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Outdoor Backpacks

Everything You’ll Need in Your Outdoor Bag

Staying Prepared and Having Fun

Whether you’re camping, hiking, hunting, or enjoying a day outside, you’ll want to pack a backpack with some supplies to make the most of your day. Below are our recommendations of what adventurers should store in their outdoor backpacks.

What to Pack in Your Backpack

Snacks and WaterOutdoor Backpacks

A few protein bars and fresh water can make a tremendous difference on any adventure. Have some food and water ready to stay fueled and hydrated.

First Aid Kit

Safety first. Accidents can happen at any time to anyone. Keep an updated and stocked first aid kit in your backpack to stay safe.


A pocketknife can be useful in many situations, and you may want to pack a few small tools depending on the activity in case your equipment fails. A repair kit could save your time outside.


The weather can change at a moment’s notice. When you’re miles away from your closet, bring some outerwear, gloves, a hat, and any other clothing you may need for when temperatures drop or inclement weather rolls in.

FlashlightOutdoor Backpacks

Sometimes, your day may not go as planned, and you may run out of sunlight. Keep a light source in your bag with fresh batteries to stay prepared.

Portable Charger

If you’re relying on your smartphone for your trip or day out, keep a fully charged power supply in your bag, especially considering the device could be used in case of emergency.


It may seem excessive, but you never know when some toilet paper and hand sanitizer will come in handy. You may thank yourself later! Also, some sunscreen could also benefit you during your outting.

Picking the Right BackpackOutdoor Backpacks

Below are a few factors to consider when shopping for new outdoor backpacks.


If you aren’t comfortable, you won’t enjoy the journey. Choose a bag that fits you.


Do you want a lightweight bag to fit a few snacks or tools, or do you need a larger capacity bag for a long trip?


From the material to the zippers and clips, choose a bag that is high quality and can handle your outdoor activities.

Find a Backpack Perfect for Your Adventure

Shop at American Trailhead

American Trailhead is run by a team that shares your same enthusiasm for outdoor culture. On our online shop, you’ll find many top-quality outdoor backpacks and other great gear to help make your adventure memorable.

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