Use these ideas
to make packing your gear easier and keep your bag lighter:
- when in doubt,
leave it out. You can buy almost anything anywhere these
- the lighter
the better. Your pack might not feel heavy as you stand
there in your living room trying it out. But consider hours
of walking with even more accumulated stuff in your pack.
Do a test walk before you leave.
- roll your clothes
when you are packing. This will maximize the use of space
in your backpack and reduce wrinkles.
- look for sample-size
containers of shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste to take
- pack any valuables,
and anything that you would need for your first day or two,
in your carry-on daypack incase your main backpack gets
misplaced on the flight
- remove all old
airline tags, no matter what their sentimental value may
- your pack shouldn't
be full when you leave since you will inevitably acquire
things as you travel, and you may need room for extra water
and food in remote areas
- bottles that
contains liquids should be packed inside plastic bags (such
as Ziploc bags). Include a few larger, lightweight bags
to hold dirty shoes, soggy clothes and dirty laundry.
- if you will
be traveling with a companion, pack some of your belongings
in each other's packs. That way, if one of your bags goes
missing, you'll still have at least some items until you
can recover your lost belongings.
- lock, tie-up,
or conceal all zippers on your pack so dishonest airport
employees (and others) have more difficulty stealing anything.
I say 'more' difficulty because if someone really wants
something out of your bag, they'll just cut your locks or
cut through your bag anyway.
- use small mesh
bags inside your backpack to keep your gear organized
- try to keep
the weight in your backpack higher (but below the shoulders)
for comfort. When walking on difficult terrain, lower the
weight for stability and improve you balance.