Backpacking & Camping Tips : Packing a Backpack

Backpacking & Camping Tips : Packing a Backpack


Hi, I’m Richard Fields. In this clip we’re
going to be talking about how to load a backpack. Now I’ve thought about putting the light stuff
in the bottom of the pack. I’ve stuffed my down sleeping bag, down jacket, sleeping pad
and some down booties in the bottom of the pack. Now up in the top, the principle is
this. You want to have your heaviest stuff packed closest to your body so they get it
closest to your center of gravity. So you start with things like your tent and your
food, and if you have a water bladder, it’s going to also be right up against your back
which is where you want it. So having put the heavy things closest to my pack, then
I can fill in around it with my clothing and other lighter fare. The smaller items like
socks and neck cozies and wool caps can be easily stuffed in and around cylindrical objects
and other bulky objects to fill in all the gaps and spaces. And then of course the stuffed
items that are soft will also comply very well with molding into different spots in
your pack, keeping in mind always to keep the heavy stuff towards the back of the pack.
Now once you have it loaded in that fashion, you don’t want this load moving around on
you a lot, so you’re going to want to make sure that you use the cinch straps on your
pack. And it’ll be different with each designed pack, but there’ll be cinch straps to tighten
down the load to keep it from bouncing around so that it will ride comfortably on you and
be stable. In the top of the pack, the lid, is where you’ll want to put a lot of your
smaller items such as a first aid kit, lotion, toiletries, various things like that that
you’ll want to get access to without having to dig into the pack. For your side pockets,
it’s a good idea to use these lightweight ditty bags so that you can put a variety of
small objects in there and not have them get lost in the pocket. Things such as an energy
bar, lighter, knife, compass, chap stick, sunscreen, those sort of things. Things that
you’re going to want to be able to get access to throughout the day on the trail. And so
that’s how to pack a backpack.

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