Top Ten Packing Tips
By: Brad Edelson
1. Pack your own bag! Don’t let your mom, dad, wife, sister, husband pack for you…it’s important to know how to pack and repack the bag the same way.
2. Lay out everything you think you’ll need to bring and strategize from there. Don’t pack piecemeal.
3. Space out your bag correctly. Get your big items situated first and keep weight low and centred. Shells and outerwear can be stuffed in the front and side pockets. Leave enough room in your bag to fit both your fists inside.
4. Place items in your bag strategically. Attach lighter items to the front of your pack with carabiners and balance out each side. Use external loops and straps to secure awkwardly shaped items like tent poles and sleeping pads.
5. Pack survival items. Place these items in the brain of the pack, for fast emergency access.
6. Towels. Quick Dry towels are the way to go. Never bring something that absorbs water (like a normal towel), you want wick materials!
7. Pack liquids and place them at the very bottom of a pack in the event of a leak.
8. Avoid over-packing. Clean and pack everything no more than 24hrs in advanced. This still gives you time to get things you need and less chance of over-packing.
9. Reduce the load. Look at the amount of clothing you plan to bring, then cut it in half. It’s not a wilderness experience otherwise! I suggest base-layers that can provide both breathability and warmth.
10. Creating even more space. Roll items instead of folding and use waterproof compression bags to slim down puffy items like sleeping bags, as it will help create more space and protect against a downpour.
Deflate your dry food packages with a pin and cover the hole
with tape to save more space.