How Do You Properly Wear a Backpacking Pack?

By Michael Ferguson

Backpacking trips can be incredibly rewarding, but it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for the journey. One of the most important pieces of gear for any backpacker is their pack and knowing how to properly wear it will ensure that you stay comfortable and safe during your trip.

When wearing your pack, it’s important to always adjust the straps so that they fit snugly against your body. Start by adjusting the shoulder straps so that they fit snugly around your shoulders, while not digging into them.

Then, adjust the sternum strap so that it sits just above your chest and can help take some of the weight off of your shoulders.

Next, adjust the hip belt to fit snugly around your hips. This is an important part of wearing a backpack as it helps to transfer some of the weight from your shoulders to your hips and core muscles, which helps with balance and stability. Make sure the belt is tight enough so that it doesn’t slip down when walking or climbing.

Finally, make sure all of the straps are adjusted evenly on both sides of the pack. This will help distribute weight evenly and prevent one side from becoming too heavy or putting strain on one side of your body.


In conclusion, properly wearing a backpacking pack is an essential part of having a successful adventure in nature. Taking time to adjust all straps correctly will ensure that you are comfortable while carrying heavy loads and have better balance and stability on uneven terrain.