One night before your camping trip you tossed all of your equipment into your backpack. Now on your hike you feel all the weight on your shoulders as you stop uphill. As the mountain becomes steeper and steeper, every step up the mountain is a struggle.
As you move up, gravity starts to press down and causes you to lose your balance. The problem becomes more dominant as the height increases. It may make you fall backwards. Air pressure also creates a disturbance in balancing the body. As you and your clothing begins to flap in the air, you realize the significance of packaging and the weight distribution of the backpack.
Packing it up
On any camping trip, the backpack is a magic box with all the tools you will need. Select a waterproof backpack that fits you well. This will keep your stuff dry and make you feel comfy.
Either going for a day or a week, a backpacks packaging can be done right or wrong. It’s good to keep ourselves light. This allows us to maintain proper body posture while scaling the mountain. But carrying a backpack with your gear is a must. Let’s learn about some basic guidelines for packaging:
Sleeping bag and tent at the bottom. These things are not required throughout the day so let your sleeping bag and tent rest at the bottom of the bag.
Manage the back breaker. Keep the heavy items straight up and close to your back. This setup helps in maintaining the center of gravity and keeps gravity from pulling your backpack backwards and from side to side.
Focus on easy access. The tools or things that you need throughout the day must be placed in upper compartments. These things include a first-aid kit, a map, a flashlight, a parka, and some snacks. Place water bottles in the holster or in the mesh pockets provided on the side of the backpack.
Prevent gear and food spoilage. The fuel bottle for your stove should be kept near food items. Double check that the cap of the fuel bottle is tightly screwed. Leaky fuel can spoil food items and the waterproof layer of the bag.
Lighter outside of backpack. Backpack contains numerous smaller pockets that can be used to store a cornucopia of items such as pens, mobile phones, an mp3 player, a camera etc. Overstuffing is not good as balance is the name of the game.
Wear your backpack properly. Loosen all the straps. Tighten the hip belt, then the shoulder traps, now the load lifters (near your shoulders). The sternum straps should not be very tight and they should let you breathe freely.
When hiking, carefully choose your traveling wallet also. Similar to your backpack, the hiking wallet should be lightweight and waterproof. Your wallet must snugly fit in your pocket and not bother you in your hiking adventure.