The Best Tip For Packing A Backpack

Did you know that packing a backpack is harder than you think? How you pack your backpack or rucksack can effect your comfort and your actual holiday. Don't suffer from back and neck pain, make sure you read our packing tips to pack properly! 

There are many different types of backpacks that vary based on what sort of travel your doing. However, packing a backpack should always be the same to make sure you are comfortable and can fit in everything that you need.

Packing a rucksack well means that you will be able to walk comfortably and avoid any injury to your back, neck or shoulders. 

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You should also learn how to fit your backpack properly before you go, and also so you can adjust it as the amount and weight of your gear changes.

Regardless what backpack you have, what travel gear you are taking, or what activities you plan to do - its the weight distribution of your pack that is critical for your comfort. Read below to learn the art of backpack packing! 

The Key Principles 

1. Bulky Items

Place light bulky items in the bottom of your backpack. This could include your sleeping bag, jumpers/jackets and shoes.

Make sure you don't pack anything you need regularly into the bottom of your pack, because it can be hard to get in and out. Unless you have a hybrid pack with a separate bottom section.

2. Heavy Items

Contrary to popular belief, your heaviest items should not go at the bottom of your rucksack, but towards the middle of your pack. They should be placed closest to your spine. The further it is away from your back, the heavier it will feel once your pack is on.

Heavy items could include your tent, stove, food or it could be your bathroom bag or new souvenirs! If placed correctly, the weight of these items should sit on or be carried on your hips helping you to balance better, walk more evenly and avoid all those nasty aches and pains. 

3. Top Of Your Backpack

The top of your backpack should be filled with all your light and small stuff. Things like your phone changer, head torch, and T-shirts.

Also keep any items that you use regularly at the top of your pack. 

4. Don't Be Top Heavy

It is very important that your backpack is not top heavy. If it is top heavy it makes everything too hard! Your backpack will be very difficult to put on and off, and you will feel as if you are being pulled backwards all the time. Another annoying thing you will find that if your backpack is packed incorrectly is that every time you put it down, it will fall over! This is not good if you are on a crowded train! 

5. Fill Spaces

Make sure you fill up all the spaces between your gear when packing a backpack. Use clothes (socks, undies etc.) to fill up any gaps in your bag. This will make sure your souvenirs or electronics don't move around and get damaged. It will also stop the weight shifting on your body when you are walking. And you will fit more things in.

All in all it will make you more comfortable so you can have more fun! 

6. Exterior Straps

For most backpacks, it is possible secure items to the outside of your pack using the loops and straps. The most common items are your tent, sleeping mat, or sleeping bag. But you will see that backpacker with their thongs, cup, juggling sticks or even their wet washing strapped on.

Make sure these items are secured and not swinging around. It becomes very annoying if things start clattering around with every step that you take.

Make sure your backpack is balanced properly. Otherwise you will find yourself being pulled backwards, and need to lean forwards to compensate. This will leave you uncomfortable, and you will fatigue easily also. 

7. Tighten Your Straps

We recommend that if your backpack is not full that you tighten all of the straps on your backpack to compress your bag. That way everything fits nicely and your rucksack is easy to carry. 

You should follow these principles even if your backpack is not full. It will still make it easier to get on and off, carry and walk around for hours!

8. Dry Sacks Or Plastic Bags?

Some travelers like to group their clothes and travel items with dry sacks or plastic bags when packing their backpack. These are good to a point. They are good at keeping your clean shirts away from your dirty socks, but can leave gaps between your gear. You will need to fill these gaps to make your pack balance properly.

You also might think of using a backpack cover to keep everything dry.


We hope that now you can fit everything you want into your backpack. Why not learn how to fit your backpack properly and be comfortable now. Or read our advice on backpacking or choosing the right backpack for you. Don't miss our handy packing accessories to make sure you can fit everything in and keep all your gear safe. 


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