AT Thru-Hike Prep (Day 2 of 3)

Where does all this go?

The system I use is:

1) Main compartment bottom layer is for the sleep system.

2) Main compartment mid layer is for food bag and dry clothes bag.

3) Main compartment top is for the dry all-other-stuff bag.

4) Outside stretch compartment is for camp shoes and seat pad.

5) Outside of main compartment sleep area has two straps. This is where tent secures snugly.

6) Day bag (on top of main bag area) which has two zippered compartments.

  • Top area has guidebook, toilet paper in ziplock, headlamp, and water filter.
  • Bottom area has snacks, hydration/electrolyte powders, garbage bag that is a 1-gallon ziplock, electronics cords, and solar battery bank in a ziplock.

After it’s in the backpack, now what?

First off, size your pack to you. Many articles break this down completely. Quickly this means:

  • Max out slack for shoulder and hip straps so they are loose
  • Main waist straps should ride centered on the top of your hip bones
  • Clip the waist straps together. Evenly pull slack from both sides of waist straps until most of the pack weight is on your hips
  • Clip together chest strap
  • Ensure left and right of chest strap is level
  • Adjust shoulder straps to desired comfort
  • Pull slack snug, but not firm to body for shoulder straps
  • You are set




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