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Backpacking Basics : How to Pack Your Backpack – The Outdoor Gear Review

Backpacking Basics : How to Pack Your Backpack – The Outdoor Gear Review



hey guys Luke here with the outdoor gear review thank you so much for tuning in today for this episode I'm going to show you guys how you go about packing your backpack for an outdoor adventure now in the past I have done some of these videos before but of course we have new subscribers coming all the time and sometimes it's hard to find a video when you have over 150 videos so you know I've been asked to show you guys how I go about packing my bags so I'm going to show you we do have an overnight adventure coming up I already have all the gear set up here on this couch as you can see behind me now for this video or I should say for this campout we are using the Gregory baltoro 75 pack this is a very nice pack very good quality offers tons of space and expandability for whatever type of trip that you want to go on this will be what we use to carry all of our gear and I'm going to show you guys how I go about packing it so I recommend that you take your bag you put it on a flat surface it's nice to lean it up against something like I have done here so as you guys can see here I have this pack laying down here on the ground go ahead and pull back the lid open it up the first place you need to start is with your bladder if you're carrying a hydration bladder that needs to be the first piece of gear that you put inside of your pack now for the sake of this campout we are using the fil de hydration bladder this is a Camelback antidote bag so we're going to go ahead and put it in the hydration sleeve right now now all backpacks are a little bit different this pack happens to have a hydration sleeve and it also has a hydration clip that will attach to that bladder and hold the bladder from sagging down that way as you drink your water it becomes less full it doesn't sag and possibly cause any issues it holds it upright the entire time so that's pretty good once you have your bladder in there go ahead and run your hose out do that on the side that you prefer everybody likes something different the next piece of gear that you need to worry about is your sleeping bag now notice I don't recommend that you stuff your sleeping bag into its stuff sack and put it in your backpack until the day that you're actually ready to go especially if you're using some sort of down fill bag don't leave them compress for long periods of time so typically you know 24 hours isn't going to bring your bag but you definitely don't want to leave your bag compress for a long period of time keep that mind for this overnight adventure we are using the Big Agnes creator 15 degree down feel bed so I'm going to go ahead and stuff it into the stuff sack stuff sack right here okay you have your sleeping bag ready to go and it will typically go in the very bottom of your pack when you pack your backpack you usually want to pack it on the order of necessity so sleeping bag will go to the bottom because that will typically be the last thing that you need and then you build on top of that you always build in a way that for ease of access so if you decide that you're hiking along and your hands are cold you need your gloves you would want to bury your gloves in the bottom of your pack right you'll put your gloves in a pocket towards the top for ease of access when you're hiking around and you're just you know you're not ready to camp yet you're not going to need your sleeping bag that's why it goes at the bottom you can see the method to the madness there now with this backpack it has a compartment for the sleeping pad so we'll go ahead and put the sleeping pad in there now so we've got the sleeping bag in there awesome there you go so just go over that one more time hydration bladder first sleeping bag seconds now you're working for the body of your pack and what I mean by that is you need to load this thing in a way that's comfortable for your body now our shelter is an REI SERP shelter not a bad little tank but it weighs 5 pounds when I stick this in the bag itself I don't want to have let's say the tent on my right side weigh in 5 pounds and then on the left side you know had a couple shirts that way a pound and a half as you can see there the weight would become dis portion and it would typically become uncomfortable you want to be able to balance the weight so it's comfortable for you to carry it so that maybe that you put your heavy item in the middle of your pack and then build around that for this trip we have our five-pound shelter so I'm gonna go ahead stick this in here on this side right here now on the opposite side of this we have a big pocket that has nothing in it so we're going to fill that up now so you have your shelter in there your sleeping pad comes next so size-wise on top of the sleeping bag you have the tents and you have your sleeping pad now of course the sleeping pad side is lighter weight so as you store your gear into your pack your additional items you will try to focus on making that side as heavy as this side here I'm going to go ahead and stick my stove in there I could also stick the lantern in it now around these items I will pack my additional clothing layers maybe my shell maybe some thermal layers so on and so forth for the sake right now I actually don't have those laters out yet but I would typically just build around this and try to make it as uniform as possible the last couple of items that we have left are typically the items that we will use the most we have our first-aid kit our lights so on and so forth right here we have our food and snack bag and we also have our fire kit along with our knife so I will put these in pockets that are really really easy to access I don't need to stick them on the inside of the pack if I don't need to especially if I'm not access them often it's easier to use an external pocket the baltoro pack has a pocket right here perfect for our food and maybe our knife now some of you guys may be asking why doesn't he carry his knife on his hip well honestly guys it really depends on where I'm at now if I'm in a location where there's going to be lots of people hiking around and so on there's no point to carry a knife on your hip you're just going to wake people out a little bit if I'm in the backcountry completely different story here is the miscellaneous bag in my fire kit less likely to be used so I can go ahead and put those items in the lid here in this pack so guys once you have all of your gear settled into place it's time to cinch up backpack get ready for the trail the goal of that is to get everything in your pack into a very solid form you don't want it being moving around shaking causing your weight to shift once you're actually carrying this load out if you're going up a steep hill you don't let that weight to shift and cause you to lose your balance so on and so forth you can see why that's it and guys that is how you pack your bag I'll go ahead and put this on for you just to show you how it looks once it's all packed up ready to go not that at all guys not bad at all once you have it on there just make all the proper adjustments get it so it feels good awesome not bad not bad at all so check that out guys this thing is ready to rock and roll very very comfortable indeed so my friends when it comes to loading up your gear into your backpack and packing it correctly you know every single time that you do it it's a puzzle you know because you're always using different pieces and you have to figure out a way so that they all work together it has to be comfortable the weight has to be uniform so it's not leaning to one side or leaning backwards so on and so forth it's all about being comfortable and being safe while you're out and about if I can stress one thing it would be to pack it in the order that you will typically need it like I said before you wouldn't want to pack your gloves in the very bottom of your pack because you know when you need them your ought to go digging for them right that's something that you may use often so you would put those on an outside pocket higher up easier to get your sleeping bag you're not going to be wrapping yourself up with a sleeping bag every time you stop to you know get a drink of water so you could put that on the bottom your gold upon alright guys thank you so much for watching this episode at the outdoor gear review please let me know if you have any questions I'm happy to address them for you now guys make sure to check out our Facebook page the outdoor gear review and our website the outdoor gear review calm everyone be safe out there take care you


Reader Comments

  1. Great video! I am new to backpacking and hammock camping. I’ve got most of the gear now including hammock, tarp, under quilt and top quilt. I was wondering how you would pack an external frame backpack? More specific, the 55L one from Field and Steam or one like it. It has a bottom and top compartment, 4 side pockets and one on the top flap. I’ll stop there, but would love to talk more about it. Anyway, thanks for all the information!

  2. Why wouldn't you wrap your sleeping pad around your shelter. Less wasted space and it would be centered along with your shelter inside your ruck. Also, why wouldn't you "S-fold" the free ends of your cinch straps and secure them with Ranger bands. You reduce the likelihood of your ruck getting snagged.

  3. You have great videos. This is just a small tip. You should try to pack your tent and sleeping without their own bags. It makes getting your bagpack even super more easy. And you can compress them to same size either way. First when i heard about this technique i was like this is herecy but after i tried it feels so sensible. Also a good tip for sleeping mattess with similar to your. Make big round thing from it and pack stuff in the middle then it protecs your stuff and again makes it easier to get bagpack balanced. Just try these 👍

  4. Hi, my tent came with a suitcase-like bag and a sack like yours. How do you recommend to locate the tent inside the backpack? Do you think that a sack like yours is better than the "suitcase" in matters of wight propotions? It gets inside my backpack nicely though.

  5. Cool video, but the part about leaving the sleepingbag compressed for no more than 24 hours seems a bit strange, because it comes compressed from the factory/store, and who knows how long it's been compressed, but i guess it's more than 24 hours… i may be drunk and misunderstood what you meant, but i don't Think i did.

  6. My BG Ultimate Survival knife is strapped to the outside of my backpack and the swiss champ & the buck 110 on my belt. If I weird out someone………ok, not my problem, I'm not on the trails for them.

  7. Thanks for the basics. I have a question: where to put the bear can? I noticed your food was just in a mesh bag. Evryone need to at least use a waterproof bag and 60ft of line to hang, but more and more we need to bear-can the food. East and west. I guess put the can inside and wrap the sleeping pad around everything inside or strap putside? What about raingrear?

  8. So if your camping for years on end indefinitely like i am there is no room in your bag for sleeping bag or tent. I put my sleeping bag and tent underneath the top flap and tighten it down until it doesn't move. Very easy and doesn't fluctuate weight.

  9. i see a lot of people strap a standalone camelback to the outside of the pack under the compression straps, so you don't have to unpack your ruck just to fill your water

  10. Do you ever put your sleeping pad on the outside of your bag? To leave more room for clothes, food, and gear inside? Just curious. I'm packing this week for 5 days on trail. It didn't occur to me to put the pad in the pack.

  11. If a knife on your hip when you're backpacking wigs people out, it's only because too many of us act like sheep ourselves, and never let those people see a knife.  How do you think they'll feel if they, gasp, see a gun?     It's our own fault that the general public wigs out when they see a knife or a gun.  Why shouldn't they?  The only time they see either is when a bad guy or a police officer has it.   It's a silly, silly philosophy that tells us to hide things we should openly be proud to carry.  Though I've never had anyone wig out over seeing a knife, or a handgun, even in the city.  As long as it's in a holster or sheath, they seem to have enough sense to know it isn't a threat.   But this may be because I live in an open carry state, and people have some common sense than comes from experience.  But good God, you don't carry a knife on your hip because you're afraid people will wig out?  That speaks very lowly of them, and even lower about yourself.

  12. You had me up to the section with the knife. A little puzzled there. Why would anyone who is an avid outdoors person be "wigged out" by a knife? Where are you hiking that people are afraid of an outdoors tool like a knife? Man, I would hate to
    see what they would do if I were around-belt knife, long belt knife or machete, tomahawk or axe. I use these for their different purposes but each one covers at least 2-10 jobs a piece. I know you can baton wood with a Mora, but it is much easier with something with a little heft and girth. Just making the job and time as pleasurable as possible.

  13. I dont think that if you are on a hiking trip in a hiking environment you would "wig" people out by having a knife on your hip. A knife, in my opinion, should be easily accessible and it is perfectly acceptable to carry a belt knife in the great outdoors.

  14. I put my sleeping bag in the main compartment with my tent. I have the llbean white mountain pack an I feel the bottom compartment is one of the easiest compartments to get in to on the trail.

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