Luggage Superstore has some tips for the practical way to pack a backpack.

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For some it may not seem that packing a backpack should require any skill or technique. However, there are some ideas suggested below that could definitely make that backpack trip much easier.

Tips on packing a backpack

Use the outside pockets for storing things that would be more frequently used

One of the worst scenarios of backpacking is realising that the item you most urgently need is set right at the very bottom of the large backpack which took ages to pack in the first place. Luggage Superstore recommends that getting the items organised is key to reaching and finding the item/s you need at that moment in time.

  •     Take everything that you think would be needed and place them all out on the floor. This really helps to see if there is anything being left out or anything really not needed that can be taken away.
  •     Backpacks would have some sort of waterproofing already with the material used to manufacture them.However, a great precaution is to line the entire bag with plastic-like bin liners. This gives double protection from any heavy rains etc.
  •     A backpack is generally a heavy item, so packing heavier things at central point of the bag would create an even balance of gravity for the spine.
  •     Use other softer bulkier items to wrap around the heavier ones to prevent shifting during travelling.
  •     Try rolling clothing as this will save on space and would prevent too many creases and they can also be stuffed into the smaller corner spaces-try packing the corners first.
  •     Utilising space is of importance, so put smaller bits inside larger items. A good example is to put mugs and cutlery inside pots. Use spare shoes to stuff smaller item in there too.
  •     Place toiletries in a small separate bag. This stops a frenzy search for scattered bits when it is time to use them. Finding the bag the toiletries are in means you have found all of it in one go.
  •     Use the outside pockets for storing things that would be more frequently used. E.g. maps, headlight and torchlight, sunscreen, toilet paper, first aid kit, raingear etc.
  •     Sharper objects like poles should be packed to the side of the backpack and anything with points should be facing upwards and the tips should be protected. If the backpack has external straps that could tie smaller items-make use of those.
  •     Keep water caps tightly secure to avoid losing essential water through evaporation or spillage.
  •     Always pack plastic bags for all the wet and dirty items to protect the clean and dry ones. It is really disappointing to go for something clean and dry and all have been soiled because of not separating the “dirties”.

With these few basic suggestions, it should feel a whole lot easier to carry a backpack and easier to know where items are when they are needed.

Luggage Superstore’s established site is in West Kingsdown, Kent. Their aim is providing competitive prices of the highest quality luggage and top calibre Customer Service for online luggage shopping.

Trina Chee-a-kwai
Luggage Superstore
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