How to regulate and pack your Backpack.
Knowing how to pack a backpack is an art. More than that, knowing how to regulate and having it perfectly adjusted to the body is fundamental. After all, it is part of you and it is there that will be loaded everything that is necessary to guarantee comfort and security in a walk or camping, mainly when the activity takes several days.
The choice of the backpack, its size, the storage and the regulation are vital for your comfort and should be treated with attention. It is not just filling the backpack and throwing it in the back.
Nothing worse than endless hours of misplaced equipment, stinging your back or causing imbalance during an activity.
More than that, a poorly made fit and there went the whole weight to the shoulders, rather than the hips, much more prepared to carry it. Some tips are basic and work even for those who will travel over the weekend to the beach house, but do not dispense with the use of the backpack.Check it out next.
- Wrap your clothes – In addition to folding them properly, wrap them one by one, to make it easier to pack them in the backpack.In this way, they knead less too!
- Keep everything inside plastic bag – This tip works well in Brazil and in humid places, since there is nothing more unpleasant than wet clothes at the end of the day. Even worse if this happens with clean clothes that should be dry and warm. Do not forget to check if the bags do not have holes, as a storm does not forgive even the little ones. And try to separate them into smaller packages instead of using a large bag for everything.
- Fill in the corners – The ideal backpack will be mounted not only on the inside but also on the outside. That is, it is essential that when you fill it, check from the outside if any part of the fabric is loose, sign of empty space and, therefore, misuse of it. Ideally, it should be fully stretched, with clothing, equipment, stove and food filling it entirely.
- Light Trekking – In this type of hike, place the heavy material as close to your back as possible to keep the center of gravity of the load at shoulder height.
- Medium walks (rough terrain and forest trails) and climbs – In situations requiring high steps, jumps, squats and side balances, the center of gravity should be lowered to the middle of the back and close to it. A large backpack with a high center of gravity can knock down its owner during a squatting. In addition, placing the heavier material in the right place also facilitates the operation of loading and unloading the backpack without assistance.
- Difficult hikes (very rough terrain and heavy forest) and heavy loads – In multi-day expeditions or approaches of great mountains, heavy equipment can be placed in the back of the backpack, which allows greater freedom of movement and, consequently, less physical wear and tear during the journey. The sleeping bag and the clothes for hiking, for example, can be in the bottom of the backpack or in that compartment separated from the rest. Avoid placing in this part, materials that may break. And do not forget to fill each corner of the backpack, since any space can be precious. From the middle to the end, start putting cooking and / or climbing materials. Heavy materials should be against the back, allowing the backpack to be relatively high in the center of gravity, ideal for carrying it.
- Tent – If you have tent and need to put it inside the backpack, divide it in two and place each part on one side of the backpack.
- Things to keep at hand – Finish packing your backpack with foods that, in addition to being heavy, should be used the first day. Leave the day snack, anorak and water by hand, as well as other things that are used very often and at times that we usually do not have much time to lose.
How to adjust the backpack on your body
To regulate the backpack many factors are considered. They were designed and manufactured always taking into account the resistance of the materials in tune with the movement of the body. All those ribbons in your backpack have a reason for being and exist: they were made to provide a perfect fit to your body. The materials used and the adjustment systems should fit the physical structure of each person. Most importantly, the weight is always leaning forward and not leaning backwards.
The larger backpacks, called frets, have a padded belly, which provides greater comfort and can transfer between 80% and 90% of the total weight to the hips. The smaller backpacks, called attack, have only one tape as a bell and its function is to give stability. The load, in this case, is right on the shoulders.
Adjust the carriage when it is already full and tidy. Put it on the back with the slack ribbons, adjust the distance between the shoulder and the gizzard (many backpacks allow this adjustment, be sure to check it at the time of purchase) and then fit the girdle and adjust it. The ideal backpack should have the length of your trunk, from the neck to the hip. The middle of the bump should be over the bones of the basin and not above (which could end up constricting the stomach). It is essential that the weight stays on the belly and not on the shoulders.
If the backpack has stabilizing strips on the gut tighten them, causing the bottom of the backpack to be as close to the body as possible.
The stabilizing straps, which lie on top, close to the shoulder, serve to bring the weight of the backpack and its center of gravity to as close to the body as possible. Adjust them to optimize the positioning of the handles. For very rough terrains, it is suggested to use them more fairly. For easier terrains, you can leave them a bit looser. During the walk, check the adjustments from time to time, as it is common for the backpack to “sit” according to the movement.
About weight, ideally, it should not exceed 1/3 of its own weight, especially when walking on rough terrain. For beginners, or is out of shape, it is recommended to start taking only 1/5 of the weight on longer walks. That is, have good judgment and be realistic with the weight you can carry.