It is essential to know how to fit your backpack correctly before starting a hike. The fit of the pack will vary depending on the clothes you wear, so it is essential to find the right balance to be as comfortable as possible.



How to pack your backpack

Spend some time practising packing your backpack, practice will make perfect

Organising your backpack well is very important for camping and hiking; otherwise the backpack may lose balance and feel heavier than usual. Packing it well can greatly reduce the burden on your body! We have some simple sharing of packaging experience for your reference:

Different gear for different position

1.  Medium gear and frequently used items~e.g sunglasses, headlamp, rain coat, army knife

2. Heaviest gear~e.g. tent, food, water, fuel

3. Lightest gear~e.g. towel and cloth for changing

4. Light gear ~e.g. sleeping bag, sleep mat

How to pack your backpack

Tips : 

large items like tents, you can pack it into your backpack separately. Inner and outer are fabric which can fold into smaller size. Tent poles can be put into the corner of the backpack, and can fully utilize the space inside the backpack.                     


Some tips on packing backpacks

Whether you are a new or experienced camper/hiker, keep in mind ABCS:~- Access~- Balance~- Compression ~- Streamlined ~ 


According to its characteristics, they gear should be placed in different positions. Sleeping bags, slippers, etc. that are not used when hiking, can be placed at the bottom of the backpack. Raincoats and warm clothes that need to be taken out frequently can be placed on the top of the backpack.~ 


Balancing is very important in all directions; left and right, up and down. The center of gravity of your backpack should be close to your back, but not higher than shoulders. Sleeping bag and sleeping mats are placed at the bottom, followed by the tent. Water and food are placed against your back. The side pockets can hold a small water bottle while the tent poles can be placed on the other side, balancing left and right.~ 


Compress everything to save space. Loose items wobbling in your backpack while walking can be rather uncomfortable. When the backpack packs perfectly, the gears inside will not shake.



The packed backpack should be as wide as your body and fits against your back. Anything attached outside your backpack can get caught easily on branches or hit someone nearby, causing danger when walking. Remember that the width of the packed backpack must not exceed the body.

How to pack your backpack

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