—remain snug, safe and secure. With one giant front pocket and two spacious side pockets, it’s able to store all your essentials. It even comes with a hiking pole attachment (if you’re into that sort of thing) and has its own built-in hydration space (bag sold separately). At just under five pounds, it even features a water-resistant build.