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How to Pack a Backpack

When it comes to experiencing the outdoors, nothing beats backpacking. But carrying around all that gear on a trail isn’t easy. Here are some ways you can make it easier by packing the right way:

  • Stuff you won’t need until reaching camp should go deeper in your pack.
  • Put rain gear, first-aid kit, a sweater, dry socks and other essential items near the top or in a side pocket where they are easily accessible.
  • Keep cooking fuel in a side pocket so it’s isolated from the rest of your supplies.
  • Keep your tent where you can quickly reach it if you need to get a shelter up fast.
  • At the end of your trip, review your gear list to see if there is anything you can do without next time.

Once you have your pack loaded, adjust the waist belt and shoulder straps so that most of the weight rides on your hips. Don’t try to carry the pack with your muscles. Throughout the day, you can adjust the straps to shift the weight to ease any discomfort.

And leave the frozen chicken at home 🙂



The contents of your pack will depend on the type of outing, but our packing checklists can help keep you from forgetting any of the essentials.

12 Comments on How to Pack a Backpack

  1. Your always thinking about food… that’s totally me

  2. What pack is used in the picture

  3. good pack list

    • looks like Aether AG 70 Expedition Backpack – 70 L, or maybe
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      Hiker’s way 70 Ltrs Internal Frame Rucksack Backpacks Travel Bag Hiking Bag Camping Bag Trekking Bags with Waterproof Compartment & Rain Cover (HW-7001) (Navy Blue)
      by hiker’s way


  5. An extra tip that I would do is to not stress over which side of the backpack the small stuff is in.

  6. I nead this cuz im going campingq

  7. Did you mention Duct tape?

  8. Scoutleader824 // March 19, 2019 at 11:40 am // Reply

    You don’t need to put a canister of propane stove fuel in an outside pocket, only liquid fuel. Canisters of propane fit inside your cook kit with your stove.

  9. thankful Boy Scout // July 10, 2017 at 10:51 pm // Reply

    Good to know.😁⛺💖😁

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