Tips on packing your backpack for multi day hikes
NOTE: The information below is for our Deuter backpacks, but the same principles apply to all packs, regardless of the brand. The pockets on other backpacks might not be the same as our Deuter packs that these tips refer to.
The most important thing to consider when packing your backpack is to leave all the unnecessary items at home. Refer to our Smart packing section for more tips.
Pack your sleeping bag, down jacket and any other light items in the bottom compartment of the backpack.
Put heavy equipment such as tent, food, cooking fuel, heavier clothing, extra water, book/magazine, inside the main large pocket, close to your back.
Put midweight gear such as clothing, sleeping bag liner, cooking pots, toiletries, towards the outside of the main large pocket, in front of all the heavy gear.
Small, often used items like blister band aids, sunglasses, light gloves, a hat, head torch, should be stored in the lid pocket or the pocket on the front of the backpack where they are easily accessible.
The pocket on the inside of the lid is great for storage of your dirty laundry. Please keep the dirty laundry in a stuff sack or plastic bag.
Your water bottle and hydration bladder, which you will be using during the day, should be evenly distributed between the two side pockets.
Two smaller side pockets are ideal for your snacks, which you plan to consume during the day, toilet paper, sunscreen, insect repellent and hand sanitiser.
There is a handy little pocket on your waist belt which is ideal for storing items you want to have access to at any time while on the track, like tissues, lip balm and your mobile phone.
We recommend that all equipment is stored inside your backpack to protect it from rain and from being damaged by getting caught on branches and rocks.
If you must attach any equipment to the outside, make sure it’s strapped well to the backpack to prevent it from swinging.
Walking poles can be attached to the outside of your pack when not in use.
Keep an even weight distribution across the pack, in particular the side pockets.
Various colour packing cells and stuff sacks are great for separating your equipment. This allows you to find things quicker and easier in your pack. The waterproof sacks will also provide additional protection against rain.
Keep your lunch in an easy to reach place, but inside your backpack where it’s dark and cool.