How to pack a backpack for hiking
It’s in the bag
Only take the essentials
Just because you feel a bit like Mary Poppins as you somehow stuff an entire kitchen, bedroom and toilet into your backpack, doesn’t mean you need to carry the actual kitchen sink and your entire wardrobe.
The kangaroo pouch
The front pocket is incredibly stretchy and fits a variety of items. Because it’s outside your pack, it’s a great spot for any items that might damage things in your pack, that doesn’t need to be kept dry or might get dirty. I put my potty trowel here, it’s easy to see and grab, and it keeps any dirt or moisture out of my pack. I also put my water filter here, the filter usually has some water left inside that drops out during the day, and so here it won’t impact any of my other gear. Along with my rain jacket, if it’s wet it won’t impact my other gear, and I want to have fast access to my jacket if it starts raining.
- I used zip lock bags for my toiletries, because they’re waterproof and see-through. And I used lightweight dry bags for everything else
- My electronics, including batteries and charging cables, memory cards
- My camp clothes
- My food - this has the added bonus of keeping the smell trapped in to stop any critters trying to nibble their way in
We carry our fears on our backs with us, and we tend to overpack for what we're afraid of. My fear is having wet gear.