With the warmer weather right around the corner, it’s time to start planning your next hiking excursion. Fortunately, these affordable backpacks were designed with durability and functionality in mind, and all cost less than $50—making them the perfect companion for any and all outdoor adventures to come.
Read on for seven of our favorites.
G4Free Lightweight Packable Backpack
At just under 14 ounces, this folding hiking backpack from G4Free is compact, making it ideal for shorter trips or day-long hikes. It offers 35 liters of storage space (compared to the standard 40 liters); however, it’s still roomy enough to fit your items (think food, clothing, drinks, towels, and even a hammock). The bag is also fully-padded for extra protection. Plus, it’s equipped with elastic ropes and straps, which can be used to hang pools, fishing rods, sleeping bags, or other accessories. The backpack comes in 13 colors and patterns.
Fengdong 40L Waterproof Backpack
This 1.9-pound, nylon-lined backpack boasts breathable mesh padding and shoulder straps—plus plenty of space to safely store away belongings. There are five zippered pockets in total, so you can easily stay organized as you trek. The manufacturer also describes the material as both tear- and water-resistant. Choose from seven different colors.
Venture Pal 40L Lightweight Packable Backpack
At just 0.7 pounds, this Venture Pal backpack is amongst the lightest on the list. It’s comprised of one waterproof pocket and breathable mesh straps, plus a zippered pocket to keep wet and dry belongings separate. The nylon fabric, which is tear- and water-resistant, is sturdy enough to hold your belongings, while the foldable silhouette allows for easy storage. It’s available in 11 different colors and patterns.
ZOMAKE Lightweight Packable Water Resistant Backpack
This water and tear resistant backpack is super light and foldable, saving space in your vehicle or luggage if you have to travel far to reach your trailhead. Adjustable, sponge-padded shoulder straps and several exterior zipper pockets make this daypack both comfortable and convenient. With 8 colors to choose from, you can add a splash of personality to your hiking gear as well.
Mubasel Gear Insulated Hydration Backpack
This insulated Mubasel backpack comes complete with a two-liter hydration bladder and an insulated compartment that keeps drinks cool for up to four hours. The three storage compartments are ideal for storing away keys, clothing, and other essentials. Its leak-proof design protects against accidental spillage and damage. Available in 13 colors and patterns.
Bashseash 60L Waterproof Lightweight Backpack
Made with a polyester and nylon blend, this 60-liter backpack weighs just over two pounds and offers eight (!) adjustable straps to suit your every need. The padded mesh shoulder straps provide support and durability, while the bag’s several storage compartments offer space-saving, clutter-free solutions. Choose from six vibrant colors.
Esup 50L Mountaineering Backpack
With 50 liters of storage space, the Esup Mountaineering Backpack offers one main compartment, two zippered pockets, mesh side pockets, and sleeping bag storage. The polyester and nylon fabric blend protects against wear, tear, and water—ensuring your stuff stays dry. The thick shoulder strap offers stability without wearing you down. Available in five colors.
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