Fitting clothes into a backpack is a delicate art However, a certain amount of planning and preparation can enhance the process. Before we dive into the specifics of putting clothes in your backpack, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of what you want to bring on this trip and what items you need to bring on this trip – which clothes can be all or part of what you like, but don’t need to be taken off at the beginning?
What clothes do you need to bring on the trip?
The importance of thoroughly planning an adventure trip has come back to the forefront. If you have researched the areas you will be visiting on your trip, you will have a good idea of the climate in those areas and the weather during the time you will be there. It is also recommended that you talk to your colleagues, friends, or other backpackers who have been to the area or other nearby locations to learn more about the weather conditions that can be expected during the season you will be visiting.
This will provide you with enough knowledge to decide whether you should carry a variety of warm clothing, as well as some more cold-proof clothing for colder weather, or whether one or the other will suffice. It will also allow you to figure out if a rain jacket is necessary in case it might rain during this time of year.
Regarding the type of clothing you need to bring, try not to use cotton when possible. Washing cotton clothes during a backpacking trip can be very difficult. In addition, cotton clothes tend to wrinkle more easily. Fabrics made of lightweight synthetic materials are best.
These fabrics breathe well and compress less than cotton. It is also easier to dry and wash these materials. You can wash them with the sink in your dorm room. Note that clothes made from lightweight synthetic materials may cost more, but the ease of use they offer is worth the extra amount.
However, there is no guarantee that everything will be done as a result of making a plan. It’s also up to you to make the decision. Do you really need 10 t-shirts and 5 pairs of shorts for your trip, or could you use 5 t-shirts and 3 pairs of shorts? Can you find cheap t-shirts in the city or country you are going to? If so, is it true that you will need at least two different T-shirts? Similar aspects must be considered for the other types of clothing you will be carrying, such as sweatshirts, jackets, pants, jeans, socks and underwear.
Shoes can fall into the same category as clothing to help plan the best way to store your clothes in your backpack. Bring the largest or heaviest footwear items with you when you are traveling from home or to the country you are visiting. This will lighten the load on your backpack to some extent.
Reduce the footwear you carry, which includes the footwear you will wear, to a minimum of two or three. A comfortable pair of running or walking shoes and breathable and comfortable sandals are a necessity. Plus add flip-flops to complete the package. If you’re going to be traversing a lot of rugged terrain, you can use running or walking shoes instead of hiking boots.
Roll up your clothes
To make the most of the space inside your backpack, you should roll up your clothes before packing them. The army roll method is perfect for t-shirts. The bottom sheet of the t-shirt (5-6 inches) must be folded inward and then, you need to center the left and right sides of the t-shirt. The sleeves must be folded back so that it does not stick out too much. Then, starting from the collar side of the shirt, roll it into a circle. The thin bottom part of your initial fold is now used to hold the roll in place to make sure it stays in the desired shape.
While this roll method won’t stop wrinkles, it will help you fit your clothes into a smaller bag than you would normally need.
For shorts and jeans Before you roll them up, fold them horizontally in half. Tie them up with a large rubber band to keep the roll in shape. You can do the same for your underwear and socks.
You can also roll up several pieces of clothing to make room. Place a pair of jeans folded vertically on the floor. Place a T-shirt on top, with both sides in the middle and the sleeves folded inward, also folded in half on top of the jeans. Place one of the pieces, or a pair of underwear, on top of the shirt. Make sure to roll this tightly.
If you are traveling, simply pull out this roll and put them on. There is no need to think about what to wear on that day. You can do the same thing with other clothing to create ready-to-wear outfits.
This doesn’t make sense if you’re carrying 10 T-shirts and 10 pairs of jeans. In fact, rolling all of these items could, in reality, do a lot of damage. However, if you are traveling light, with two or three pairs of jeans and less than half a dozen t-shirts, then this “roll multiple pieces of clothing together” technique can be very useful.
There are two benefits when you roll up your clothes. First, you will have fewer wrinkles when you roll your clothes in compared to when they are folded up and put in a bag. Clothes squeeze together from both sides, creating wrinkles.
If you are determined to know how to fit your clothes into your backpack, you should learn to use whatever space you have in your backpack to store some of your clothing stuff. For example, you can put your socks inside the shoes you’re bringing to make room. If you’re hiking and bringing utensils, the space inside the utensils is a great place to store rolled up t-shirts, underwear, and other things. This will allow you to bring more stuff than you normally would.
Compression dry bags
Rolling up your clothes is a great idea to help you use the space in your backpack more efficiently and allow you to carry a lighter backpack. Compression dry bags take the effectiveness of the way your clothes fit into your backpack up a few levels. Compression dry bags eliminate the extra space that clothes take up because air is trapped in the bag.
Clothes can be packed more compactly and can be cut to fit inside a backpack. When clothes are folded and packed, there is some unoccupied space in the backpack, however this is significantly less than the unused space when clothes are regularly folded and packed. Compressed dry bags ensure that the unused space is utilized. So if you are traveling with an 80 liter backpack, a compression dry bag will allow you to put all similar items in a 50-60 liter backpack.
Dry bags with straps or suspenders on both sides can be purchased and can be used as bags for day trips to the beach. Wet clothes can be put in the dry bag, which is waterproof and can be packed in the bag without hurting the other items in the bag. You can put another dry bag in which you can bring sweaty socks, wet towels and clothes that have been washed and not yet completely dry, etc.
You can purchase a top dry bag made of waterproof material for between $20 and $30. When buying a compressed dry bag, be sure to check the rims as well as the clips. The clips and rims ensure that the dry bag is airtight and secure. If they are not of high quality, the compression will diminish over time.
If you need to buy high quality dry bags for compression, you can spend a few dollars instead of cheap vacuum bags made of plastic that are not durable. It’s also wise to buy at least three different colored dry bags. You can put your T-shirts in one bag, your shorts and jeans in another, and then use a third bag for your underwear. The various colors will allow you to quickly identify the dry bag containing the set of clothes and will also help to help you pack more easily.
Packing cubes are different from dry compression bags. They do not compress or take away any of the air trapped in the clothes. However, they are useful for packing clothes in an organized manner. Packing cubes come in different sizes. You can get one for shirts and T-shirts or jeans, another for underwear and shorts, and another for underwear.
Although they take up more space than compression bags, the items will stay separated and apart. You can take the packing cubes out separately and when you pack them, just put them back in your backpack. Dry bags allow you to organize your packing. So, compressed dry bags are more efficient than packing cubes.
Compressed dry bags and packing cubes are ideal for jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. But not for button-down shirts. If you store button-down shirts in a dry compression bag, they will become wrinkled. You need a clothing organizer for button-down shirts.
The mesh folder folds flat and provides a collapsible board. The shirts are laid on the collapsible board, which allows you to fold them in order to reduce wrinkles. Once the mesh organizer is closed and secured, you can slide them into your backpack. It won’t take up too much space and will help keep your shirts from getting wrinkled.
The lightest to the heaviest
At this point, you’ve got all the data you need to sort and organize your closet. You’ve decided whether to fold and store all your clothes, whether to utilize compression dry bags, packing cubes, clothing organizers, and you realize that backpacking recommends packing light.
Then you can start packing everything in your bag. Clothes and shoes aren’t always the only items you’ll be packing; other things must be considered as well. It may be that you want to bring an overnight bag, a few toiletries, some gadgets, a medical kit, and other items.
The first step is to put lighter items, such as those in your sleeping bag, at the bottom of your backpack. Things you don’t use often, such as extra shoes, are best placed in the back. Now you can put your clothes in the bag. It’s much easier if the clothes are in a compressed dry bag, or in a cube for packing. If you choose to roll up your entire collection of clothes, put a roll in each moment, or as long as you make sure there aren’t any gaps as well as seams are left between them.
Larger items, such as your equipment, like a laptop or camera, are best placed in the middle of your backpack. Lighter items at the bottom can provide enough protection for your gadgets. Things you need to have easy access to, such as your bathroom bag, important documents, etc. Put it at the top of your backpack.
If your backpack is equipped with external pockets and pouches, then you can put items that you need to access quickly in the pockets and pouches. If you may need a sweatshirt or jacket when you arrive at your destination, or if you have to take off the sweatshirt or jacket you are wearing, then that item must be put away last along with your towel.
Many backpackers make the mistake of bringing too much clothing on their trip. Therefore, for each piece of clothing you carry, you should first determine if you have that need or don’t need it. By asking this question alone, you will be surprised at how many pieces of clothing you can take out of your bag. Also, set a goal to bring the lightest bag possible.