Posted on March 15, 2018
Disorder quickly arises in your backpack, especially on extended trips and hiking tours. However, a certain order is important and will facilitate your daily life on any journey. The aim of this article is to help you to easily improve the organization of your baggage. There are several good ways of doing this.
Pack bags offer a simple solution. You can buy water-resistant bags, which can be closed with a cord, from an outdoor shop or simply use reusable cotton bags for this purpose.
By using several pack bags, you can easily organize your baggage into different groups, e.g. T-shirts, pants and underwear/socks can each be put into their own pack bag.
This simple system enables you to pull out specific items from your baggage without rummaging through the whole backpack. The only disadvantage is that you might have unused space between the pack bags in your backpack, which would make the volume of your baggage greater overall.
Some manufacturers of outdoor accessories offer so-called packing cubes. These packing cubes are rectangular in shape and usually fitted with a zipper. This prevents them from taking up as much space in your backpack as packing bags do. Always make sure that the surface is made of water-resistant material which will protect your clothes from dirt and water, and that the zippers are of good quality. Nothing is more annoying than having problems with a broken zip on your trip. You can get a good assortment of packing cubes for about 25 euros in online shops.
We chiefly recommend that you store all your clothes in compression bags if you undertake longer trips or tours in bad weather.
Good compression bags are durable, made of stable, synthetic material, and are extremely easy to close with a zip-lock system. Afterwards, you can press out the surplus air between your clothes by means of a waterproof valve in the compression bag.
If you roll up your clothes before putting them into the compression bag, you can reduce the volume even more.
We recommend that you use several smaller compression bags. This will allow you to put your backpack in order and the compressed, will fit better in your backpack.
The only disadvantage of compression bags is that your clothes might be slightly crumpled. But this should not matter too much on a backpacking trip.
We recommend that you use a simple zip-lock bag, which you can buy from any discount store, for cosmetics such as shampoo or sun cream. You can thereby stop leaky cosmetics from dirtying the inside of your backpack.
If you want to take your camera or other electronic devices with you on your trip, it is always good to pack them in dry bags. A dry bag is a water-resistant bag, whose opening is folded over several times to prevent water from entering it. Your camera will be protected from moisture in a dry bag, even in heavy rain.