The Best Women’s Backpack for Walking the Camino de Santiago

hiking the camino do santiago with kids

In 2012, my husband and I, along with our 4 children (then ages 2, 5, 7 and 9) walked the famous ‘Way’ pilgrimage: The Camino de Santiago.  I remember spending weeks researching the right gear for the trip.  One of the essentials most important to me was my backpack. I spent hours pouring over online reviews.  I wanted a pack that would fit well with my smaller frame, but promised to be comfortable.  After all, I would wear it for hours each day for days.

The pack I ended up purchasing, and one that I have subsequently recommended to friends and to-be pilgrims was/is the Deuter ACT Trail 28 SL Hiking Backpack.

You might ask, why are you writing about this backpack 6 years after you walked the Camino de Santiago?  Well, I am now planning another big hiking adventure and my (now) teenager needed a backpack.  I wanted to find a lightweight, women’s fit backpack and guess what pack once again appeared consistently at the top of all reviews?

Yep, you guessed it.

The Deuter ACT Trail 28 SL Hiking Backpack.

So, I bought it.  Comparing the pack to my six year old pack, it seems there are few changes, if any, besides the removal of a strap and a less bulky hip belt pocket–changes which I assume help reduce the weight of this already light pack.

Backpack Features

*Deuter Polytex / Microrip Nylon Fabric
*3D airmesh covering for climate control and Aircontact Ventilation System
*Two-way zip allows access easy access to pack contents
*Valuables pocket on hip belt
*Hiking Pole loops
*Awesome colors
*Engineered for versatility; ideal for for hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, ski touring, and urban adventures.
*Women’s fit
*Deuter-reputation quality

My teen absolutely loves the colors in her Deuter ACT Trail 28 SL Backpack.  Her pack looks like the one in the photo above. I appreciate the bright blue colors for high visibility. My older Deuter ACT Trail 28 SL Backpack red/spicy orange color and I loved that about it when I hiked with it on the Camino de Santiago, and I still love that feature, too. Oh, another reason to love the Deuter ACT Trail 28 SL? The backpack features a rainshield….just in case, and that’s nice for added piece of mind while hiking.

Where to Buy:

You can find this Deuter pack online, such as at

Hope this helps!  Happy Backpack Shopping!  And Buen Camino!

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