When embarking on a hike or travel, never underestimate the importance of pack organisation. It can affect your centre of balance, comfort, back health if wearing for extended periods, and accessibility to items. Use this guide to ensure you’re packing smart to get the most out of any adventure!
Firstly, make a checklist of all the items that you want to take with you (using the Gear Lists feature of the Mountain Designs App will help with this!). Collect those articles and spread them on the floor in front of you. Identify items that will require quick access afterwards (map, flashlight, water bottle, etc.), as they belong in easy to reach areas like external pockets. Then start packing by the following rule of thumb:
- Light items at the bottom
- Heavy items at the back
- Medium items (or bulky equipment) at the top and front
Packing that way will put the heaviest items close to your centre of gravity (your back) and make it easy to keep your balance afterwards.
- Use smooth items to cushion cornered objects that might otherwise pinch against your spine
- Partly filled stuff sacks can be squeezed into gaps (when differently coloured, they can help you find things and stay organised
- Protect delicate items by packing them inside hard objects (pots, shoes)
- Don’t pack food underneath containers that might spill (liquids, powders)
- Pay attention to even weight distribution between the right and left sides
Contributed by: Mountain Designs