Pack Your Backpack Like a PRO

hi adventurer Allen here with another great informative video on how to become a better backpacker and today we're going to talk about how to pack your backpack and it may seem simple but there's some things that could really make your life a lot easier on the trail if

you pack your pack properly so and before I get into this all this gear here is on my 9 pound gear list there's a youtube video about it on this channel there's a super detailed list on my site so if you curious about what gear is being used

here go ahead and check it out we're gonna talk about three things here today the first is sort of how to achieve good balance with the pack which is you know what your pack is just like having to hunched over and get balanced and you don't want to

sort of wobbling you all over the place so we'll try and figure out where that optimal spot is to make it comfortable on the trail the next thing we're going to talk about is sort of efficiency and this is really the most important topic it's how to quickly

pack up your gear in the morning with a minimum of fuss and then how to put it in your pack so that you have available what you need today very quickly and easily finally we're going to talk about weather proofing your pack what happens if it rains and

how do you keep your your gear dry and protected from the elements so let's go ahead and we'll start talking about how to balance out your pack to balance out your pack you want to get the weight of your pack over the center of gravity of your body

which is like your hips right here you have to get the center of gravity of your pack over it now if I take this food bag which is usually the major heaviest thing in your pack I'm gonna leave my pack down here for a second and I put

it right here in order to get it over my center of gravity I have to lean way over to move this back forward to get it over my center of gravity but if I take this and put it right behind my shoulders then all I have to do

is just take this little bitty lean and over my hips so I'm not all hunched over so we're gonna try and do that when we pack the pack the only potential downside is that some people really don't like this weight especially if they're off trail or maybe you

don't have quite strong torso this can tend to sort of start to wave you around a bit and so you might want to just scoot it just a little bit lower than your shoulder blades if you're if if that's true for you anyway that covers that the next

thing we're going to talk about is is packing efficiency one key concept that I really like to cover is this this cramming everything into really super small stuff sacks everything has to go into a stuff sack and then using like a two small pack or a you know

a small pack it looks sexy everybody wants that look but it's not efficient it's really hard to cram everything into the stuff sacks you know cold cold fingers in the morning and you're trying to get your sleeping bag into a stuff sack that's about this big it takes

forever then you're trying to jam it into this really tiny pack and that and that takes more time and that's really hard to get stuff in the pack and it's hard to get it out so one of the things you'll see is that I have things that are

in sort of an amorphous shapes like this tent and the sleeping pad even my rain wear and I'm just going to jam those into places to easily fill in the pack a little better and I do like a larger pack just it's faster and easier to pack things

it's more flexible this is a hyper light Mountain gear junction pack it's a 3400 which has this larger extension collar it's two ounces more than 24-hundred but it just makes it so much easier to jam gear in here and not have to just try and shove it down

and try and make it fit and then finally you know I like lots of external pockets here like here here here I've got two hip belt pockets I've got a couple shoulder strap pockets and that makes all my gear accessible during the day I don't really like to

go into the main pocket of pack unless I have to ideally I'd like to be able to grab it out of a pack pocket or my pants pockets one hiking and it's just it's more efficient and finally it really weird advice put the same thing in the same

place every time if you don't do this I guarantee you'll be in the middle somewhere I need something desperately and you'll have to unpack your whole pack to find it so I'm going to move into the the nuts and bolts of this and I'm actually going to start

putting stuff into the pack the first thing is this is this this hyper light Mountain gear pack is is Dyneema it's a waterproof fabric the seams are taped and sealed it's about 95 percent waterproof it's actually not a hundred percent waterproof you know this the seam tape goes

a little bit I don't know usually you can get just a tiny bit of water in the bottom maybe it's from opening closing the pack so I like to put something sacrificial on the bottom of the pack something that if I doesn't get wet if it gets wet

it's not the end of the world that's going to be this tent notice that's not in a stuff sack it actually works better to sort of fill in the voids in the bottom of the pack and it's also something I'm not going to need and tell the end

of the day so you know one of the rules is just to put stuff in the bottom of the pack so that you're not going to need to get the camp I'm going to slide that into here and I just give it a nice crunch to get it

nice and low the next thing going in is my sleeping bag you'll see it's in one of these nice waterproof Dyneema stuff sacks this actually has a roll top because it's my sleeping bag and I really don't want it to get wet between the pack being waterproof and

this being waterproof I don't need a rain cover or anything else to the pack I'm good if it pours down rain so I'm packing my pack the same way whether it's going to rain or not and I skip the rain cover so I put that in there and

shove that down and the other thing you notice is I'm not only am I putting stuff that I don't need to later in the day I'm also putting lighter stuff in the bottom of the pack and saving the heavier stuff to the top of the back to help

that lean the next thing to put in here is my therm-a-rest NeoAir women's pad and again this is not tightly scrunched up it's not in a stuff sack I'm actually gonna use this amorphous shape to fill in some voids on this pack and again this is something I'm

not going to need till I get into camp I'm gonna make it like a little you fold there put that in my pack this is my stove and fuel and I'm gonna put it right in the middle of that you fold you can't really see in the pack

here but there's a little you fold and this is fitting nicely into that that's my down jacket again something that's lighter probably something that I'm not going to need until later in the day probably camp and it's in this really nice waterproof stuff sack that if you flip

it inside out has a nappy sack I'm nappy side to make a pillow that's gonna go into the pack next and again I'm not really stretching stuff down that much because I don't yeah I've got this big pack so I don't need to worry about it and then

this about the time I'm going to put this this heavy food sack in and again I'm gonna put this food sack this is an earth sack and it's even if you have bear it works in many parks that have bear restrictions it's their first choice if it's allowed

in your parks I'm gonna put this up again right about where my shoulder blades are where we talked about shove that in the top of the pack here and then finally I'm going to use I'm gonna put my clothing that I might need for the day but I

probably won't this is like my fleece baselayer hat gloves spare socks and I'm gonna put that this isn't this nice a pod it's a zippered pocket that's shaped exactly for the pack and it's also nice because this clamshell design makes it really easy to open up and find

things versus you know a drawstring closure stuff sack anyway I'm gonna throw that in the top of the pack and that's nice so just I'm going to drop it down here and it's got a roll-top closure to keep the contents right some made up the velcro here take

a few rolls click this down the other side down come over the top do that and voila I'm mostly done the only thing I'm going to do now is show you how I organize my external pockets this is getting back to I want to I don't want to

go into this main body of the pack during the day unless I have to I want to be able to get everything out of side pockets it's just super more efficient so typically what I do in this big mesh bucket pocket I put my rain jacket in there

these are my rain pants I throw those in there I've got some rain mitts throw those in there this is my map custom waterproof Mac and a ziplock baggy I've got my compass I've got my writing pad some pens and pencils put that there that's mostly for note-taking

at lunch or at the end of the day generally I'm using my iPhone with guyot GPS on it to navigate but this is nice nice to have and then I have my soy or water filter and in an extra bladder also goes back in here easy to get

out this is my ditty bag it's got my headlamp got a first-aid kid got nieve all this sort of small despair water bottle caps just all that sort of spare drips and drabs and I'm just going to shove it in a side pocket here and this this isn't

a waterproof bag too so you know it'll handle rain if it gets wet and then finally I'm going to put my food for the day my snack food I'm going to put that in another side pocket here and I'm done so I got a couple things from where

I want to talk to you about first of all I'm this is kind of a fun party trick which is you can do this drop your pack on like that that's the other thing I forget to mention about pack comfort and pack lean and that is a light

pack like this pack is the number one thing that you can do for pack comfort is just to pack intelligently and don't pack a ton of stuff that you don't need and pick like gear and then you're nice and comfortable and you can see I'm not really leaning

at all to have my balance so the other things I didn't mention got a smart water bottle up front here in a water bottle pocket this takes again some of that weight and moves it forward to give me less body lean and also gives me nice access to

water during the day my garment in reaches here super easy to get in and out and manipulate my iPhone is in this nice water HMG waterproof pocket that goes with the pack so it's protected and easily accessible in this pocket here I've got a nice very high-quality professional

quality compact camera and in this pocket over here I've got some water treatment I've got my thumb wad and hand sanitizer and I've got some sunscreen and again you know put everything in the same place every time I've had some very awkward moments when it was raining and

I couldn't find the piece of gear I wanted and the last thing you want to do is be spreading all your stuff out like a garage sale in the rain trying to find that critical piece of gear okay let's talk about weather proofing and protecting your gear from

from rain and snow this is a concern of a lot of backpackers and I'm going to talk about three different techniques to do that the technique I like but it is admittedly expensive is to go with this this Dyneema pack which is a water proof fabric and it's

it's taped and seam sealed it's got a roll-top closure so I mean theoretically the pack is mostly dry as I explained sometimes a little bit of water gets in so I generally like to use these Dyneema stuff sacks to put key gear like my down jacket or my

sleeping bag into the the pack I like I really like these pods they're on these clamshell design so it makes it really easy to locate your gear it's got a water zipper on it and it kind of fills in the voids on the pack I have this great

sort of pillow stuff sack for my down jacket that also keeps my down jacket protected and between these and the pack I don't do anything different during the day essentially if it's our rain I do nothing different I'm not scrambling for a pack cover or doing a bunch

of other stuff but if you don't have a waterproof pack and most people don't that's not really it's not a big deal it's it's pretty easily dealt with in my favorite i'm solution for that of these these poly cro pack liners poly CRO is a very strong durable

plastic much stronger than the normal plastic to use and you take one of these big packs and you just basically stick inside your pack and stuff your sleeping bag in your gear and there and just take a roll over the top and that'll keep it keep it dry

during the day and actually honestly you could go to Walmart or your food store and dry a trash compactor bag and line your pack with that it's a little heavier but they're durable and works great and I've done this for years I still have packs that that I

use this with the final solution is to use a rain cover and this is what most people do almost all pack companies make a rain cover for the pack and there's some generic ones as well they're better than nothing but you know you can get a lot of

rain in the they don't cover your back so the rain comes down your neck and it goes along the back your pack rain will get in there the other the other thing that happens is you block access to all your pockets and then finally it's it's another it's

another thing by it's another piece of weight another thing to keep track of that being said I mean they're way better they're way better than nothing and you should have something to protect your pack and then one last thing that I'm gonna mention I'm gonna bring out the

dread object here and out of my Show and Tell done tada the dread bear canister now you know I'm all for protecting the Bears and I believe in you know we parks how the regs there for a reason so you need to use it but it makes packing

your pack of this is a big sort of large lumpy object it's not a good shape to fit in a backpack so what do you do with it well you bring it you put it in a top of your pack the same way that you would I would

have put my food bag in there the only thing is remember when I told you about packing everything in amorphous shapes like keeping my my thermal I rest pad loose the tet loose I might even take my fleece jacket out of the clothing bag and you just start

stuffing it into the voids around this pack and that does two things one it helps it fit better into the pack it makes it more of a shape that will fit into your pack and two it will protect your back from this big lump poking in so generally

this is the back of my pack and you know this is where my back is my head's up here and I want to push like a big sort of an amorphous thing here an amorphous thing here to sort of make this rectangular up against my back in the

pack and that really helps a lot with comfort obviously use the smallest bear canister that you can try and use compact dense food try and get by with this bv 450 which is the smaller one if you have to go to the 500 it's okay but it it

makes it even more difficult to fit in the pack anyway that concludes how to pack your backpack and how to do it in a really inefficient sensible manner that keeps you comfortable you can find all your gear it makes sense it's gonna make your life on the trail

a lot pleasant or make your backpacking trip more fun and you're going to look cool in front of all your friends being so super organized one of the things obviously what's great about this is it's a superlight pack so if you want to learn more about what's in

the pack there's a great video on this channel about my 9 pound full comfort gear list and that full comfort gear list is also on my website and you can see it the link at the bottom of the page but both of them go over in great detail

sort of what's in this pack and how to pack intelligently and get this nice light pack and own it for yourself as you can see packing your pack is it's not quite as simple as you thought it was you probably learned a lot in this video so with

that said we're going to be doing a lot of great educational and informative videos about backpacking that will help make your life in in the backcountry and on the trail a lot more fun so stay tuned to this channel for more great content go ahead and like this

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