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How to properly pack your pack in preperation for an amazing backpacking trip

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Getting ready to go backpacking and don't know how to pack? Was the awesome-ness of your last trip diminished due to an uncomfortable/loosely packed backpack? In your inexperience, did you pack everything in a messenger bag, only to kill your shoulders by the first day? No? Only me? Well then...

After hours of HEAVY-DUTY(!) Google-ing, I think I can safely say that I can advise you, the marvelous outdoors-loving how-to fan that you are, to properly pack your pack.

LET'S BEGIN.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Im still getting pictures and will be updating this instructable shortly. I only published it unfinished to show a teacher and a friend.

FIXED! Now with pictures!!

I made the FRONT PAGE!! :D Cross that off my bucket list!
 
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Step 1: Gear: The Pack

First, you must decide on a backpack. You'll have to look at your trip plan (how many days/nights will you be out, how many people are coming, how many miles you're hiking) and decide how much gear you'll need to bring. Then, pick a pack from there.

For a light hike, a "fanny pack" or something like a "sack pack" (the ones that are just bags with a draw string that you can put on your back) will do.

For an overnight stay, you'll need a larger pack. Also think about if youre bringing a tent, a sleeping bag, maby a hammock, because you may want lashing options on the pack for that.

For multiple nights, you'll want a more serious pack. look for one with a capacity of 60 to 80 liters, again, depending on what your trip looks like.
C-R-E-89 hours ago
Awesome instructable but in my opinion a gerber tool swis army knife and machete is enough
heregoagain7 months ago
Wow! I go camping at kettle moraine in wi! I'm having a hard time cutting weight on my pack. I only weigh 125 so it's hard to pack according to what is comfortable to carry long distances.
Terranan (author)  heregoagain7 months ago

Could you possibly post the contents of your pack? I've had to cut weight a lot before, I may be able to help. Also, what shelter do you prefer? I've camped all of them in the northern unit, I know a lot of what's there, so you may not even have to bring certain things...

2-3 person tent
12x12 tarp
3300 pack (alps mtn)
Very little clothes
Fire starters
First aid
0 degree bag
Rain coat (very light)
2.5 L of water
Food (pretty heavy/not freeze dried)
--> that's roughly it. I cut back since I posted the question. I've been obsessing over this for a week now. It's for winter-ish camping btw.
Thanks for offering to help!
Why potatoes? >:( I don't get it.
Terranan (author)  animal lover7 months ago

Small, easy to pack, bundles of carbs. :P I like to wrap them in tin foil and leave them on the outside of my fire right before I go to sleep, like right in the coals. usually when I wake up, I have baked potatoes for breakfast!

macpower1 year ago
I used to disappear into the Catskills and the Berkshires for weekend treks. The only thing I can add to this 'ible is that if you're going overnight, put the tarp, tent, and cordage on top!

Once you got that up it doesn't matter how you pack/unpack.

Let's all be careful out there!
Terranan (author)  macpower1 year ago
I put the shelter stuff on bottom, because thats the stuff I'll need latest in the day. the most frequently used items are on top for ease of acess. This works perfectly well in fair weather, however, if I'm expecting rain, tarp goes on top. Just in case.
Xthinker1 year ago
How much does your pack usually weigh? It just seems like you packed a few unnecessary things, like the hatchet... It has to weigh at least 5 pounds, but the handle is pretty sweet!
Terranan (author)  Xthinker1 year ago
I can usally keep it under 10-12 lbs with food and water for a short trip. I like my hatchet alot (made the handle myself!), but I don't usually bring it, 'cause its so heavy.
bamboojim1 year ago
you got to much junk
ArcticHI2 years ago
The Kettle Moraine? :P You from Wisconsin too? :D
Terranan (author)  ArcticHI2 years ago
Yep! I live like 20 miles from kettle moraine. Its my favorite forest! :D Ever been there?
Yeah :D Live right by it haha
Terranan (author)  ArcticHI2 years ago
Lol, thats so awesome. :p

You goin out there this fabulous summer?
Oh yeah xD I wanna go hiking a lot more :)
The first thing that I had noticed about your atrical is the picture of someone who looks to be blowing fire?! is that right? thats really cool. how did he do it, or how did you do it? this artical is really helpful and i wish i had the time and money. i cant wait for the "how to backback with you dog" you were talking about..well done Terranan!![:
Terranan (author)  instructables12345672 years ago
Thats a picture of me making a campfire. I made a little ember and put it into my tinder bundle and blew on it to get it going.

:) Im glad you like my instructable, ill deffinatly be making more!
kmpeace132 years ago
well done Terranan, I never knew there was a need for so much stuff..especially all the first aid kit! i hope to read more of your articals soon! hopefully you got an A+ in this project!!(:
canucksgirl2 years ago
Well Done! Some great tips. ;-)
Terranan (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Thanks! And thanks for following. :p im working on a follow up: how to backpack with your dog!