Choosing your pack is one of the most important things before heading off out.
- You'll need something that is waterproof.
- Something that is comfortable.
- Something that's strong enough yet not too bulky.
- The size will depend on how fast you want to move, but as a rule you should aim to get the smallest backpack possible for the gear you want to carry. The bigger you make your Backpack the more stuff you will take and ultimately the harder your journey will be.
- Try to pack multi-use items only, if you don't think you'll use it don't take it(emergency items are the exception, you hope not to use them but you'll be very happy you packed them if the need arises!)
- Try and take your chosen bag on a mini test run before going out too far, this goes for all gear really. Set the straps up to your own personal liking and pack it so that you know where everything is.
- Individually waterproof your gear especially clothing, it's an easy move to prevent soggy socks later!
Note: Always remember before heading out to let someone know the route you are taking and what to do if you don't check in at a specified time. A PLB is advisable along with a first aid kit, whistle, torch and warm kit(these items should be waterproofed and permanently stashed at the bottom of your bag). Things change fast in the wilds so don't get caught out.
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