Beautiful mountain paths and picturesque landscapes can be missed each time you have to readjust your backpack to ease the load. We have compiled a list of tips and techniques to remember when packing your backpack to ensure ideal weight distribution, a comfortable fit and prevention of injury due to an overloaded backpack.
Five key Tips and Techniques:
Do not overload your backpack. Your backpack should not weigh more than one-third of your body weight
Pack in bulky, lighter items first. This includes your sleeping bag
Heavier items should be packed closer to your back and higher up
Make sure you have quick and easy access to the following essential items: First aid kit, waterproof poncho/jacket, survival bag, whistle, torch, compass/GPS, map, water bottle, cellular phone
Line the pack with a strong, waterproof bag. A bright orange bag can be used to signal for help in an emergency.