Beginners Guide To Packing A Rucksack

Rucksacks provide a great way of carrying your gear especially when you are venturing off the beaten track but if it’s your first time packing one you may be wondering how to do it. So, we here at leisureGear decided to list some handy rucksack packing tips which should help you when you’re out and about and need to access your things effortlessly.

Waterproofing

There are some things that absolutely must stay dry in case you encounter some wet weather or fall in a stream. Things like your clothes, sleeping mat and sleeping bag need to be kept dry for your comfort. There are various waterproof packs on the market. We like  Blackwolf’s Aqua Himal Dry Pack. It’s made from heavy duty, waterproof nylon and features a spacious 28 litre watertight main compartment.

Sleeping Gear

Put your sleeping gear into the pack first and push it down to the bottom, if you have a larger sleeping mat you might want to think about attaching it to the outside of the rucksack.

Clothes As Space Fillers

Fill the spaces around the mat and sleeping bag with your clothes. Push them into the spaces and just keep something warm at the top of the rucksack in case you get cold.

Cooking Items

The rule is generally to pack the heavier items against your back to make the rucksack easier to carry because of the positioning of the weight.

Always Have Access To Water

Keep a hydro bladder or better still a LifeStraw in your rucksack. The bladder is easier than a bottle because they don’t take up much space when they are empty. LifeStraws enable you to filtrate water wherever you go ensuring access to safe drinking water.

Place most of your water at your back and close to the top of the rucksack.

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Everything Else

Pack this around the water but away from your back except for any items such as tins.

Put your tent on top because this is the first thing that you are going to need when you get to camp and start to set up for the night. It is also simple to remove during the day if you need to access the food or water.

Rucksack Compartments

This is where you pack things like:

-          First aid kit

-          Raincoat

-          Toiletries

-          Tools

-          Electronics

-          Accessories

-          and anything else!

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