Tip: Packing Your Rucksack

Posted: June 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Here are some tips to help you pack your rucksack (see diagram on next page):

1. Line your rucksack with a rucksack liner or a strong plastic bag.

2. ALWAYS put your sleeping bag inside a plastic bag inside the plastic liner of your rucksack.

3. Puts items that you are unlikely to require when walking during the day, such as your sleeping bag, stove, fuel and camp food, at the bottom of your rucksack.

4. You will probably need your waterproof jacket and trousers during the expedition so keep them handy near the top of your rucksack.

5. Keep first aid kit, torch, matches, money and other valuables inside a plastic bag and locate near the top of your rucksack or somewhere they can be found easily in an emergency.

6. Keep your food and liquid for the day in a side pocket of your rucksack or near the top.

7. Map, compass and route card will be used frequently and so must be easily accessible.

8. Generally, heavy items such as tents should be packed close to your back and as high up as possible. This reduces the downward and backward pull on your back and should be more comfortable to carry.

9. Avoid hanging items, particularly heavy ones, from the outside of your rucksack. The swinging motion will interfere with your walking rhythm and will make you tire more quickly.

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