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Modular backpacks

Water repellent

External fabric should be treated to make it water repellent. Some backpacks offer a rain cover, providing protection when exposed to extreme wet weather.

Straps

For ultimate comfort on the move and over prolonged durations, look for a modular backpack that features both waist and sternum straps.

Cabin luggage

Not all backpacks fit standard carry-on luggage dimensions so it’s worth double-checking the dimensions with those of your airline before departure.

Hydration

If you walk long distances to remote locations, having a compartment dedicated to holding a hydration reservoir can be extremely useful.

Tripod connection

Choose a modular backpack that allows you to attach your tripod externally, and it’ll mean you can keep your hands free to negotiate tricky terrain.

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Peak Design Travel Backpack 45L

● £299 ● www.peakdesign.com

WHEREAS some modular backpacks split their internal capacity 50/50 between camera kit and personal storage, this example offers one spacious area inside where you can assemble pouches and packing cubes to turn it into the bag you want it to be. In its compressed state it's a 30L backpack, but it can be expanded to a 35L day bag or 45L gear-hauler.

Access to the main compartment is made via the

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