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Video: How to Pack a Backpack

Posted On July 11, 2017 at 3:12 am by / Comments Off on Video: How to Pack a Backpack

By Michael Lanza

Wonder why I’m smiling in the above photo? Well, sure, two friends and I were hiking the incredibly scenic Besseggen Ridge in Norway’s Jotunheimen National Park; that had something to do with it. But the other big factor was that I was comfortable—and how well my pack carried had a lot to do with that. And how I loaded it greatly affected how well it carried on my back. In this four-minute video, I’ll show you how to properly load a backpack to make your trail miles much more enjoyable.

There are two basic goals when loading a backpack:

1. Organize it so that the items you want to get to quickly while on the trail are readily accessible;

2. Balance and distribute the weight in the pack to maximize your comfort.

Watch the video below to see me demonstrate how to properly load a backpack.

Don’t miss the comments section below, where I have a good exchange of questions and answers with some readers, and please type in your own questions or suggestions.

 

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See all of my reviews of backpacks, including “Gear Review: The 10 Best Backpacking Packs,” and all of my reviews of backpacking gear that I like. See also my stories “5 Tips For Buying the Right Backpack,” which includes instructions on how to measure your torso and properly fit a backpack.

And find all of my gear reviews organized by categories, plus my tips on how to buy gear, at my Gear Reviews page.

 

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