Information on Packing your Backpack for Camping

backpackWhen you are planning a camping trip it would be wise to pack your camping backpack in the correct way for comfort and your safety. The main aspects of a backpack should include the size, weight and the weight distribution. Below is some essential information on how to pack your backpack for your camping expeditions.


The size of your backpack should be based on aspects such as your gender and the duration of your camping trip. For trips planned between two to four days consider a pack that holds a capacity of up to 4800 cubic inches. If you are planning a trip for five days and longer, you may want to increase the size of your backpack.


The maximum weight of your backpack should not exceed more than 30% of your body weight. As an example: if you weigh 150lb, your pack should not weigh more than 45lbs. Many individuals make the mistake of making their camping backpacks too heavy which can lead to unnecessary strains or even injuries while camping.

Weight Distribution

When packing your backpack it would be best to divide your gear up into three layers. The layer at the bottom should consist of the lightest items that you will not need immediate access to while backpacking. These types of items may include your clothes or a sleeping bag.

The middle layer should include your heaviest items such as food, fuel and your stove. The top layer will be light items that you may need easy access to throughout the day. These items can include your water bottle, sunscreen and light snacks such as energy bars.

In addition, when you pack your items ensure that the weight is distributed evenly from one side of the pack to the other. If you are new to backpacking and camping you may need to make adjustments along the way, until you are more familiar with your camping gear.

Organizing your Camping Gear

-Lay out all the items you think you may need for your camping trip

-Begin with your sleeping bag along with non essential clothing items

-Pack your fuel, stove and sealed food items together

-The items that you will need during the day should always go on top

-If you are carrying a tent, it would be wise to divide the parts of the tents up among the backpackers joining you on your trip


New types of backpacks now come equipped with the option of hydration reservoirs which come in handy for backpacking expeditions. Alternatively, you can store your water canisters on the outside of the pack in the pockets provided.

As you become more experienced with camping and packing your backpack you will soon find out which items are really important and which ones you can live without on your next camping adventure.

Be sure to invest in a backpack of good quality that allows you to obtain even weight distribution to protect your back and shoulders. The material should be light weight, strong and durable.