Rucksack or Backpack?

Is there a difference between a ‘rucksack’ and a ‘backpack’?

As far as I know, both words are often used interchangeably to describe a bag that can be carried on your back. I grew up using the word ‘rucksack’. The word ‘backpack’ originated in the US.

Rucksacks/Backpacks have two shoulder straps, large zipped openings, additional pockets and straps—and even other features.

Want to know how to pack your rucksack for going on a hiking or trekking tour (and to listen to how ‘rucksack’ is pronounced in British English)? Watch this YouTube video here.

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