What’s in your backpack? I’ve discovered on a day hike, what I want most is a hydration system so that I can get water when I want it without stopping to get out a water bottle. It helps if the backpack is comfortable and has room for what I need—sun screen, bug repellent, an extra layer, snacks and rain gear.
That’s why I love my L.L. Bean Women’s Cistern Hydration Pack built with padded shoulders that are designed for a woman’s body. The moisture-wicking back panel is a nice touch, including a see-through panel to see how much water you have left. (The pouch holds two liters $89.95.)
On a recent trip to Colorado, I used the pack daily, hiking in my comfy L.L. Bean Comfort Trail Skort. It’s stretchy, quick drying, moisture-wicking and even protects from UV rays. I could fit my phone in one of the zippered pockets and other essentials, like lip balm and a bandana, in others. The best part: It’s cute enough to wear off the trail!