How To: Pack a backpack the best way

Pack a backpack the best way

Backpacks are handy for camping, hiking, school and travel, but they can be difficult to pack properly. In this tutorial, learn how to pack your bag so that its light and efficient.
You Will Need
• A backpack
• Items to be packed
• Color-coded stuff bags
• A survival kit

Step 1: Place lightweight items at the bottom
Place lightweight items at the bottom of the pack and heavier items at the top. Distribute the weight in the pack so that it remains balanced.
If you plan to hike on rough or uneven terrain, move the heavier items to the bottom of the pack. Lowering your center of gravity will improve your balance.

Step 2: Place items you will need during the day at the top
Place the items you expect to use during the day at the top of the pack. Beneath these items, place heavy objects, such as your stove, fuel, and food.
Place the items you expect to use during the day at the top of the pack. Beneath these items, place heavy objects, such as your stove, fuel, and food.

Step 3: Pack objects that you will use at the same time together
Pack objects that you will use in tandem near each other.

Step 4: Collect small objects in stuff bags
Collect small objects in color-coded stuff bags, so small items don't fall to the bottom of the pack.

Step 5: Carry a survival kit
Keep a survival kit close to your body, including a knife, flashlight, waterproof matches, survival candle, compass, emergency blanket, water purification tablets, survival whistle, first aid kit, and emergency rain gear.

Step 6: Don't overload the outside
Avoid tying too many objects to the outside of the pack. Extra weight can upset the pack's balance.

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