Many of them put the pack in at the last minute before the trip, thinking, “Oh, it’s just a backpack, that’s all there is to it.” The reality is that there is an answer to this madness, and that is a well-packed backpack.
A well-organized backpack will help make carrying the biggest loads seem effortless. This is a task that differs in many ways from packing a suitcase. Imagine it this way, the burden of carrying a backpack on your shoulders is not the same as carrying a suitcase behind you. A suitcase has two huge compartments and various sub-compartments to arrange your clothes and other accessories.
A backpack, however, has only one compartment that is only accessible by lifting it up, which makes it easier to get to your items. However, in the same case, if you don’t pack it in a proper way (especially if you are camping), you risk messing it up and getting things can become difficult. This is why it is essential to learn how to pack a backpack for camping.
Whatever the situation, whether you’re strolling through the streets of Europe or planning a hike, this guide will help you make the most of your time, avoid injuries , and avoid wasting space. While today’s backpacks are more advanced, more technical, and they allow you to transport more items than ever before, however, literally packing your backpack correctly will get you farther
Let’s take a look at the basic outline of a typical backpack, starting with the many pockets, as this is an important step in understanding the best way to carry your backpack while camping.
The pockets in a backpack
Every backpack is unique, as the design and placement will vary from company to company, but they do have some common features to make packing easier. To make the most of your backpack and to ensure that the most critical things are easily accessible, pockets play an important role as they help to distribute the weight.
Pockets for water bottles
This is the most obvious compartment and is located near the bottom of the backpack, on both sides. In addition to the water bottle, they can be used to store other items such as used socks or underwear (if you don’t have room for a separate bag).
The pocket near the hip belt
Sometimes they are integrated into the waistband around the hips. They are also described as quick access pockets because you can put all sorts of things in them. It can include anything from tissues to lip balm, and the best part is that you don’t need to carry a backpack to access it.
Do you have the right backpack?
The location and purpose of these pockets is very helpful because it can help you determine if the backpack you’re going to buy will fit your needs. If you are going on an adventure that is short term, then pockets will be sufficient.
If you’re not keen on walking around with a backpack for long periods of time, some of the newer backpacks have wheels (although they may just defeat the purpose of the backpack). You may want to look at some reviews before choosing a particular model. Maybe it’s better to use it less.
Packing your backpack
Two words to keep in mind when you start packing are comfort and convenience. The latter means you don’t need to carry everything out , and still find what you’re looking for. In terms of comfort, we are saying that the burden is enough to allow you to walk without causing any movement. This can only be achieved by understanding how to pack a backpack that is suitable for camping.
How can I pack comfortably?
It’s important to keep your center of gravity, which means that as long as the heaviest part of your gear is located closest to your own body, you’ll be fine. Always remember to keep food, cooking equipment and food items (of any kind) between your shoulder blades or near your shoulders. This will ensure that they stay centered in your body and don’t move around when you walk.
The most important point any person will give you is not to bring a new backpack to your destination, you should test it out on the road first. The best way to choose the right backpack is to add some weight to it and put it on. Find out if it’s balanced and comfortable for you, and make sure your shoulder straps are well padded and stay in the same position as you move.
Your stuff should be arranged the way you need it to be. During the day, you likely won’t need or want a sleeping bag, so you’re better off putting it in the lower part of your bag. As we mentioned before, snacks should always be placed in the upper part of your pack.
Do you think it will be windy later? Maybe you should consider putting your jacket and hat on the top of your backpack.
Be frugal when packing
When packing for an adventure, it’s easy to turn to “just in case” items. That canvas t-shirt you’ve always wanted to wear, that thick tunic you’ve been looking forward to wearing on a hike, or maybe those new slip-on shoes you haven’t tested yet. What people don’t realize is that with each new item they add, their backpack gets heavier.
The most basic rule of backpacking is to put out everything you need for the trip. It’s best to write it down by the point, the way we do.
Do you really need an all-in-one shaving kit that includes a lather brush, and a balm for all your beards?
Do you need that thick bathroom towel you like, or do you prefer to bring a light, quick-drying towel for the road?
Are you really ready to put on your formal shoes for the airport in case you’re invited to an elegant evening in Tuscany? Consider this.
Will you need to do your laundry during your visit?
Do you really need a full makeup kit? Or can you endure three days with lip balm and moisturizer?
If you plan each option, you’ll find you can greatly reduce the amount of clothing you have to wear along with the rest. Make sure to get rid of all heavy clothing (unless you’re visiting the mountains in fog and really need a heavy jacket).
In some cases, you can take the metal attachments off your backpack to reduce the weight if you don’t think you need them. Frames are helpful when carrying heavy loads, and getting rid of them will help a lot.
Once you’ve chosen all the equipment you think you’ll need, take it off your backpack and walk a few blocks. If you find that it is too heavy for your needs, then you can decide to reduce the other items.
Protection from the rain
If you’ve already gotten wet, it doesn’t mean you need to endure the rest of the hike in soaking wet clothes. We guarantee that this is the most miserable experience you will ever have. Consider packing your backpack knowing that it will rain at any moment. It’s possible to purchase a waterproof pack in the first place, however, if you’re forced to work with your backpack, here are some helpful tips.
Use garbage bags
This is one of the most affordable ways to waterproof your current or new (if it’s not waterproof) backpack. Before you start, you should put all your stuff in a large trash bag before you put it in your backpack. Take the maximum amount of air out of the bag and tie a knot in it to secure it. Make sure to include waterproofing in your sleeping bag, as you don’t want to sleep in a wet bag.
You can also purchase a rain cover from a store shelf or buy one online and it will be your first line of defense against the rain. Keep this rain cover in a place where you can reach it in case of an emergency. Your belongings can be placed in a garbage bag for protection.
These bags are a little more expensive than garbage bags because they are made of premium materials. We can assure you that these bags are a great option when the rain starts pouring down.
Perhaps, by now, you’ve learned the basics of packing a backpack for camping. You’ve probably realized that it’s not that hard, the key is to be patient, list everything you need, and remove anything you don’t need.