OK, you go hiking, great, come back and share your adventure with us when it’s all over. But for now, let’s do the business, you have to learn to pack a backpack. You might already know how, but it never hurts to examine. Who knows, you could just take a unique advice that makes all the difference in the world.
When planning a hiking, hiking or extended trip, the correct packing of your backpack can really make a difference. The best way to pack a backpack for traveling, hiking or any other activity really shares all the same principles. The first thing you need to do is to start with a checklist of items you plan to bring with you.
You might find it useful to consider these items according to broad categories: emergency equipment, first aid supplies, personal toiletries, kitchen utensils, sleeping gear, clothing, food.
You can also include photographic or video equipment and entertainment items. Your needs will vary depending on the length of your trip.
For example, you do not have to worry about a tent or other sleeping equipment if you are planning an afternoon hike. Once you have your checklist, you can start packing your backpack.
Here are some simple tips you can follow to make sure your backpack is comfortable and that you can easily access the items you need when you need it. This list does not cover everything. If you have additional tips on how to pack a backpack, share them in the comments. Also, check out Lonely Planets “How to make a pack for any trip” for a much deeper discussion.
How to Pack a Backpack – 7 Tips from Happy Campers
1. Keep heavy objects near your back
This will help stabilize your backpack so that it does not move as much. For best results, you will also want to center the heavy objects along your spine. Here are some examples of elements based on their weight:
lighter: clothes, sleeping bag, cushion, towel
medium: stove, cooking utensils
heaviest: food, tent
2. If you pack heavy items up or down?
If you put relatively heavy or relatively heavy items in your package, it will depend on the type of terrain you plan to hike. For hiking (rugged terrain), you can pack heavy objects near the top of the backpack delivering most of the weight on your hips.
If you plan to hike heavy and uneven parts on heavy terrain towards the lower part of the main compartment of the backpack. This will help balance the weight of your load and keep your center of gravity low, making uneven ground maneuver easier.
Note: Most packages have a lower compartment for your sleeping bag, one of your lightest items and regardless of the terrain, it serves as the base for your main compartment. If possible, put your little tents here under the sleeping bag and attach your poles to the outside of your bag.
3. Pack everything you will often use in place easily accessible
Think of what you will often use, such as water, sunscreen, insecticides, map, compass, snack foods, first aid kit, etc. Make sure to pack these things where you can easily reach them. If you plan to use bags or containers, the colors code them by category. For example, all foods are in green containers, blue toiletries, and so on. I also saw people packing everything split into transparent plastic bags. Whatever your method, it is important to keep things organized so that you do not have to delve into your broadcast package anywhere and anywhere. Also, consider what you will need during the day and what you will use during the night. Keep the items you need during the day near the top of the pack for easy access. The sleeping system can be packed at the bottom of the backpack.
Whatever your method, it is important to keep things organized so that you do not have to delve into your broadcast package anywhere and anywhere. Also, consider what you will need during the day and what you will use during the night. Keep the items you need during the day near the top of the pack for easy access. The sleeping system can be packaged