NEW YORK — Packing a box full of food or groceries in a backpack can be a great idea for travel, but it can be tricky to do without an extra set of hands, and it can lead to a messy mess.
The idea of packing a box of food in a pack that includes some food, water and other essentials can be appealing to the casual traveler.
But for the experienced traveler, packing a packed bag of groceries can be more of a challenge.
So, what is the right pack for a grocery trip?
The answer is a mix of factors, says Paula Flemming, director of the Packpack.org website.
For starters, you should look for a pack size that is larger than your luggage, which will keep you from losing your bag in the chaos of an airport check-in.
Then, if you need to bring a large amount of groceries for a party, consider a larger, bulkier pack that has a compartment for extra food and other items.
You can also try smaller packs with a more compact design that is lighter, more compact and smaller.
In addition to the size of the pack, the type of food that you’ll be packing also plays a role.
For example, a can of soup or a salad will be much easier to handle in a smaller package than it is when it’s packed into a bigger bag.
Packable items are also easier to find.
“You can get it at the grocery store for cheaper than if you go to the store and buy it yourself,” says Flemings.
A bigger backpack also helps if you are traveling on a smaller plane or a cruise ship.
“It can be nice to have extra space in the bag for items like snacks or other essentials,” says Maddy McLean, a registered dietitian with The Health Center, a nutrition clinic in Washington, D.C.