A backpacker is a hiker who carries supplies in a backpack. If you hike the Appalachian Trail carrying everything you need on your back, you can call yourself a backpacker.

A backpacker carries her things in a special bag with straps that can easily be worn on her back — a backpack or rucksack. Some backpackers hike through the woods, while others travel from city to city on buses or trains, lugging a backpack along with them. Backpacker comes from backpack, which appeared in the early 20th century as both a noun and a verb.

Definitions of backpacker
  1. noun
    a hiker who wears a backpack
    synonyms: packer
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    type of:
    hiker, tramp, tramper
    a foot traveler; someone who goes on an extended walk (for pleasure)
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