Knowing how to properly pack a backpack can be the difference in an amazing hiking trip, and a long, painful walk; take a minute to refresh your memory.
Whether it’s our first time to pack a backpack or you’ve been doing it for years, knowing how to properly pack a backpack can make a huge difference in your comfort, and your ability to complete the hike. Knowing what to pack in different parts of your bag, can make a huge difference in the wearability of your pack. Take a look at the video below from REI and see if you are doing it correctly.
Of course the more stuff you are packing, the harder it is to strictly stick to this philosophy, but if you take your time when packing and make sure to keep the majority of the weight close to your body. It might take you a little longer to get packed up in the morning, but your back, legs, and shoulders will thank you for the effort all day long.