Guidelines for Packing A Hiking Backpack for A Multi-day Trip
How much do you know about packing a multi-day hiking backpack? Undoubtedly, a well packed backpack may be a great gift for your whole journey. It should be neat and organized with every necessary things packed inside. Therefore, it is essential for every backpacker to spare some time learning the skills of packing their hiking packs efficiently and neatly. Since there is no unified method to judge which is right or wrong, people can do as they like. Here, the packing tips I shared is just a general guideline. Hope it can do you a favor in your hiking preparation.
Backpack choosing. Backpack choosing should go first in the packing process. A lot of features (type, color, size, material, your preference, etc.) matter which one is right for you. Among these referential factors, size and material should weigh the most. Your backpack should fit for your torso at first; then it will be roomy enough to pack all of your essential gears inside. Since it is a multi-day hiking, hiking backpacks with at least medium volume are nice. Material should also deserve your concern. Waterproof or windproof material should be your first choice in case you will encounter rainfall, windstorm or some other extreme weather. These hiking packs will ensure the freshness and readiness of your stuff.
Item Preparation: The best method to have all your equipment and supplies packed is to assemble them together. Put them in some empty place and check whether you leave out anything or not. Here is a list of some essential gears: hiking backpack, sleeping bag and pad, tent, clothes, food and drink, matches, map, compass, knife, first aid kit, sunglasses, water bottles, etc. You may add or delete anything according to your hiking reality.
Packing Rules: I just summarized a general packing rule depending on my hiking experience. Less used things are put in the bottom and the most used ones on the top; Heavy stuff is set against your back and the light one away from the back; the sides and pockets are filled with your accessories. Details will be explained in the following text.
The bulky and less used equipment includes sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, all of which can only be used at night, so you need put your sleeping bag at the bottom (while some internal frame backpacks are designed with a sleeping bag compartment), and then put your sleeping pad and tent horizontally at the bottom or middle part following the sleeping bag. Clothes, food and drink go the next. They are arranged in the middle or on the top according to their using frequency. Make sure to bring a rain coat and some change clothes and put them next to your back in case it is poked by the gears. Food should be arranged in separate bags for specific meal. Another important thing that shouldn’t be ignored is the first aid kit. Even though it can’t be used during your whole journey, yet it is vital for your emergency. The pockets and some minor compartments are ideal place for the other accessories.
After everything being packed inside the hiking packs, all you need to do is to lock all the zippers and pockets. And tighten the straps and belts when you carry the backpack on your back. Then one hiking backpack has been completely packed. The next step is to go for your expectant hiking.
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