1/ GETTING THE RIGHT BALANCE

Hikers know this well: packing your backpack is not a simple task! For a bivouac lasting several days, we recommend a 40 L or 50 L backpack.

After carefully selecting the equipment you need, it is time to decide how best to pack it. When doing this, you have one priority: properly balancing the load between the front and rear and the left and right.

If your bag leans to one side, your body strains and tires unnecessarily to compensate the imbalance. You also increase the risk of a fall, when you walk up and downhill. It is just as important to have a compact load to avoid clicking and sudden tipping that could lead to a fall.

How to spread the load in your backpack?

2/ THE SECRET OF A WELL-PACKED BACKPACK?

Heavy items are placed in the middle of the backpack closest to your back, while medium weight items go at the bottom and around the sides, with the lighter items at the top.

AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BAG
Place your bedding (sleeping bag, mattress) and your change of clothes. Slide in your water bladder along the back. Your spare shoes can go into the compartment at the bottom of the backpack.

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BACKPACK
Store your tent (vertically), along with the stove, meals and food. Everything should be located as close as possible to your spine.
If there is not enough room for your tent and it is light, you can fasten it to the bottom of your backpack using the hooks on the outside. And if your backpack has straps on the top or bottom, you can strap your tent to the outside to save space inside.

TOP OF THE BAG
Keep your fleece within easy reach, as well as your waterproof jacket and your first aid kit. As for the groundsheet, this can go under the flap or under your backpack, again using the hooks on the outside.

IN THE VARIOUS POCKETS OF THE BACKPACK
You can keep your sunscreen, maps, compass and sunglasses. Cereal bars or a camera can be placed in the waist pocket for quick access. It's preferable to keep your telescopic poles on the outside of the backpack, in a vertical position.

IN THE REMAINING SPACE
You can use this space to keep your hiking clothes and prevent the equipment from sliding around in your backpack.

How to spread the load in your backpack
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Are you hiking in a group? Why not spread out the shared equipment?

3/ ADJUST YOUR BACKPACK

There is one final step: adjust your backpack to fit you.~First of all, before putting it on, you need to adjust the back height. Then, once it is on your shoulders, the belt is the first element that you need to adjust, followed by the shoulder straps. Finally, you need to tighten the load distribution straps.~For more details:

How to spread the load in your backpack?

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I like to set off on forgotten trails, old shepherd’s or postal trails. 

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