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Pack Your Bug Out Bag for Long Distance Trekking


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Did you know that the most important thing in packing is your weight distribution? This will make or break your back. Properly pack your gear for easy carrying.

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Pack Your Bug Out Bag for Long Distance Trekking

  1. 1. Properly Pack Your Gear for Easy Carrying We can easily discuss the bag’s compartments and their functions: 1. Main Compartment 2. Sleeping Bag Compartment 3. Water Bottle Pockets 4. Hip – Belt Pockets 5. Top Lid Pocket 6. Front Pocket
  2. 2. Carry Most Of Your Items In The Main Compartment The main compartment is large and will easily carry the bulk of your items. The reason for its size and why it isn’t compartmentalized further is to allow it to be versatile with a vast array of different gear of various sizes. Weight distribution will make or break your back. The most important thing in packing is your weight distribution.
  3. 3. This will make or break your back. 1. Heavy items need to be center of pack, near your back. 2. Medium weight items get packed around the heavy core. 3. Keep all the weight possible at your spine. 4. If weight is too high, you will be off balanced. 5. If weight is too low, you will lean forward to balance and overwork your back.
  4. 4. Sleeping Bag Compartments Aren’t Just For Sleeping Bags The bag compartment is designed to hold a sleeping bag, so, you won’t really go wrong here. My preference is to lash bags and tents to the outside of my pack, because they take up lots of valuable space. This compartment would be a great spot for hammocks and mosquito netting.
  5. 5. Water Bottle Pockets Could Backfire On You Water Bottle Pockets are the mesh pockets you see on the side of a pack. They usually have an elastic top to help hold bottles in place. Don’t Trust Them!!! Always lash or clip your bottles onto your bag, even if you keep it in the pockets for stability.
  6. 6. Hip Belt Pockets Allow You To Get To Important Items Quickly These pockets are great for small items. These are convenience pockets. These pockets work well for IDs, cash, cards, food bars, nuts, hard candies, or other convenient items.
  7. 7. Use The Top Lid Pocket To Fine Tune Your Weight Balance The lid pocket is a great pocket to place lightweight items into to balance your pack weight a little bit. You may need to take your pack off to get to this pocket, but it is still more convenient than attempting to dig into your main compartment.
  8. 8. The Front Pocket Is A Large, Yet Convenient Pocket Keep light items that you will be needing a lot in in all outside pockets. By understanding all of the pockets and their designed intent, you can properly distribute the weight of your gear. By properly distributing the weight, you can save your back, shoulders, and knees a lot of pain.
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