How to Pack a Pack.

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Before going backpacking it is important to know how to properly pack your backpack. Backpacking is an amazing experience but can be very difficult. To get the most out of your backpacking experience make sure, before starting your trek, that you back pack is properly packed. By following these easy steps you can have an awesome time backpacking enjoying the view while relieve the stress on your back. The first thing to do is stet out all the stuff, that you will be taking on the trip, out in front of you to see. Make sure that everything is in visible sight.

Step 1: The Pack

Set your pack out and make sure that nothing is in it. Make sure that it is completely empty. Put the pack in a place where you can easily put things into it.

Step 2: The Sleeping Bag

Place the sleeping bag at the bottom of the bag. It is something that you do not need to reach for every five minute and it will be comfort on your back while hiking.

Step 3: Clothes

After pack your sleeping bag fit your clothes in anywhere possible. Do not fold your clothes, it is easier to pack them away if you can just place them anywhere. Plus who need nice clothes while backpacking.

Step 4: Stay Fresh

Next pack away all your soups, shampoos, and deodorants. Be careful because sometimes while hiking bottles may open and spill in you bag. To prevent this from happening but any liquids in a plastic bag.

Step 5: Shoes

Place shoes on the top so that they are easy to access if necessary, While on a hike you may need to change shoes for some reason and it helps if they are easier to find.

Step 6: Food.

This is one of the most important part of the trip, food. Pack food away so that it is easy to reach in any situation. You never know when you're gonna get hungry. Also be aware that the constant movement of you pack may cause food like sandwiches to get smashed so try and pack them carefully.

Step 7: The Goods.

Supplies like a flashlight, cell phone, and toilet paper are all small things but very important. In case of any emergency this items should be placed away from any thing else so they are easy to grab.

Step 8: H2O

Last and possible the most important is water. On a trip it is very important to stay hydrated. You should be ding at least 32oz of water every hour on a trip. Make your water easily accessible so that you don't have to remove your pack. Once you put everything away you are ready to go out in to the wild. Remember to enjoy every minute of nature and not take it for granted. To learn more about backpacking and different trials look online. Backpacking is a great way to get away and have a relaxing and fulfilling experience.

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    lukeyj15

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I just come back from a 3 day hike, and learnt a fair bit. Firstly, when hiking, unless you are in the desert you won't drink that much water an hour. When you hike for pretty much 8 hours a day, That's a hell of a lot of water. Most of our drinking needs came from meals. And don't guzzle water when you stop. You'll throw up. Also, it was quite wet, so our shoes reflected that fact. When you put on clean socks in the morning, they aren't dry after about 2 seconds in wet shoes. Carrying dry shoes wasn't an option. It's too heavy. Also, you didn't go into much detail about cooking food or what foods to bring. Tins are a massive no no. You have to carry the weight of the tin, the water in the tin, and the can opener. You also have to carry the empty tin out.

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    surya raju

    4 years ago

    can you please mention the link where you bought that hydration bladder?

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    acepilot32

    8 years ago on Step 3

    Folding your clothes in half with the sleeves tucked and then roll them length wise so they're like little cylinders. it has always worked for me and i was able to fit half a weeks worth of clothes in a 2x2x1/2 pack easily with extra and side pockets for toiletries. just a little suggestion.

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    Pickles5000acepilot32

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 3

    This is a good idea, not only does it organise everything but it takes up less space than just stuffing everything in.

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    sbarker2

    7 years ago on Step 8

    I have noticed a lot of hiking bags have little 'pockets' on the underside that hold a bag cover. If you's doesn't have one try to either get one or find a very, very large shower cap. Good for a rainforest hike and not getting your bag wet/moldy.

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    Honora

    7 years ago on Step 4

    Just discovered soap nut powder. Being completely dry, it's very light. I've been using it as shampoo and body soap. About a teaspoon is enough for both jobs. It can be used for washing your clothes too.

    Usually, where I hike ( the back country of New Zealand) there's abandoned soap around the place and sometimes shampoo as well.

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    phblj

    9 years ago on Step 8

    Good start, but be careful with some of your advice-- keeping shoes accessible isn't nearly as important as keeping heavy things low and close to your back for stability and to fight fatigue. I wouldn't want 2L of water on the back of my pack like that when trying to navigate uneven terrain. Also, you might want to clarify your 32 oz/hour guideline. Seems a little high, even for warm weather on a steep trail. It'd have to be pretty hot and strenuous for me to keep up with that kind of drinking.

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    lauralbabyphblj

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 8

    Agreed. Water is usually the heaviest item, and in a bladder it should be closest to your back. and I think 16oz/hr is probably fine.

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    Wolfixphblj

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

     Thanks for mentioning the water, phblj

    It is important to pay attention to the type of pack you are carrying.  I use an Aarn Bodypack and therefore water is stored at the front of balance pockets which attach to my shoulder straps and counterbalance the pack weight.

    With a regular backpack, water is best stored behind the pack against the back in a camelback or similar, or inside the pack at about the shoulder blades, right against the back.  This will not only keep you stable and help transfer weight to the hipbelt but will also keep the water and plastic reservoir cool.

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    Bjorno

    7 years ago on Step 8

    You should probably clarify your water drinking suggestion.

    Drinking 32oz of water an hour is for desert or extreme scenarios. Try that up in the BWCAW during march and you will just be stopping ever 20 rods to urinate.

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    ilpugBjorno

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    thats true. i just normally stick with 2-3 litres a day if im doing level walking.

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    lukeyj15

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Oh, and everything had it's own plastic bag to keep it dry. From toilet paper to sleeping bags

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    3leftturns

    8 years ago on Step 8

    This is great! I like to pack similar items into small stuff sacks of different colors so I can easily find items for specific tasks- cooking, clothing, cleanliness, etc.

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    co1973

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice guide, but I think you're missing some really important stuff. You talked about making things accessible that you might need in a hurry, but you missed a big one. How about a First Aid Kit? When I'm backpacking or hiking, it is the only thing that is _always_ easily accessible to me. I keep it in a top pocket (on the lid of the pack) or in a side pocket, either one of which I can reach without taking the pack off.