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How to Pack Your Pack (Part 2)

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  • January 23, 2019
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PACKING BOTTOM TO TOP

A Good Backpack Is Designed to Hold Specific Gear at The Right Points

Sleeping Bag Compartment – This is your starting point. Most 50L or higher packages have a sleeping bag compartment. Packaging below 50L usually does not, but this is not unheard of. Whether you have this lower compartment or not, your sleeping bag needs to be placed at the bottom of the bag. It is lightweight and compresses very well. Depending on the compression of your bag, you can sometimes even have an ultra-light air mattress inside.

Hydration Sleeve – A bit self-evident, but this is your water. However, there is a good and bad way, so listen. First, fill the bladder with water and slide it into the hydration sleeve. Do this before wrapping the remaining packaging, otherwise it is like a wet crocodile trying to wriggle on a water bed. It’s hard and not worth wasting valuable trail time. Water is one of the heaviest items in your backpack, so the purpose of the moisturizing sleeve is to let it press directly on your mid-back until your body is most comfortable and supports it most effectively.

Main Compartment 
• Food
• Stove
• Tent
• Clothing

The meat and potatoes of your gear will be in the main compartment. First place the heaviest item closest to your back, which may eventually become your food and stove. A professional tip for this stove: it may fit in your biggest pot, but first stick a hand-sized camp towel there to prevent you from squeaking when you walk. Your tents and clothes are usually placed in a bag of something that can be molded around the food and the stove. Filling up every corner and crack as you load your stuff, empty space is a waste of space.

TOP LID
• The Little Things
The top cover is very easy to access when removing the backpack. Depending on the model, the top cover can have one or two zip compartments. Headlights, sunscreen, toilet paper, sunglasses and compass are perfect for this. Don’t forget your trowel.

FRONT STASH POCKET
• Rain Gear
The front hidden bag is usually not completely closed because it is often made of elastic fabric with an elastic band at the top. Therefore, you need to put in items that cannot easily find a way out. This is the main real estate for your rain gear, especially your jackets, pants and backpacks. Putting these items here allows you to enter very quickly when the sky is open. It also allows you to put the wet device back in the same position after rain, without placing any equipment inside the package.

SIDE MESH POCKETS AND HIP BELT POCKETS
• Extra Water Bottles
• Tent Poles
• Trekking Poles
• Snacks
• Camera

At first glance, the mesh pockets on the side are only used for extra water bottles, which are perfect for this purpose. If you think there is a little bit outside the box, especially if you don’t carry extra water bottles, they will have more uses. Tent poles and trekking poles are two clumsy-shaped items that slide directly into the side pockets of the nets. The bottom is fixed in the pocket and the top can be secured by a side compression strap.

The belt belt is the best choice for you not want to take off your packaging. Snack bar, camera (sorry, there is no digital SLR camera here), a knife. You can put one or two of these items in each pocket.

Exterior Loops and Compression Straps
• Sleeping Pad
• Ice Axe
• Crampons

The first time I saw a package, I couldn’t figure out why it had billions of tapes and rings. Never fear! If you have a closed-cell foam sleeping pad, you will need to use the two straps on the bottom of the package with a male/female clip on it. Bounce the clip, wrap each clip around the mat, clamp it, and tighten it so that it won’t loosen.

Next to the bottom of the bag is the hail ring, which is made for your hail. Grab your axe from the head and first pass the shaft through the ring. Make sure the picker is facing the center of the package and then flip it upside down to the top of the package. At the top, there is usually a bungee cord or other type of tie to secure the axe to the backpack.

Crampons are tricky because they have a lot of sharp tips. Before putting them near the backpack, put them together and the bottom against the bottom to prevent punctures you and your gear. They are then tied to the front of the package, usually with a compression strap or a bungee cord that can be used for this purpose.

If you store any other items on the outside, be sure to fix them. You will want to avoid any swinging items as this will cause you to waste more energy on the way.

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