Traveling is one of the greatest ways to enlighten yourself and get to know the world and yourself even better. So just set your schedule and go for a hiking whenever you get time. But when it comes to hiking, the most important thing is to pack your stuff properly.
There are many ways that you can follow to pack your items before going on a hiking. You can go for a daypack or a backpack depending on your need. Have a look on some tips and tricks that will let you know that how you can pack your daypacks and backpacks efficiently and ease the strain. Let’s dive in.
Table of Contents
- What is a day pack?
- How to Use a Daypack for Travel:
- Let’s see how you can pack your daypack more efficiently
- Packing tips for backpackers
What is a day pack?
Daypacks are sort of backpacks with much smaller size. These are apparently 600 cubic inches to 2500 cubic inches in dimension. These are preferred when you are going to a short day hiking.
How to Use a Daypack for Travel:
Now there are some hacks you can follow while loading your day pack. There are two types of stuff you need to pack. Things that you will definitely need during the hiking and things those are good to have during the hiking.
Must have Stuffs you need during hiking:
1. Water supply:
Water supply is the most important thing you need to carry in your day pack. Choose between a water bottle and hydration pack.
2. Packed lunch:
You need to carry your lunch with you. This way you can enjoy your favorite lunch on the go as well.
Don’t forget to pack your daily medicines with you.
4. First aid kit:
Accidents are unpredictable. So always be prepared and carry a first aid kit with you.
5. Compass and maps:
Maps and compasses are another important things to keep with you during the hiking.
6. Rope and knife:
It’s always handy to have a rope and knife in hand.
7. Carry a flashlight as well.
We live in an era where pictures hold a great value to us. So don’t forget to take your camera and rain and dustproof camera bag with you.
Things those are good to have:
You can pack some other stuff to facilitate your hiking.
- Always keep an extra pair of clothes in case you need them.
- Carry a walking stick.
- Don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses.
- Carry a soft shell light jacket and blanket.
Let’s see how you can pack your daypack more efficiently
1. Keep a plastic bag for extra protection:
Always carry a heavy duty plastic bag and put all your stuff inside the plastic bag and then put it in the day pack. This will provide you a good protection against rain and keep your stuff safe. But try to avoid going for the black bin plastic bags since they are too flimsy. Also, carry some extra airtight bags to keep the clothes after you change or in case of clothes get wet.
2. Follow the order:
While packing the spare clothes, pack the clothes you will need less at first at the bottom of the day pack. Such as your socks, shirts, underwear etc which you have fewer chances to go for. Put the used clothes in the airtight bags in case you change into new clothes to prevent it from getting mixed with the unused one.
3. Considerate the drinking water:
Carrying drinking Water is a must when you are on hiking. But it is important to consider how you are going to take your water supply. The easiest way is to carry a water bottle. But try to avoid plastic water bottles as they are not eco-friendly. So go for any recyclable water bottle. Another option is to go for a hydration pack.
But pack your hydration pack out of the plastic bags you are going to pack other stuff into. So that your stuff remains safe even if the hydration pack bursts.
4. Packing order:
Now you can pack all the stuff you may need during the hiking. But not as much as the most necessary ones. Such as your first aid kits, lunch boxes, camera etc. at the top layer of the daypack, pack the stuff you will need in a quick notice. Such as raincoat, maps compass. But make sure the stuff you pack on the top layer is well protected with another plastic bag. If you have a spare pocket packs your medicines there. Keep your sunglasses properly in a glass bag or box.
5. Fold right:
You need to fold every cloth in a proper way. Don’t just put them in the day pack. This will take a lot of space than necessary. You can fold the clothes flat or put them in a roll.
Backpacks are similar to the day pack. But the dissimilarities are that backpacks are larger than the daypack and they have a frame. Generally, backpacks are in between 2500 cubic inches to 6000 cubic inches. They are more preferable when you plan to stay for a couple of days since they can carry way more than the daypack.
If you are someone who prefers to carry backpacks, then I have some hacks for you as well.
Packing tips for backpackers
- Find the perfect sized backpack for you. Don’t go for the backpack which is way too big. Never compromise the quality of your backpack. Double check the chains, handles of the backpack.
- Just roll your clothes and this will save more spaces than the flat fold. Avoid packing too much clothes.
- Keep some plastic bags so that you can save your stuff from rain.
- Carry a rope, knife, and tape.
- Keep your water bottle in the side pocket.
- Don’t put your phone, money or camera in the backpack.
- Don’t forget to lock your backpack. This will secure your stuff. Carry a cycle lock as well.
- Don’t pack your backpack with stuff you can buy from your hiking place as well.
- Always double check. This will make sure that you are not leaving anything important. Another thing is you can rethink about the stuff you initially packed if you really need them to take with you.
- Pack the heavy stuff in the middle part of the backpack. So that most of the weight is on your back.
- Keep a list of all the stuff you are packing in the backpack.
Packing your daypacks and backpacks can really impact your traveling experiences. Restrain from carrying unnecessary stuff while you set for a hiking. This will cause more strain t your body.
Always double check before leaving and before coming back to make sure you are not leaving anything behind. Distribute the load mostly on the portion which remains on your back. Follow the packing tips and enjoy your hiking time without any trouble.