Top Tips for Packing your Trekking Rucksack
- A loaded backpack should not exceed 30% of your bodyweight. How long you have to carry your pack with you each day is also relevant – 30% is fine if you are OK with that. Personally I’d rather take less and travel lighter.
- Having the right pack for your travels is a must. There are gender differences which matter because we are shaped differently and therefore our rucksacks are.
- Remember the usefulness of a daypack and security belt. A side pocket on the pack is good for carrying water and the gap between the main section of the sack and the webbing is where your camelpac goes when trekking or doing any big hikes where you will be using poles. A security belt ensures that any valuables are right next to you in the event of an emergency.
- When travelling from A to B carry your pack on your back and your day pack on your front. (Money belt tucked under shirt). Especially through cities / stations etc. In your day pack just keep small amounts of cash / water – easily accessible stuff.
- Loading your backpack is a case of trial and error and what suits you. Common sense tells you to put the heavy stuff so that it will be closest to your middle back. Put the lighter stuff towards the top. Easy access stuff into side pockets. Be familiar with how the additional weight affects the straps and adjust accordingly so that you can make adjustments as you go.
- Here is another view: If you are simply travelling to the airport, getting a flight then transferring to your first hotel for 2-3 days whilst acclimatising think strategically. What will you need for the first night? Put it on the top. You won’t need your sleeping bag until day 4 potentially so stuff it in the bottom. Toiletry bag and fresh clothes on top. Then you can explore your surroundings quickly and easily, have a good feed and sleep and sort your bag out in the morning.
- In all cases a rubble sack should go into the rucksack first. It forms an extra waterproof layer. I’ve used thick bin liners before to equal effect but they get ripped quickly – a rubble sack is more eco-friendly and re-useable. Dry-sacks are brilliant for organising your stuff, keeping the air out and space tight and of course, waterproofing. Also invest in rain covers for both rucksack and daypack.
- Try to get out with your backpack vaguely packed with what you think you’ll need before your big trip. There is nothing like an hour long dog-walk with an over-stuffed pack to focus the mind on necessaries.