Video: How to Load a Backpack
By Michael Lanza
Wonder why I’m smiling in the above photo? Well, sure, two friends and I were hiking the incredibly scenic Besseggen Ridge in Norway’s Jotunheimen National Park; that had something to do with it. But the other big factor was that I was comfortable—and how well my pack carried had a lot to do with that. And how I loaded it greatly affected how well it carried on my back. In this four-minute video, I’ll show you how to properly load a backpack to make your trail miles much more enjoyable.
There are two basic goals when loading a backpack:
1. Organize it so that the items you want to get to quickly while on the trail are readily accessible;
2. Balance and distribute the weight in the pack to maximize your comfort.
Click on the video below to see me demonstrate how to properly load a backpack.
Don’t miss the comments section below, where I have a good exchange of questions and answers with some readers, and type in your questions or suggestions.
See all of my reviews of backpacks and my reviews of backpacking gear that I like. See also my stories “5 Tips For Buying the Right Backpack,” which includes instructions on how to measure your torso and properly fit a backpack, as well as “The Simple Equation of Ultralight Backpacking: Less Weight = More Fun,” “Buying Gear? Read This First,” and “Ask Me: How Do We Begin Lightening Up Our Backpacking Gear?”
And find all of my gear reviews organized by categories, plus numerous stories on how to buy gear, at my Gear Reviews page.
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