By: Mohammed Amir khan (B&F)
Planning your trip, make sure you have packed right things to carry for your journey. Spend more time to pack and you will be happier during travel.
Packing bags is something that most people leave to the last minute. Why? Forgetting things at home will cost you extra bucks. So, take a bit of time, use the packing list and make sure you go away with everything you
need, keeping all the irrelevant stuff at home.
I’ve been traveling for more than 8 Years now, I always carry checklist while packing my stuff and trust me i never miss a thing.
No matter the length of the trip — be it a weekend beach getaway or a three-week Himalayan trek — you’ll need to pack a bag, and you’ll want to pack it right.
Bagpack should be properly balanced having multiple compartments along with back support internal frame. Main Bagpack ideally should be between 55-75 Ltrs with Rain cover, and a daypack 15-30 Ltrs always a good idea for 1 / 2 days hike to carry camera/jackets/medical kits/bottle etc.
Backpack sizes are typically expressed in liters (i.e. the volume they can contain). You’ll notice that backpacks sometimes have this number in their product name. Thinking in liters might not be totally intuitive, so here is an overview for some of the common sizes
15 – 40 L – Too small unless you’re going on a weekend trip, or you’re super minimalist
40 – 55 L – Woohoo! The happy sweet spot. Good for shorter trips but equally fine for trips lasting many weeks or months (that is, if you know how to pack light). Ideal if you’re traveling within one climate and don’t need lots of bulky winter clothing. This size is usually accepted as carry-on luggage, saving you time and money.
55 – 70 L – Perfect if you need just a bit of extra space. Consider this size if you will travel through various climates, if you’re bringing additional equipment (sports gear, etc.), or maybe if you can’t resist buying many souvenirs. Otherwise, a 40 or 45L is probably fine.
70- 120 L – NOPE. This size is for trekking, camping, and mountaineering only. If you use these for travel, you’re likely to over pack and curse your backpack repeatedly. The internal support frames often already weigh several kilos. For most travelers this is overkill.
I always prefer using Quechua Forclaz 100 hiking shoes, they are weather proof and provides good grips on rocky terrain.
Inner Fleece jackets & Cap
Other handy items
Travel guides , Luggage Tags, UV Goggles, Watch, Floaters/sleepers, Shaving Kit, Pocket Knife, Toiletries, Sunscreen, Tissue Rolls, Dryfit towel, Socks, Bin Bags.
Extra Stuff for – Camping/Trekking
Compressed Sleeping bag, Sleeping mat, Extra Shoe Laces, Flashlight, head lamp, Hooks, Carabiners, Mug, Stove, Spoon, forks, Sleeping Eye mask, Ear plugs, Power Bank, AAA AA batteries, Mobile Charger, Handsfree, Lighter.
There’s a lot to consider when determining what to bring, the type and length of your trip, your itinerary, the weather, the size of your luggage, and any weight limits imposed by your mode of transportation. And with so many factors at play, it’s easy to overpack or underpack, especially if you’ve waited until the last minute.
“I have a small zippered pouch that I always put in my carry-on bag — in it I stash all the things that I want to keep with me during travel (headphones, earplugs, Sleeping mask, phone, wallet etc.) so that when I board I can just pull that pouch out, toss it into my seat, and then place my carry-on nearby, quickly and efficiently.”
STEP 1 – CHOOSING THE CORRECT BACKPACK
Before putting anything into your bag, the first step is to ensure that you’re using the correct size bag for the amount of gear you are planning to take. It’s important to find the line between unnecessary weight and certain luxuries for comfort. With today’s technology, backpacks are lighter and stronger than they have ever been, so upgrading an old backpack may be worth doing. Taking into account the length of the trip will help you decide what size backpack to take. Note that for longer trips you will need to pack more clothes and more food.
STEP 2 – ORGANISING WHAT TO TAKE
In order to pack your backpack correctly, you may want to lay out everything on your floor and categorise items by weight, therefore making the backing process easier. Another good idea is to cluster similar items such as eating utensils and pots, this will make life easier when unpacking. A good tip is to put all toiletries and liquids in water tight bags to prevent spills.
STEP 3 – PACKING
When loading your bag you must remember to follow the packing guidelines in the picture, I’ll suggest you to pack bottoms up. Lightweight items should sit at the bottom of the bag, I always keep things in bottom that I usually don’t need usually like Jackets, Sleeping bag and other night-time supplies they can be tucked away there and left until you need them. Always pack to the corners! This is crucial here as you’ll be surprised how much extra space you’ll have if you get things squashed into the deep corners.
After a good proportion of the lighter items have been packed, you need to pack the heavier items. As shown in the diagrams, the most effective place to put heavy items is midway down the backpack as close to the spine as possible. Then try to fill the rest of the backpack with medium/light weight items. Try to pack in a strategic way to avoid pulling out everything for an item that’s sitting at the bottom. For example, if the weather is forecasted rain, it would be a good idea to place your rain jacket at the top end of your bag, so if it does start to rain you’re not messing around trying to find it. Items that are good to have at the ready would be, rainwear, snack food, insect repellent and a headlamp.
Be sure to fill in any empty spaces with small compressible items and make use of the whole bag, i.e. pockets. For example, you can stuff a shirt inside a pot, try rolling all Tees/Jeans so that it can be fitted into less space, put a roll of duct tape around your hiking poles, or remove your sleeping bag from its sack and stuff it around other gear. After your backpack is loaded, you need to tighten all straps to compact the backpack and to avoid items moving around
STEP 4 – EXTERNAL ATTACHMENTS
If you have packed your bag properly and have the right size bag for your trip then you should really need to add things on to your bag externally. However, you can come across awkward shaped items and limited space, so if this does happen you can always add items to the exterior of your backpack. This is something that I would recommend trying to avoid as it can unbalance your bag and potentially snag on things. Tents, roll mats and water bottles are the types of items to store externally.
“After going on Mountain adventures and suffering food poisoning, sudden fever, cuts and scrapes, terrible bug bites, and other ailments — I’ve learned to always pack a small medical kit. I keep a Medical kit bag ready to go stocked with Band-aids, antibiotics, ORS, Volini Pain Relief Spray, Avil 25, Cold Cream, Lip Guard, Antiseptic Cream (Betadine), Dettol, Norflox (Food Poisoning), Enteroquinol (Loose motion), Crocin/Paracetamol (fever), Flexon/Diclowin (Pain), Avomine/Diligen (Motion Sickness/Vomiting/ Dizziness), Diamox (Altitude Sickness), Zinetac 150 Mg/Eno (Acidity), Crepe Bandage, Cotton, Dressing, Vicks etc. (you can ask your doctor for an emergency prescription before you travel), and ear plugs (life savers on long-haul flights and trains). And if you never have to use it, all the better!
A LOADED BACKPACK SHOULDN’T EXCEED 30% OF YOUR BODY WEIGHT.
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