It’s amazing how much you can actually fit in your backpack if it is packed correctly. However, that doesn’t mean to say you need to pack everything but the kitchen sink in it. You need to think about it carefully and only pack the essentials that you need – with any extras added in at the very end.
Take a look at our step-by-step guide on how to pack your backpack correctly.
Step 1 – Choosing your bag
First and foremost, having the right backpack is one of the most important things to get right. Not only does it need to be large enough to carry all your gear, but it also needs to be comfortable, waterproof, lightweight and above all, be hardwearing. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of your journey and your bag breaks – we’ve all been there.
Backpacks these days have been designed with the toughest and lightest materials than ever before so opting for a new backpack rather than relying on your old one is something that you may want to consider.
Step 2 – Get organised
In order to make sure you pack your bag correctly, first you will need to gather everything that you need to pack and lay them out so you can see exactly what you have. It’s best to lay these out on the floor and categorise them by weight – trust us, this will make packing so much easier! Another good idea is to put similar items together such as clothes and toiletries. As you will be in constant transit with your bag, we advise that you put all liquids in a watertight bag to prevent any spillages on your journey.
Step 3 – Packing
Packing can easily be done wrong when it comes to backpacking, but essentially all lighter items should be at the top along with any items that you need easy access to. We advise that you put all your night-time supplies at the very bottom of your bag such as your sleeping bag and tent. Heavier items are generally better midway down the backpack with the majority toward your back so that weight is distributed throughout your body correctly to stop you from getting an achy back. The rest of the backpack should then be filled with medium to lightweight items.
Step 4 – Other attachments
Sometimes backpacks just aren’t big enough to fit your tent in, so some choose to add items to their bag externally. If it’s an awkward shape and a little bulky, it makes sense to add them on rather than waste valuable space in your bag. However, don’t just assume you can keep adding on to your bag when there simply isn’t enough room. We advise that you try to avoid doing it at all, where possible, as your bag can become unbalanced and could potentially hit or snag on things.
Now that you are all set for your next trip why not stop off at Henstent Park where we have fantastic camping facilities!