Selecting The Right Backpack
Whether you enjoy outdoor activities such as camping or
hiking or are looking for a decent backpack for your
bug-out bag, it makes
sense to take some time to choose the right backpack for your needs.
Even a short hike can be made miserable if
the pack is too heavy or the wrong size or shape.
Selecting a backpack that will be comfortable
is as important as finding the right pair of hiking shoes – both will serve
well if they are the correct size, but will reduce you to misery if they are
What Kinds Of
Backpacks Are Available?
If you are only going to be using your backpack for short
hikes, you can use what is called a daypack.
This is a soft backpack that will have a capacity of approximately 1,000
to 2,000 square inches, and will have a few pockets and separations in the pack
to make it easy to access different items in the pack.
backpacks that are going to be used for longer hikes and
camping will fall into one of two categories – backpacks with external frames
and those with internal frames.
have their uses, but there are differences that might affect your choice.
External frame backpacks are less comfortable
to use than internal frame, but you will be able to carry larger loads with
You should be aware that because
the center of gravity for an external frame backpack is high, it is easier to
lose your balance when going over uneven ground.
These backpacks can have a capacity of 6,000
cubic inches or more, and will contain many internal and external pockets.
An internal frame has the frame inside the body of the
backpack, and this pack will sit right against your body.
While it can be hotter to use than an
external frame pack, it is much more stable regardless of the terrain, and you
will have less chance of falling while using one of these.
Internal frame backpacks can also have a very
good capacity, and there are some that even provide 7,000 cubic inches of
Loading Your Backpack
The Right Way
Loading your backpacks properly will help to assure that the
load is stable and that you will be able to access items needed easily.
The first thing to go in should be your
sleeping bag, along with any other items that are bulky and light in weight
.Try to fill in the
Next will come such
items as your portable stove and camp cooking gear.
It is important to load lighter weight items
near the bottom and heavier ones toward the top of the backpack, and this is
especially important when you will be walking on a trail.
If your hiking and camping will be taking you
into more rugged areas, you will want to put heavier items a bit lower and
closer to your back than otherwise.
thing to remember here is that you will want to maintain your balance regardless
of where you will be going.
overload your backpack, as carrying too heavy a load will not only make you
fatigued, but can also contribute to a fall.
Carrying Your Emergency Kit