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WHAT TO PACK AND HOW TO PACK YOUR RUCKSACK FOR HIMALAYAN TREK


By: Neha Yadav November 12, 2017
To ensure you have kept everything for your trip, here is the checklist:

Rule no 1: Get a proper rucksack

If you are hiking for 5 days or more you will be needing a 40-50 L rucksack. It is very important to have a sturdy backpack when you are going for long hike and keeping everything in place is very essential for comfortable hiking. We want you to enjoy your trek while you carry your weight. A good weight for your backpack is between 10-15 kg. Experiment before you go and pack your bag a couple of times to find out what fits where. 


Rule no. 2:  Gather everything you require for the trek

a) Documents - Tickets, valid Id proof, cash, credit card/debit card, disclaimer, medical certificate, etc ).
b) Clothes - Warm jacket, pullover, 02 track pants, 04 t-shirts, 04 socks, bandanna, gloves, inner wears, woollen cap, raincoat, flip flops and trekking shoes. 
c) Toiletries - Towel, toothbrush, shampoo pouches, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, sunscreen, toilet paper, lip balm, nail clipper, tampons and insect repellent.
d) Medical Kit - A good medical kit is really important. (Bandage, safety pins, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic hand wash, antiseptic cream, dettol, cotton, band-aid, vicks, strepsils, dolo(for fever), moov(spray), brufen, paracetamol, painkiller and any personal medication.
e) Gizmos and gadgets - Mobile phone, cameras with charged batteries, mp3 player, memory card, spare rechargeable batteries, watch, solar light, headlamp, torch and a power bank. The less gadgets you carry the better it is.
f) Miscellaneous: Notebook, pen, sunglasses, water bottle, sleeping bag, book, Small pouch bag( to put garbage to avoid littering on the trail) sewing kit, tiffin box with spoon, Swiss knife, binoculars, trekking pole, snacks(chocolates and dry fruits), waterproof cover for a bag.

Take out a print out for this and make sure you have everything you need. Make a checklist and note it down somewhere and tick things off as soon 
as you have it with you. Instead of tossing it in your bag take time to plan out what goes where. We don't expect you to take everything on the packing list! It's just a guide to remind you if you've forgotten anything or not.

Now that we know what to get for a trek, let us understand how the pack the bag?

Packing rucksack is an art. For Himalayan treks, it is very important that packing should be done right. If you just stuff your items then afterwards you will be utterly disappointed, the reason is your bag will keep on swaying while you hike. And it can also give you some serious back problems. A well loaded rucksack will feel balanced when resting on your hips and won’t shift as you hike with it. 

But how exactly do you do that?

let’s start to load it with all your awesome gears!

LAY EVERYTHING OUT


The first tip given is to lay out everything you want to bring in front of you. Spreading out all your gear gives you a good overview of what you plan to take. Another useful tip is to take a closer look at the clothing you’re planning to pack. A common hiking newbie mistake is to over pack. Trust us, you won’t need as many pieces of clothing as you think you might. 
Learn everything you need to know to plan a wilderness backpacking trip

1. FIRST PACK THE BOTTOM AND THEN WORK YOUR WAY UP

Make sure you pack those things at the bottom which you shouldn't be needing until you reach your camp for night stay. The first thing to go into your backpack and the last thing to come out is your sleeping bag. It is very important to keep weight distribution in mind. Be sure to pack the load firmly. You waste lot of energy in constantly shifting the load. Put lightweight gear in the bottom of your backpack. Lightweight and bulky shoes are also good for the bottom of your bag. Keep the heaviest items close to your back.  The lightest things go at the bottom and at the top with middle weight gear at the center to top of your pack. This will help you balance the pack.

2. PACK THE MIDDLE OF THE BACKPACK

After finishing the bottom section of the backpack let us move to the middle section.
If you’re camping, this is where you would put your camp stove or tent.  Electronics items can be placed here to avoid the breakage of the items while travelling. The main motive is to pack your backpack so that it is well balanced with a stable centre of gravity.  Keep heavy things away from the outside, bottom and top of your backpack. Put heavy weight, heavy density items close to your back. In case you are carrying too many clothes, use compression bags to minimise their size. Once you’ve packed your heavy things, you can fill up any leftover space with lighter items such as clothes and towel.  

3. PACK THE TOP OF THE BACKPACK

Now that we’ve packed the bottom and middle section of the backpack, we can start filling up the top section. Place what you’ll need to access first on the top like raincoat, first aid, snacks, or a quick change of clothes for arrival.

4. OUTER POCKETS

Smaller items like sunglasses, medical kit, sunscreen, toiletries and other essentials should be placed in your outer pockets for easy access.  Water bottles can be placed at the side of the packs.


MORE TIPS ON PACKING

Make use of all empty spaces in your backpack.
Have it close at hand - The key to packing your backpack properly is to keep things that you will most likely need within easy reach. 
A fully loaded pack sitting on the ground is a load.  Like all loads, use your legs to lift the load. Never use your back with straight legs to lift your load.
Make sure your pack fits comfortably by securing all of the straps.
Get the weight down - the heavier you pack, the harder it will be comfortably carry over the duration of your trek.
Experiment with a short hike and pay attention to your posture and balance.


After you pick your perfect pack and pack it up perfectly, there is only one left to do, enjoy the journey!!!

Remember, it is always a good idea to carry your own backpack.

Tags: backpack , light backpack , trekking with backpack , rucksack , haversack

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