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 Camping Backpacks – How to Load Your Backpack Correctly 
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Camping Backpacks – How to Load Your Backpack Correctly
by: Kathy Potuck

Yes, there is a correct way to load your backpack. Some people try to be more organized than others, but it is important to make every inch count.

Besides having a proper fit, the other key to a comfortable trip is the correct loading of your pack. Everyone has their own system of loading their pack, there are a few universal guidelines about weight and gravity.

A very well designed camping backpack will keep the load close to your center of gravity, making it easier for you to move, change directions, and do what you need to do. A properly loaded backpack is considerable more comfortable than an improperly packed one.

First, start by loosening all the packs compression straps, and all internal dividers. Then put your sleeping bag in the bottom. Some hikers prefer to put their sleeping bag into a stuff sack. We do suggest using a compression stuff sack to compress the sleeping bag to its smallest size possible.

Next, place your tent body and fly, folding into a square. It goes close to your back. Above the tent, but no higher than your shoulders, should be your heaviest items: food, fuel, water filter, etc.

Next on top of this, but away from your back, should be lighter items, like clothing. Use the side mesh pockets for water or fuel bottles, tent poles and fly rods. Keep items which you need quickly or frequently near access points or outside pockets.

I hope this information will be beneficial to all my fellow hiking friends. Remember, correct packing of your camping backpacks will provide many hours of enjoyable and comfortable hiking.

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Kathy E. Potuck,, is the founder of Healthy Hiker Gear, a company dedicated to providing high quality Camping Gear for thousands of people and their families. She shows her customers how to use Camping Tents and Camping Gear to enjoy wonderful outdoor adventures. Visit her at today and see what's new.

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