Comes from the Spanish word for Knapsack.
Backpackers in South America are known as mochileros or mochilars.
Carrying a 20 – 120 liter Mochila which is their home and their life for the months they spend as vagabonds / travelers.
Mo*chi"la (?), n. [Sp.]
A large leather flap which covers the saddletree.
© Webster 1913.
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