The Best Way To Load A Backpack For Long Hikes [Infographic]

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Getting your backpack just right is key for having an awesome camping trip. Once you've selected the right bag, use this graphic to load it up so you're comfortable on the trail.

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Even if you have tons of equipment, you want to distribute the overall weight correctly. The lighter, less used things (like your sleeping bag) should go towards the bottom. Keep heavier equipment in the part of your pack that will be closest to the centre of your back so you'll be able to better support the weight.

Finally, place light items you'll need frequent access to (like snacks and cameras) in the top pockets of your pack. The graphic below contains a bunch of additional tips, including the ten essential "systems" you need to take.

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