A poorly packed or fitted bag can injure you and ruin your trip. The infographic below will show you how to pack a backpack and how to adjust a backpack to prevent shoulder, back, and neck pain.
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A poorly packed or fitted bag can injure you and ruin your trip. This guide will show you how to pack a backpack and how to adjust a backpack to prevent shoulder, back, and neck pain.
The key to a comfortable backpack is a balanced load. The weight should be centered and close to your body so that your bag isn't pulling back on your shoulders.
Pack medium-weight items like pants and jackets around the heavy items in the top half of your backpack. Use them to fill out your pack and to give it structure.
Pack heavy items like shoes, a laptop, or a camera in the middle of your backpack. Keep them as close to your body as possible.
Pack lightweight items like t-shirts and socks at the bottom of your backpack. They should be packed densely enough that the heavy items don't compress them and sink down in your bag.
A properly fitted backpack feels light and like an extension of your body. Hip belts and chest straps may not look cool, but they're designed for your comfort and safety. Used properly, a hip belt will shift 80% of your pack's weight from your back to your hips so that your leg muscles can do most of the work.
If the weight is still on your shoulders...
Make small adjustments to the shoulder straps and hip belt until you feel the weight transfer onto your hips.
If the weight is unbalanced...
Adjust your packing according to the directions in the first section so that the weight is evenly distributed.
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