What Order Should I Pack My Backpacking Bag?

By Michael Ferguson

When you’re preparing to go on a backpacking trip, packing your bag correctly can mean the difference between a comfortable and successful journey and an uncomfortable, frustrating one. Every hiker has their own preferences when it comes to packing their backpack, but there are some general guidelines that should be followed in order to ensure that everything fits comfortably and all of your essential items are easy to access.

The first step should be to make sure you have everything you need for your trip. Think about the length of your journey, what type of terrain you will be covering, the weather conditions you may encounter, and the activities that you plan on doing so that you can accurately assess what items are necessary. Once you have all of your gear gathered together, it is time to begin packing.

The best place to start is with the larger, heavier items. These should go in first as they will form the foundation for the rest of your packing.

Place them at the bottom of your backpack or against your back if possible in order to create a solid base for other items. This should include things like sleeping bags, tents, cooking equipment and water containers.

Next, move on to medium-sized items such as clothing, toiletries and food supplies. These can be placed around the edges of the pack and secured using compression straps if needed. If any clothing or gear is particularly bulky or heavy then it can also be placed near your back for extra support.

Finally, add any small items such as electronics, books or maps that don’t take up much space but might still be useful during your travels. These can be tucked away in side pockets or other small spaces around the edges of the bag.


Packing a backpacking bag correctly takes some time and thought but it is worth doing in order to ensure that all of your essential gear is secure and easy to access when needed. Start by placing large and heavy items at the bottom of your backpack then add medium-sized items around them before finally adding smaller items into side pockets or other small spaces around the edges. With this method you should have everything packed neatly so that it fits comfortably on your back without any issues during your journey.