How to Pack Your Backpack

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How to Pack Your Backpack

If you are planning to go on a hike, it is important that you know the best way to pack your backpack. Not only will a properly packed and organised backpack be easier to carry, but it will also help you to find the things you need in it when you need it. Never just throw things in at whim, if a backpack is not properly packed, you will regret it later with a sore back.

1. Choose a high quality backpack. Picking the right backpack is an important part of any trip. When shopping for a pack, there are four major things to consider: type, fit, capacity, and features.

2. Put your sleeping bag on the external frame, or at the bottom of the backpack.

3. Heavy items are less likely to injure you or cause you discomfort if you pack them high up and close to your back.

4. Decide which items you will need to be able to access quickly. This includes items like a map, a first aid kit, a flashlight, or food. These items are best kept in the side pockets of your backpack, if the backpack has any. They could also be kept at the very top of the backpack.

5. Make use of every single inch of space. If you need to pack containers such as pots, fill the hollows with other items to free up space.

6. Make sure that everything that needs to be properly sealed, is properly sealed. This will prevent your food from spoiling or any fluids leaking out. This is especially important to consider if you take fuel for your stove with you.

7. Make sure your backpack is waterproof. If your backpack gets wet, it could damage it as well as the contents of the bag. On top of that, water is heavy and a wet backpack will be much more of a hassle to carry than a dry one. Even if you are sure your backpack can withstand water, it is wise to take extra precautions. Put all your clothes in sealable plastic bags, as well as any electronics that you may take with you. It is also important to keep your sleeping bag from getting wet.

8. If your backpack has an external frame it is important to make sure that none of the items fastened to it swing around as the extra movement will negatively impact your balance. It is a good idea to limit the amount of items you fasten to the external frame as it is more trouble than it is worth.Backpacking                                                                                                       

9. Make sure that you are wearing the backpack in the correct way.  The straps should be tight enough to prevent swaying, but lose enough for it to be comfortable to move and breathe. Check and ensure that your hip belt is not above your hips.                                                                                                                                                                                        If you follow these steps, with a few adjustments depending on the duration and location of your hike, you should have a nicely organised and comfortable hiking experience.   

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