The Science of Backpacking Backpacks at Home
Know How To Pack A Backpack?
For those of you that need to know how to pack backpacking backpacks, this article should help you master the “science”.
The usual and most obvious place to begin is with the bottom of backpacking backpacks. A backpack usually has a large top end openings. When you actually look inside to see what it can hold you will be amazed. The majority of backpackers load their sleeping bag first at the base of the backpack.
Items which you do not need until camping in the evening are loaded at the bottom also. Such items include underwear, jackets, bed time clothes, pillowcases, plus other items that can be rolled up into small shapes. However, one item that you may consider to be night time gear is a torch but this should be placed somewhere it can be easily accessed at all times.
A special precaution that is advisable is to ensure your sleeping bag is kept away from other items that can cause it to smell differently, such as perfume or alcohol. This is to ensure that you are safer from attack by wild bears as they are unable to distinguish between the aroma of food and nonfood items. Did you know that bears are unable to distinguish between toothpaste or lotion aromas and jerky or meat contained within your backpack? Imagine the dangers that may arise!
Did you known that some backpacks posses zipped compartments at the bottom that are also named sleeping bag compartments. Many backpackers love the convenience this compartment provides, but think about the extra weight it adds to the backpack when considering a purchase.
Next, the heavier items need to be placed above the sleeping bag, close to your spine to improve backpack stability. Also make sure to remember to place heavy items in line with the center of your spine so that there is better stability. Such items may include food, which could be contained within a bear canister or a stuff stack; and water supply within your hydration reservoir. Other items placed here could be your cooking kit, stove and any other heavy items.
Your hydration reservoir is usually easy to insert when the backpack is empty. This means you have two options: 1. insert the reservoir whilst you are still at home; and 2. transport the reservoir within a cooler to your hiking location and insert it there, but this may entail repacking your backpack. When using a hydration reservoir, make sure to check that you have your reservoir sleeve in your backpack.
Read our detailed guide if you want to learn all about backpacks for hiking and backpacking.
A Video About Packing Backpacks
This 3 minute 38 seconds video demonstrates the use of stuff sacks and compression sacks to show how to fit the most gear in your bag when you are backpacking, while still keeping all your stuff organized and easy to find.