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Packing Your Backpack

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Backpacking is a fun way to explore the outdoors and experience the beauty of nature. Whether you're a seasoned backpacker or new to the activity, packing your backpack the right way is crucial for ensuring that you will have a comfortable and enjoyable trip. Below are some of our tips and tricks on packing your bag the right way.

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The Backpack
Before you start, choose a backpack that will work with your body type and be large enough to fit your needs. Your backpack is essentially your home on the trail, so it needs to be comfortable and well-fitted. Look for a backpack with adjustable straps, a padded back panel, and plenty of compartments for organizing your gear. If you ever need help, our staff are experts in sizing and fitting backpacks. Give us a call or stop in.

Deuter Aircontact Core 60 + 10 SL

Osprey Aether 65

Deuter Aircontact Core 60 + 10 SL
Osprey Aether 65

Packing List
Creating a packing list is critical in ensuring you don't forget anything essential. Start by making a list of all the items you'll need for your trip, including clothing, shelter, food, water, and other essential gear. Organize your list by category to make it easier to pack and check off items as you go.

Heaviest Items First
When packing your backpack, always start with the heaviest items first. This will help distribute the weight evenly across your back. Place heavy items like your tent, sleeping bag, and stove at the bottom of your backpack, close to your back. This will keep the weight close to your body and help you maintain your balance while hiking.

Packing Cubes and Compression Sacks
Packing cubes and compression sacks can be a game-changer for organizing your gear. These small bags help you pack more efficiently by compressing your clothing and other soft items, freeing up space in your backpack. They also help keep your gear organized and easy to find.


Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil eVent Compression Dry Sack

Sea to Summit Stuff Sack

Sea to Summit EVAC Compression UL
Sea to Summit Lightweight Stuff Sack

Pockets and Compartments
Most backpacks have multiple pockets and compartments, so take advantage of them. Use the smaller pockets for items you'll need to access frequently, like your phone, map, or snacks. Keep gear like rain jackets or moleskin on the outer pockets for easy access, and you don't have to dig around your bag for them.

Weight Distribution
Proper weight distribution is crucial for a comfortable backpacking trip. Make sure to balance the weight evenly throughout the bag to avoid straining your shoulders and back. Keep the heaviest items close to your body, and distribute the lighter items towards the top and sides of your backpack.

Don't Forget the Essentials
When packing for a backpacking trip, it can be easy to get carried away with all the gear you think you might need. However, it's essential not to forget the essentials like a first aid kit, water filtration system, and a map and compass. These items can be lifesaving in an emergency. Also, include the smaller items, such as your toiletries. Having toilet paper and soap can make your trip that much more enjoyable. 

Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash

Sea to Summit Pocket Trowel Alloy

Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash
Sea to Summit Pocket Trowel Alloy


Stay Organized
Once you've packed your backpack, keeping it organized throughout your trip is essential. Take the time to pack and unpack your gear carefully, so you know where everything is. Use a separate bag or dry sack for dirty clothes, and keep your food separate to prevent any spills or messes.

Packing your backpack is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable backpacking trip. Take the time to create a packing list, use packing cubes and compression sacks, and organize your gear efficiently. Don't forget the essentials, and always consider weight distribution when packing. With these tips and tricks, you'll be ready for your next adventure in the great outdoors.

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