A Backpacker’s Guide to Packing.
If you’ve been itching to go backpacking on a trail, then putting your pack together is priority 1. Eagle Creek Backpacks usually get the job done but how do you know what type of pack you need? Maybe this will help.
How long is your trip? And how Will the temperature be?If your trip will be less than 3 Weeks and the weather is hot you should just stick to the 30-50 L Backpacks. If you’re backpacking on a cold weather don’t forget that sweaters take up space so for a less than 4 or more week trip on cold climate you will need the 40-50L Backpack. Similarly if you’re traveling for more than 6 weeks get the 45-55 L bag and likewise if you’re backpacking on cold weather a 55-65L bag will be enough. Keep in mind that for extreme cold like in Norway you will not survive unless you have something beyond a 65 L
Get the weight down.When it comes to backpacking , you want to take everything you need – and not one item more. The heavier your pack, the harder it will be to comfortably carry over the duration of your trek. Take half as many clothes as you need and use a compression bag to minimize their size. Choose a pack that is one third of your body weight when filled up with your gear. Weight distribution depends on whether you’re using an internal -frame backpack or an external frame pack. Keep the heaviest items close to your back to avoid tork and being pulled downwards while climbing. The lighters things go at the bottom and top , with middle weighed gear at the center or top of your back. Internal Frame packs should have the heaviest object toward the center close to your back, while external – frame should have the heaviest object to the top. Keep your own size into consideration when following these rules. For tall , normal proportions or bulky folks all clothing and things like sleeping bag scale up. So use your best judgement when deciding the exact size you need. The backpack can also be fitted to your frame by a professional before traveling. Strap Yourself in – Make sure your pack fits comfortably by securing all the straps – Shoulder , chest and hip, Pull them snug and ensure the weight falls to your hips. Make sure essential items regularly without having to unpack your whole bag each kind. So make sure you place them in easily accessible places, such as the top of your pack and side or strap pockets.
Don’t forget to bring items-Earplugs and an eye mask – getting a good night sleep is essential for having a good trip. This is good tip if you’re going to a place with no dangerous animals, but if a bear attacks you will not know that its happening. So use your judgement on this. -Silk sleep sheets – line your sleeping bag with them for maximum comfort in all kind of weather and terrains. This is low - GPS or a compass and map – make sure you have reliable navigation tools for your trek. - Waterproof sleeping mat – get one that compresses so that it takes up less space when you’re on the go. - Duct Tape – to repair everything from your pack and tent to clothing and gear. - Safety matches – Just make sure you clean after yourself, seriously do NOT start fires. I’m putting a picture of Smokey the bear just to be safe. - Water Purifier – Bring a filter or chemical purifying drop to make water safe for drinking. - LED headlamp – For functioning at night without having to worry about incandescent bulb quickly burning out. - Mini sewing kit – Bring buttons, thread and needle to repair and sustain your supplies. - Mimi first aid kit – for any eventuality you might run into. - Solar Powered terrain charger – opt for one that works with all of your devices so you’re never without the essentials - A KNIFE – and not a swizz army knife, a true hunting knife, for everything. You will not believe how useful they can be for everything. - Always bring Trail Gold – What is trail gold? Well a towel and toilet paper. You will forget that you need it and regret not having it when the time comes. - Canned food and water and a way to open them – its great if you know how to forage and make your own food but the day will come when fishes will not bite and all berries will be poisonous. When that happens you will want to have canned food rations. You should also make space for Trail Marking tape, first aid kit, superglue ( holds wounds shut) pen marker and paper, backup torch, condoms ( to carry water) , swizz army knife. They are very small and take no space but are essential when the time comes.
A few pro tips
- Pack accordingly to where you’re going. A trip to the amazon would not be possible without a machete. While these are general tips, do your research to make sure you don’t miss something
- Compression will go out the window the moment you open your packing aid so keep this in mind and do not abuse the technology. Or you will find yourself with more than you can carry after the first night.
- Cargo pants are excellent – wear them and you will have your essentials close at hand. Carry some money on a safety wallet and have it close by. You never know when you will need it but its better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
- These pack sizes are for best case scenario, the golden rule is “if you can carry it without complaining then do so” Adjust the size of your backpack accordingly.
- Use your common sense , if you weight 100 LBs a 25lb backpack is not reasonable. The weight limitation is a guide , not a golden rule. If you need more, take more.
- Eagle Scout veterans will tell you, that you should bring A LOT more socks than you think you will need. Your feet WILL get wet.
- Pro female trackers have reported that chest straps are uncomfortable and don’t work. Its best if you test your backpack by doing small test treks on a trail to see if everything fits as it should.
- Backpack size will vary depending on gender. Traveling as a couple – one person’s backpack will get heavier between washes. Keep this in mind when preparing what each person will carry.
- Have a backpack inside your big bag. This gives you access to all your essentials, and helps organize , and you can use it!