Learn how to pack your backpack properly, can make for a more positive experience on the trail. A properly packed backpack will make the loads feel balanced on your body. This could also be called a form of injury prevention in several categories.
Filling the negative spaces will prevent shifting and save space. It is important that you fill all the gaps inside your pack. Shifting may also cause you to lose your balance during a critical time of your adventure.
There are many variations to pack a backpack, but for me, I like to put the volume of the load at the bottom of my pack, weight on top of that close to my core and smaller items to fill the extra space.
It is well known that it is always raining here on the Olympic Peninsula. For this reason, I put all clothing and sensitive equipment in watertight sacks. This is even more important in the cold weather month. Having dry layers to put on after a long day in the rain, can mean all the difference for hiker safety physically and mentally.
Lets walk through the steps I use to pack my backpack.
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