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Why do you need to align your backpack often when traveling?

Why do you need to align your backpack often when traveling?

Remember the last time you went on a picnic, how many times did you adjust your backpack? Or only once before starting the trip? Can you just adjust it right before going home? Most people think of a backpack as equipment that only needs to be prepared once, meaning never to look back on it until coming home with a sore back.

Unfortunately, this happens to quite a lot of people. And often, they had to drag their feet down the mountain with a loose hip cushion and a backpack squeezed to the side to look dangerous, definitely unable to go hiking in this form already! So you want to know the secret to carry both effective and comfortable?


Very simple, you just need to follow 2 concise steps:

Step 1: Find a backpack that is comfortable and fits for you. Be sure to stuff your stuff inside and try your backpack on, before deciding whether to buy it or not.

Step 2: align the backpack regularly.

Everything sounds obvious, but read on for a more detailed explanation. People can wear their backpacks much more simply by adjusting their backpacks throughout the trip. Because during a long day of traveling, several factors begin to affect your backpack, changing the position you carry your backpack, such as:

- Every time you take or pack an item, you are changing the way you organize your belongings. Lunches or snacks in the middle of the road is also the time to rearrange the luggage in your backpack.

- Even if you have a very solid routine of packing things in the morning, your backpack still varies a little from day to day.

- Continuous movement, especially when climbing, tends to change the position of the backpack and change the weight distribution.

- The straps and buckles on your backpack are sometimes loosened due to hiking, hiking, damping or rubbing along the way.

These factors make it important to adjust your backpack strap regularly. Keeping your backpack fit (a skill you need to learn) allows you to carry things on your back more effectively. This has a double effect on frameless or plate-framed backpacks, which require extra care when carrying and packing. I'm not telling you to walk while clutching the backpack strap, adjusting little by little whenever you feel uncomfortable. But you can think about loosening your straps a little and tightening them in the morning just before you take your backpack up or take it off. And then your back will have to thank you for that.

In this article, I will not go into how the package fits, but I will show you how to adjust your backpack. You just need to follow these steps:

- Make sure your hips rest comfortably on your hips and are tied up several times.

- Loosen all straps, belts, and belts.

- Tighten chest belt and adjust the width for comfort

- Make sure the horizontal straps (wrap around the backpack and keep the luggage from moving) are fastened tightly.

- These wires are rarely needed to be adjusted, so this step can be ignored. For many backpacks, these strings are often seen on the sides of the backpack to help compact the backpack.

- Shoulder straps at a level just below shoulder level. Remember that the backpack weight will mostly go down to the hips, the shoulder straps only help keep the luggage in an upright position and keep the backpack from moving from side to side.

- Now tighten the luggage support (connecting the shoulder straps to the top of the backpack) until you feel the shoulder straps pulled up slightly. Push a few centimeters back if it feels too tight.

Everything is very simple, isn't it? And generally, you just need to walk while adjusting the shoulder straps a little. Or pay more attention in the mornings after packing all your belongings, on the way and after lunch (the time you will take out, put in food as well as other equipment)




Backpackers: Beginner Backpacking Gear Guide

Backpackers: Beginner Backpacking Gear Guide

Today I want to share a list of backpacking gears for guys from zero to hero.

The items that I could recommend to you if you’re just getting into backpacking you want to do overnighters, maybe multi day. You’re on a really tight budget you just don’t really know where to start maybe you’ve been invited by a friend a family members been doing backpacking for years and you need to get some supplies but you don’t really know what items to look for, what’s right price points versus you know too expensive. What are maybe things you can pass on and things that you need.

For myself and my family we’ve been backpacking for years doing multi-day going all over the Rocky Mountains and loving every minute of it and so I just want to share it with you the items that I’ve found that work for me and that particularly I could recommend to you if you’re on a budget and you’re just starting out like my buddy?

Water purification

Sticking it with that vein of lightweight, inexpensive, high-performance water purification is super important. If you’re going to be going backpacking and you’re going to be doing multi-day particularly. I can recommend to you the Sawyer mini water filtration system about $18 ways to ounces fits in the palm of your hand.

This thing is awesome, it is able to because of its hollow filter design it will do 0.1 microns which is great for handling almost all bacteria protozoa like e.coli Giardia those type of things and it’s going to be able to handle 99.99 of bacteria and 99.999 of protozoa and meets all USA standards. This thing is awesome, it will not do viruses so don’t take this overseas it won’t do as well and you know you could definitely get sick if you’re going to third world countries and going backpacking.

This will filter out any diseases or sicknesses or bugs or anything in the water that you would face. I would say also get an extra pack for about ten dollars more, if you have the finances to get a 2-pack of their 64 ounce dirty bottles.

The bags to handle that will really help process and more water for you than just the little 32 ounce bags will, but this thing is awesome and going to give you clean water, and we use them constantly when we go backpacking

Shelters

Now, there are two options and it will depend on weight and price how cheap do you need to be this one will be the more inexpensive option.

This is the Mount Smith Mountain shade tarp, this is an epic tarp I’ve been using for a while, now we’ve done it on multi-day hiking trips backpacking trips in the backyard with the family through thunderstorms rainstorms I mean these things are proved itself to be awesome at about fifty dollars is where you’re going to pay for this. It’s bright orange so it can be used as an emergency like flag down as well if you got lost and you know someone’s out there looking for you it the thing that.

I like about this is cut up in design is such a way to be used more than a lean-to set up and I really like that. A phrase frame set up, and it comes with very generous paracord already attached and stakes so it kind of comes with like the whole package. Which I really like so that you don’t have to add things to it is designed to either be set up with trekking poles or they do sell separate parts about $30 more

You can again just tie it to trees or whatever and works as a great shelter against the elements so if you aren’t concerned about bugs or you’re just on a super tight budget or you just don’t feel like a tent is what you really need right now and it’s not that big a deal. This thing is awesome it will be lightweight, I believe it’s under two pounds for the setup and it will cover several people you can get about four people under here without too much difficulty, and your gear as long as you know to lay it out properly, and we’ve been using them for I think two years now two or three years with zero issues, and we love them, and they really perform.

Flashlight

The illumination super important and this handheld illumination is phenomenal save my butt a couple of times when headlamps and other flashlights have broken this has stood the test of time this is the Yuko Cloris two-in-one flashlights lantern.

This is run off a three Triple A batteries and this will be the same as the headlamp I suggest a little later so that you don’t have to carry different types of batteries which is a big plus so three Triple A batteries it has that two-in-one feature so it can work as a lantern illuminate a tent or a campsite and then can be collapsed and used as a really good powerful flashlight that works well.

It’s got IPX6 rating for water resistance so rain and that type of thing will not affect it.

It has four different settings it has a low which will run for like over 130 hours, which is insane a medium for fifteen hours high for five hours has a strobe emergency feature as well to help people locate you or locate a campsite, the high is a hundred and eighteen lumens and then just drops from there very versatile you have used these things for years, $15 screaming deal and it’s about two-and-a-half ounces without the batteries and you’re looking at maybe like an ounce and half more with so compact lightweight and a great price.

Paint point durable will have that not only flashlight capability but again illumination lantern capability for larger throw areas so love this thing can’t recommend it enough.

Stove

We’ve been using the original for years and now this new one for about six months the MSR pocket rocket and then the pocket 2.0 is the new one, these things are phenomenal. We love them they are ultra lightweight, the new one being 2.6 ounces smaller than the original which is awesome comes in a little case about $35.

For just the element this is where the flame will come out and then it comes and then you purchase separately canisters of fuel and the canisters work really well. We’ve never had leakage or problems burns super hot, very wind combative so if it’s windy out it won’t blow out right away it has the ability to keep burning and keep going.

I’ve only had it in very severe conditions a lot of me, I think one time in six years of backpacking so really awesome. Setup will boil water really quickly and just has a great name behind it you know names sometimes does matter an MSR knows what they’re doing with their stuff and again it’s not going to break the bank at about $35 and then each canister.

There lots of different sizes but the average ones are about four dollars if you have two of those you could go for several days boiling water and doing what you need to do so the MSR parking pocket rocket.

I believe every backpacker must have a good reliable fixed blade knife not a pocket knife, not a folding knife not Swiss Army knife. Those are all good and there’s nothing wrong with those and if you want to add that to the list great but you got to have a fixed blade where there’s no moving parts there’s nothing it’s going to get broken damage you know jammed up fall apart.

It’s just a piece of metal with a rubber handle over it and for about 18 dollars you can get the more either companion or heavy duty companion these knives are phenomenal. Look them up online, if you’re an unfamiliar with these knives these are ridiculous there are hundreds of thousands of YouTube videos people testing them stabbing them to trees and standing on them these things are epic made in Sweden about four inches Scandi grind so great for helping with any type of either repair stuff.

Maybe you lose your tent pegs or they break you need to carve some with wood or you just want to make a fire and you need some feather sticks to help prepare that fire food prep I mean whatever you just need a good solid knife.

These things are indestructible, they weigh almost nothing and they’re really inexpensive but they’re from Sweden and from a company has been making knives for over a hundred years.

So these things are phenomenal I cannot recommend them enough everyone needs to have one and everyone should have one when they’re backpacking, just because of how versatile and lightweight they are so the Mora heavy-duty companion or companion the heavy duty is just a little thicker it has a little fatter handle it just really depends on what your preference is and what your price points are they’re about within five dollars of each other between fifteen and twenty bucks but guys have one of these on you even if you don’t think you’re going to use it it is a must.

When you’re on the trail, if you felt that you need the tent and you don’t have an option for that right now the two tents that I can recommend to you just pens on your.

If you’re one man or two man is the Kelty Salida series its the one or two man they run about between 100 and 120 dollars is normal going rate. I’ve been using these for about six years now both one man and two man just depends on the size they both are super functional great in the hard weather rain hail. Those type of things and they are both coming in at under five pounds which is great and at about a hundred dollars you’re getting a great bang for buck you’ve got a good name behind it Kelty that the stands behind their products. It is going to give you all the options that you would need the Kelty Salida one could fit about a fifty pound dog with you but you couldn’t get two people in there. My dog Tommy has slept with me before in there without too many issues and and he’s able to have enough space and I’m able to have enough space.

It has a little shelter lean-to you know for your bag underneath it underneath the rain cover these both come with rain covers or the two man will fit my wife and I and our 50-pound dog Tommy. The trail dog and we’ll have the vestibule to cover two backpacks so these things are awesome and if someone asked me hey dude I got like 100 bucks I need a tent and I’m going to do in backpacking well then I would say the Kelty Salida series just depends on one or two man in size.

Adventure Camp Cook Set

What do you boil your water there’s a ton of different options out there with pots and pans and cups and all kinds of different stuff. This setup for me when you are wanting to hit a budget and get the most out of that budget, this just really makes a lot of sense to me.

This is the Stanley 24-ounce cook set this thing is phenomenal $15 made out of 18 - 8 stainless steel BPA free it’s going to have measuring marks some pots don’t come with that so you never know how much you’re really boiling you just got to kind of eyeball or user now Jean. It has measuring marks which is fantastic again 24 ounces so you’re easily going to be able to get three cups of water which is more than enough for any. Like mountain house freeze-dried type of meal easily boiled in there it will also come with two polypropylene ten ounce cups.

They’re stackable inside this is huge particularly if you like drinking tea you like to make Mimi soups coffee all that type of stuff this is phenomenal. You don’t have to bring another mug, you don’t have to make another, or buy another mug all that different stuff it stacks inside. what’s really cool is that the new tube pocket rocket 2.0 if you remove one of the cups and only take one cup with you will fit inside this setup which is awesome. If it’s just you by yourself or you’re willing to split the cup and take turns or whatever you can actually store your pocket rocket with a lighter inside this set up which is a great option. You can got those two mugs you’re going with more people it’s got a vented lid so it’ll help boil water faster than just a metal cup maybe a little cheaper maybe a little lighter. But you’re not going to get all the features that this has so it has the lid which is a nice bonus and you can drain out of it as well and.

Then that nice handle to keep it away from the element so you won’t burn yourself when you are removing it or if you’re cooking in a fire so I love this thing this I love it this is a great cook set for the price and is going to be great for backpackers.

Sleeping bag

Sleeping is super important when you’re out there you’ve been burning tons of calories you’ve been hiking all over kingdom come in God’s creation and you need a good night’s sleep and you want to be toss and turn of sleeping on rocks and you know trying to make a pillow of a bramble bush so some items.

I can recommend to you with not again going to in depth because there’s a lot of variables but some things to consider, I love the climate brand of sleeping pads these things are phenomenal. They have every type Under the Sun from insulated to double thick to double wide to lightweight to ultralight and everything in between. There’s you pick your combination but I have several types from their large like v-max that they have two insulated versions depending on the temperature that work really well.

If you’re in really cold conditions, they’re tended their thermal ones are awesome extra insulation ultra light you know a lot of times are on sale you can get it for 50 bucks or less depending on your size and color I mean options you want but the climate series will make your sleeping arrangements on the ground so much better than anything that I’ve ever used before. In years past the other thing is the sea2summit pillow series sea2summit is amazing company they make tons of gear and I love their pillows that they offer these things have changed the way I sleep instead of trying to use just a jacket and stuffing it under my head and it’s all over the place or slick types that are out there there’s a lot of times. They’re blow-up pillows that are kind of slick this one has a little bit of cloth texture kind of like what you’d find at your house so your head isn’t slipping all over the place these things are awesome be about fifty dollars forty to fifty dollars depending on size and options that you look at but these things are fantastic and will change the way you sleep when you’re in the outdoors.

150 Lumens Headlight

The other thing that you need with illumination is hands-free illumination so that you can be scrambling. If you’re trying to get out of a location while you’re cooking maybe at night setting up a ten you got to your backpack tin took longer than you thought and now it’s dark and you need to set up your tent instead of trying to angle a flashlight or trying to use the lantern and you’re missing stuff, you want something that is hands-free so the old light H zero five active is epic usually about fifteen dollars.

I have about four of these been using them for years love them recommend them friends and family all the time. And I hear great things from them as well they’re like dude I’m so glad you recommended that to me it’s awesome for the price to triple-a power battery so most lights like this would take three so it’s a lighter weight less batteries you have to take with you that type of thing which is fantastic and it’s going to be ipx4 rated I’ve had it rain on me and stuff and no issues in that regard high is going to be 150 lumens that will gradually go down to 90 lumens and that will go for about four hours. On that high, hundred fifty lumens and then it has two other settings at 30 lumens for 10 hours and 10 lumens for 27 hours which is great I mean it’s going to work fantastic. I usually use the medium and it’ll absolutely work for a backpacking trip for me without having to swap out batteries so totally dig this thing reliable lightweight it does have a little ret read feature as well to save your night vision it does have secondary red lights which is pretty sweet.

Camping Backpack

The other option that I prefer, in that I and my family usually use is the mountain Smith apex series now they have a 60 liter an 80 liter and I believe they are still making the 100 liter options now.

For most people the 60 liter will be fine as long as you’re not bringing a bunch of extra gear up particularly like camera gear and things like that electronics but if you are going for several several days and/or you do want to carry maybe drones maybe camera gear whatever however, then the 80 litre that is.

Usually what I take as I’m prepping for my next backpacking trip with the family here soon this will be the apex 80 will be the pack that I take with me my dad who usually goes way lighter he can do the 60 litre without issue so these are just some ones that I could totally recommend to you the Kelty I think is like 130 to 140 and then the mountain Smith’s are going to be between 150 and 180 just depends on the size and color combinations and things like that.

But these things are epic and without going down the rabbit hole trying to look at all these different aspects and they’re you know there’s a hundred different packs out there for under $200 both of these types of packs will be absolutely fantastic if you can find them used maybe on eBay or something like that you will not go.

The other option that I prefer, in that I and my family usually use is the mountain Smith apex series now they have a 60 liter an 80 liter and I believe they are still making the 100 liter options now.

For most people the 60 liter will be fine as long as you’re not bringing a bunch of extra gear up particularly like camera gear and things like that electronics but if you are going for several several days and/or you do want to carry maybe drones maybe camera gear whatever however, then the 80 litre that is.

Usually what I take as I’m prepping for my next backpacking trip with the family here soon this will be the apex 80 will be the pack that I take with me my dad who usually goes way lighter he can do the 60 litre without issue so these are just some ones that I could totally recommend to you the Kelty I think is like 130 to 140 and then the mountain Smith’s are going to be between 150 and 180 just depends on the size and color combinations and things like that.

But these things are epic and without going down the rabbit hole trying to look at all these different aspects and they’re you know there’s a hundred different packs out there for under $200 both of these types of packs will be absolutely fantastic if you can find them used maybe on eBay or something like that you will not go.

Floding Saw

I think this is super important is a compact folding saw and the reason for that is a couple things one if you will be doing campfires to make it an easy way to get the wood. That you need and get bigger wood maybe than what you’re either more a knife can handle or just other tools or you’re just trying to kick down branches and collect what’s on the ground also for repairing or fixing issues with shelters. Maybe your tent pull broke and you just need to tie off something or support stick a branch inside a side your tent and support it, that way maybe you’re doing the tarp situation and you need your trekking poles broke or whatever you need to get a piece of wood like a small tree and you don’t have the right tools you’re in big trouble.

I think the Bahco Laplander Folding Saw made again in Sweden is an awesome option. Usually between twenty to twenty-five dollars really lightweight about seven inch blade these things are great for the price for what you’re going to pay these things are amazing and they’re really compact and you just never know when a folding saw will be in need particularly. If you like doing fires when you’re out backpacking but also again for those emergency situations and in building shelters and helping in that capacity these things are phenomenal and I think a valuable tool when your backpack I really hope that this list has helped you out and just going to make your backpacking adventures that much more enjoyable that much easier so you can focus on nature and the outdoors and not be worrying about either crappy gear that’s falling apart on you or the lack of gear and wishing you had a particular item to make that adventure enjoyable for yourself and those that you’re going with.