If you plan to be out hiking and camping for a few days, you will probably be carrying a very heavy backpack. In the case of your chosen forest or mountainous area, you will most likely be camping in the wilderness and carrying the necessary items with you. For more committed hikers, it is recommended to bring a tent and sleeping bag, as well as cooking supplies.
Because most of the time you are always on the move (until the time you choose to set up camp), you must learn how to properly pack and organize your hiking backpack. You will carry most of the essentials to avoid returning to your campsite. Setting up camp near your campsite is essential and will require an outdoor tent.
How do I pack my tent in my backpack?
Do I put the tent inside my backpack or do I secure it to my backpack? Different backpackers have different opinions on this There are ways to accomplish both. However, it’s not as easy as it seems. If you pack your backpack the wrong way, it can be uncomfortable on a hike and can hurt your tent or backpack. In this article, we’ll examine a few ways to pack your tent on the back of your backpack.
The process of packing and choosing a backpack
It is important to consider packing your backpack in the proper way because it can affect your comfort level on a hike. If your backpack is correctly packed properly, you will be able to carry it for hours and not feel tired due to proper weight distribution. However, improperly packed backpacks can lead to back pain, thus necessitating frequent breaks and affecting your overall enjoyment of the hike.
For this reason, you need to pick a proper hiking backpack to meet your requirements. This guide will show you how to choose the right backpack, so if you’re just starting to explore backpacking, go ahead and find out.
If you don’t have a backpack , and you plan to buy one for your hiking trip, we recommend looking for a backpack with an internal frame.
We recommend using an internal frame because it has many benefits, such as making sure your pack is upright, your items are neatly arranged, and you don’t feel uncomfortable because of shaking or rocking. In addition, a backpack with an internal frame has more space, which gives you the ability to add more items (although we don’t recommend overloading your pack) or put your gear inside without as much hassle.
If you already have an outdoor backpack and you purchased a tent on impulse, you’re worried that your tent might be too big for your backpack. But don’t worry, the solution is simple: buy compression sacks that will pack your tent tightly, making them smaller and easier to carry.
Once you have your tent and backpack ready to go, let’s start exploring how to fit the tent into the back of your backpack.
How to fit the tent into the backpack
Before you put the tent in your backpack, lay it on its side and check that it is dry. If it is damp, you need it to be completely dry. If the tent is damp, it will not only add weight to your backpack, but it will also cause moisture to other things inside the backpack. It can also trigger mold and mildew, or even mold.
The first step is to take the tent poles that came with the tent and put them in the bag that came with it. Then, take the tent and place it on a surface to make sure there isn’t any moisture. The bag with the poles must be placed in the middle of the tent on a flat surface.
Start rolling the tent with the poles into the smallest package possible, making sure they are all aligned. Please note that these must be rolled in as straight a line as possible. If you think your alignment may not be right, move the tent out of the way and start over. Tents that are not rolled properly will cause uncomfortable packing in the future. The poles placed between the tents will give it the stability and firmness it needs.
The tighter the tent is folded, the more comfortable it will be. The looser the tent is packed, the more space it will have to shake. There is also the possibility of it becoming loose and falling out of your pack, causing other equipment to get caught in the process and eventually hurting the tent or your gear.
If you have an extra bag that goes in the bag with your tent, put the tent in it and secure it as well as you can. The result is an easy to pack tent that you can put in. Then you can transfer to your backpack to get the next thing.
Check what you are carrying and set aside the bulkier items. These items should be placed in the lower part of your backpack to ensure that the weight can be evenly distributed over your shoulders your spine, your shoulders and the upper part of your hips. Remember, about 30% of your body weight must go in your backpack, not anything.
If you have an overnight bag, it must always be placed at the bottom of your backpack. This is because it is usually the last thing you have to take off when you go camping. Another reason is that in some cases it can be heavy (although backpacks have seen advances that can readily provide lighter sleeping bags). The bag should be as compact as possible before you put it in your backpack. The bottom of the pack will ensure that there is enough room for other equipment. You should also make sure it is dry before packing it.
Place your packed tent on top of your sleeping bag. Ideally, you want to place it on the side of the bag. If you find it overcrowded, then you can place it sideways depending on your other equipment. However, always make sure it is located within the center of your bag. You can fill it with other things, such as a folded pair of jeans or a couple of t-shirts, so that the backpack doesn’t wobble. This will ensure that your weight is evenly distributed.
This is how you carry your tent on the back of your backpack. Now that you know how to do it, we’ll move on to discovering how to attach a tent to a backpack.
How to Attach a Tent to a Backpack
You’ve probably seen wanderers and hikers carrying heavy backpacks. These are usually sleeping bags or tents carried in a backpack with a frame extension. This is not to say that a tent cannot be attached to a backpack with an internal frame, however backpacks with external frames are made to transport these items externally.
While there are some benefits to carrying a tent outside, however, there are certain disadvantages to doing so. One of the main disadvantages of carrying your tent outdoors, especially when you are hiking in the woods, is the possibility of your tent getting tangled in tree branches that could be damaged. It may also come in contact with sharp objects and form cuts on it. It may also be ripped off if it is not secured properly. When you keep your tent in your backpack, packed tightly with other things, it has the confidence that it is safe.
One of the benefits of putting it outside is that it creates more space for other equipment. Another benefit of doing this is that it reduces the strain on your back.
A backpack that has a frame is external and includes straps and loops that can be used to keep the tent usually on the lower part of the back. When putting it on the frame, you need to be careful to secure it properly and not leave any room for wobbling.
Make sure the straps are secured before putting the tent on. They can also be used as compression straps. This can turn your tent into a neat bundle.
There are threaded loops on both sides of the exterior backpack. These loops are on both sides to make sure your straps don’t come loose and they prevent your tent from falling off the backpack completely. All you have to do is tie a proper knot of your liking at the bottom to hold the straps in position.
If you put your tent on the bottom of your backpack in this way (instead of on top), you will find that your movement will not be restricted and you will be able to wander around freely without any hassle.
In this article you’ve learned how to fit your tent into your backpack by using it internally or externally. Before you embark on your journey, try packing your tent at home so you will know the cons and benefits of both ways depending on the backpack you are using.