Tips and Hints

If you have any tips on your favorite outdoor activities that you would like to share with us please email them to General Contact on our Contact Us page and we will try to post them on our site as well.

Packing Your Pack

Knowing how to pack your backpack properly will help save you from lower back pains and sore shoulders.  Depending on the style of pack you carry will determine how you load it.  For those of you with external packs, you want to keep the weight low; this will help to keep you more balanced.  For those with internal packs, they are designed to hug more to your body with the weight being kept closer to your center of gravity.  That means you will pack the heavier items in the middle.  For example, pack your sleeping bags and clothes first.  Next will be your stove, food, cooking items and fuel containers so they are in the middle.  Your lighter items (extra socks, camera, and rain gear) can be layered on top of stuffed in empty spaces and corners.  Your tent will be the last thing to pack since it will be the first thing you unpack once you have arrived at your campsite.  Also try using separate waterproof sacks for your clothing, sleeping bags and anything else to help your items stay dry and organized.  Your small side pouches are great places to put water bottles, sunglasses, bug spray, compass and maps.