How to Pack a Hiking Backpack

How to Pack a Hiking BackpackAlbeit as a travel enthusiast you may feel that you don’t always have the time to organize your things before you head out for an encounter with an adventure, but there is a plethora of benefits that packing your bag properly has, so by making a little effort, your backpacking experience can significantly be improved.

Planning ahead of time will help you keep all the necessary items you need in your backpack so that you don’t end up leaving some really important things behind which you may need during hiking. The necessity of organizing your backpack increases tenfold when you’re going for a long hike where you will require things like food, clothing, and even toiletries.

Taking out time to be organized can be a daunting task, which is why I applaud anyone who took the first step and made an effort to look for ways to pack his/her hiking backpack.

So without further ado enlisted below are five ways through which you can pack your hiking backpack.

Pick a backpack

During a hike you will appreciate your approach of having brought a lightweight backpack along because a relatively heavier backpack can slow you down. The weight of the backpack also depends upon the kind of hike you are going for.

So if you will be going for a day hike then it is okay to keep a light backpack with you but for an overnight backpacking experience you will need a bigger backpack which can carry your sleeping bag and tent as well.

The season in which you are going for a hike is also an important element in determining the size of your backpack because in winters you will need a backpack big enough to hold all your layers. But during summers you can manage with a smaller backpack too.

Check to see if the backpack has the adequate amount of necessary compartments you need to put in all of your things in their separate spaces. It is often ideal to go for a backpack that offers multiple compartments.

Gather your essentials

Right after you have selected a backpack for the hike, the next step is to gather your essentials and pack them. You might be tempted to pack a lot of unnecessary things but you should keep in mind that doing so would only weigh you down. So meticulously plan the things you will be taking along.

If you plan on doing landscape photography during your hike then feel free to take your camera along. But if you want to write about your experience and you are thinking about taking your journal along but you have no space then a proactive approach is to download an app on your phone which serves as a journal.

There are other ingenious ways of paring down too. For instance if you have packed a box of granola bars to give you energy during your hike then instead of taking the box along, just pack the bars separately.

Arrange your items on the basis of their weight

Make separate piles of your items on the basis of their weight. So you can have one pile of heavy weight items which can include things like your camera, torch, food, etc.

The next pile can be of light weight items which can include things like your clothes or sleeping bag.

And the next pile can be of medium weight items which can include things like your heavier clothing items.

Keep your essentials where they are easily accessible

You don’t want to come across a beautiful view and not be able to take its picture just because you packed your camera at the bottom and it isn’t accessible. This is the reason why you need to have all of your essentials like your torch, camera, GPS, water bottle, and other essentials on the top of your backpack.

Lift the bag and see how it feels

After you are done packing, you should check the bag by lifting it and walking around to see if you will be comfortable on the mountains while carrying this bag. If you feel it’s too heavy then pare it down by contemplating what else you can leave behind. However if it feels good then you are good to go.

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