Here are a few tips from REI, for packing your backpack. Remember, this is for an internal frame backpack with a hip belt and not for a daypack or external frame backpack. Some of the concepts are the same for those, but they are loaded differently.
Concepts for loading your internal frame backpack:
- Heavy stuff close to your back
- Light stuff away from your back
- Least used stuff on the bottom
- Most used stuff on top
I like to add to those:
- Put EVERYTHING in a waterproof container (like a ziplock bag or trash bag).
- Pack from a list
- Share weight with a buddy (one gets the tent, the other gets the poles)
- Don’t wear anything on your pants belt – put it in your backpack, instead.
- When you unpack, review your packing list and cross out the non-required things you didn’t really need to bring. They’ll just weight you down again, next time.
Check out this video for some additional information that is REALLY helpful:
More great tips are available at http://www.north-america-wilderness-backpacking.com/how-to-pack-a-backpack.html
Do you have other backpack loading tips? Share them with me in the comments.