Backpacks are important to organize well before a hike. It only becomes more valuable the longer you go, and the further away from civilization you are. The first thing to do is to find one of the right size for the specific purpose.
It’s better if the backpack is too big rather than too small. Most larger backpacks have practical compression straps. Also, make sure you have been trying out your backpack before heading for longer walks. Otherwise it can become a painful experience.
Tips for packing
Everything you want to bring on your hike need to fit your backpack. Especially since you don’t want to walk around and carry things in your hands. Packing your things in colorful bags helps to distinguish items like underwear, flashlight or food. It also makes you find what you’re looking for faster. If you are carrying sensitive items like mobile phones or wallets you can choose water proofbags.
These bags are slightly more expensive, but if you going out and paddling or are crossing many mountain streams they are invaluable. Always pack the same things in a certain place in your backpack. It will make it much easier to find what you need, especially if it starts to get dark.
If this is the case, it’s important to pack the heaviest items higher up near the opening. If you are planning to go skiing with your backpack you should instead make sure that the heaviest in your backpack is packed further down, close to your back. Then you get better balance on the skis. Pack things that you want easy access to during the day in trays which you easily can access. Examples of things that should be easy to reach are water, first aid, map, snacks, compass and rainwear.