This guide will show you how to pack a rucksack to maximise space and distribute weight evenly. Whether you’re packing a rucksack for DofE, camping or a hike, it’s important to take the time to pack correctly.
1. Decide What to Take
- Try and limit yourself to the essentials.
- As a rule you should not exceed 15KG, the lighter the better!
2. Lay Out Your Kit
- Laying out everything you want to pack will help you decide what’s important and what can be left behind.
3. Organise Your Kit Into Groups
- How you organise your clothing is up to you. You can use one bag for underwear and one for tops and trousers, or arrange the bags by outfit
- Rolling your clothing items tightly can help you maximise space.
4. Pack Heavy Items First
- Make sure the weight in your pack is distributed evenly.
- Heavy items such as tents, stoves and water should be placed towards the bottom of the bag against your back.
- Check that any items placed towards the back are not sticking out as these will dig into your back.
5. Pack Medium Weight Items Second
- Medium weight items such as sleeping bags and bulkier clothing can be placed towards the bottom of the bag.
- Bigger bags often have a separate compartment at the bottom for storing your sleeping bag. This compartment is also useful for spare shoes.
6. Pack Light Items at the Top
- Lighter items such as gloves, hats, torches and maps should be stored towards the outside of the pack or at the top.
- Items you need quick access to such as first aid kits, snacks and waterproofs should also be placed near the top or in side pockets.
7. Pack the Pockets
- When packing items in the pockets, consider weight distribution. You don’t want too much weight on one side as this will throw you off balance.
8. Attach Items to the Outside
- If you’re taking a sleeping mat and it doesn’t fit inside your rucksack, you can attach this to the outside. Ideally, you should strap the mat vertically to the pack as this will minimise damage should you put your bag down.
- Avoid attaching anything you cannot afford to get wet, damaged or lost to the outside of your rucksack.
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Now you know how to pack a rucksack, to maximise comfort it’s also important to ensure it is fitted correctly. To find a new rucksack and get ready for your next trip take a look at the Mountain Warehouse backpack range.
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