How to Run With a Backpack

The last time I was on a trip, an incident took place which I still laugh at. Although I am quite good with planning and stuff when it comes to trips, the last trip was a chaos. I did not have much time to pack and also it was raining and ugh! So many issues in one go. Anyway, what happened was that, we had to run through the edges of the hill to a better place for camping as it was raining really heavy. That was really a horrible and miserable experience. I had my backpack with me. I was about to fall down quite a few times and also a lot of things fell on the grown.

Well, that was indeed a really bad experience, yes; but that taught me how to run with a backpack efficiently. You may have been through the same as I, so here are a few tips for you on how to run with a backpack.

Well, it does not matter what type of backpack you are using, it might be your best backpack that you carry to college or a backpack that you carry for hiking, these tips will help you to run with it without any issues.

  • Although we prefer using a wide backpack to carry while we are on trips, there are a few things you might consider. Always try to carry a backpack that is lightweight. Also see if the shoulder straps are narrow and soft or not. However, we need a lot of space in our backpacks to carry stuff, but if you already know that you might have to run, then do prefer a backpack that has fewer compartments, flaps, buckles or straps.
  • Try to minimize the load of your backpack as much as possible. Also, when you are hiking or trekking, make sure you do not wear heavier clothes. Try to keep your clothes as lightweight as possible.
  • After you hoist your backpack, make sure you tighten the straps of your backpack. See if the backpack tightly sits perfectly on your back or not. But in case you are going for jogging, look out for your body’s movement. You do not want it to be uncomfortable.
  • If your backpack has waist straps and chest straps, then you might consider using them too. That will have a good balance on your backpack.
  • Now you are good to go. Once you start running, you will notice the movements of your backpack. The first few minutes might make you feel irritated, but eventually you will like the groove.

So here are a few ways on how to run with the backpack. Well, I hope you know that running with the backpack might help you to lose weight. So as of now if you have been jogging alone, then it’s time you carry your backpack along with you every morning. Follow these steps and there will be no more problems for you when you want to run with a backpack. Good Luck.

How to Pack a Backpack for Hiking

The first time when I was backpacking for my hiking trip, it took me a hell lot of time. I was inexperienced and also naïve, which is why I had to leave a lot of stuff behind as there was no space in my backpack. But now I am quite happy that I learned how to efficiently pack my backpack for hiking.

It can be quite tricky for a first timer to pack their backpacks. So here I am helping you out with some of the best tips.

The backpacks that you can carry to college can also be carried for hiking and trips. And usually, they have all the space and storage you need to carry the essential items with you. However there is no specific way to pack your backpacks, but before you go ahead and start packing, remember that packing can be divided into these few zones and storages—

  • Top zone – this zone is good for the items which are bulkier than others which are important for the trail.
  • Bottom zone – the bottom zone usually should contain items which are bulky but you do not need until you reach the camp site.
  • Core zone – this zone is good for the heavy and dense items.
  • Tool storage – the tool storage is good for bigger or longer items.
  • Accessories pocket – put the items which are essential and you will need them often.

Now that you know the zones and storage, you need to know what items should be placed in which zone or storage.

Top zone items – this zone carries the items you might need during the trail. They are—

  • Water purifier
  • First aid box
  • Raincoats
  • Insulated jackets
  • Fleece pants and jackets
  • Toilet essentials

Bottom zone items – bottom zones should be loaded with items which are bulky but you do not need them until the camp. They are—

  • Down boots or camp shoes
  • Sleeping pads (the small ones)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Your sleep wears

 

Core zone items – this zone includes all the dense and heavy items. They are—

  • Water reservoir in case you are not opting for any mineral water bottles
  • A food stash
  • Stove
  • Cooking kit
  • A bear canister that contains all your food and all the other scented items there.

When you pack these dense items in the core zone, it helps your backpack to maintain a balance and it does not sag. When you are carrying anything liquid, say water or any kind of fuel, make sure you carefully check if the cap of the bottle is tight. Place them away from the food items. Your bulky items may shift places while you are hiking due to the few spaces available. So consider wrapping some soft items around your bulky items. That will cover the spaces and prevent the items from shifting.  You can wrap some extra clothes or some rain flies or the tent body around the items.

Tool storage – the tool storage includes the following items—

  • Large sleeping pads
  • Climbing ropes
  • Trekking poles
  • Ice axe
  • Tent poles
  • Camp chairs
  • Crampons

The accessories pocket – you can put all the essential accessories in the accessories packet. You can include these following items—

  • Cash and ID stash
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • GPS, Map and Compass
  • Lip balm
  • Snacks
  • Car keys
  • Bug spray
  • Rain cover
  • Water bottles
  • Headlamp

There are a lot of storage pockets available in the backpacks. There can be a lid pocket, side pocket, hip belt pocket and front pocket. Based on the items above you can choose which item should be in which pockets.

 

Carrying your backpack

When you hoist your backpack, the most common mistake you make is to lift the backpack by a shoulder strap. That may damage your shoulder harness and also you might feel uncomfortable while controlling your backpack on your shoulder. So before you hoist your backpack, loosen all the straps a little bit so that it can easily slip on.

So here I have provided you the best way to pack your backpacks while you are going for hiking. If you are a beginner, then these steps will definitely help you out. So plan adventures hiking for you in this coming weekend!

How to Pack a Backpack for a Trip

Since my college days, I have been a crazy traveler and have visited a lot and lot of places. I was always up for any trips that used to come on my way. But what bothered me the most was the idea of packing my backpacks. And if you are a beginner, then I am sure you go through the same too. Packing backpacks can be really tricky at times.

Choosing the right backpack for a trip is not an easy task. You need to get the right size and the right brand of backpack. The right size and proper weight of the backpack demolish half of your packing issues.

Packing your backpack has a certain way. But before you start packing your backpacks, you need to remember that just because your backpack can carry a certain amount of weight, does not mean that you have to pack it full. Here are a few tips on how to start packing your backpacks—

  • Make up a list first and categorize your items depending on their weight – you need to know what are the things you are going to carry on your trip. Make a list of the items and categorize them according to their weight. Use the help of color codes so that you do not forget.
  • Place the items according to the weight – while you are packing, remember to place the items according to the weight of your items. Here is how you can categorize the items—
  • On the top place the middle weight items—put some of your light clothes, your umbrella, and jacket on the top of your backpack.
  • In the middle put all the heavy items – if you are camping then put things like stoves, any electronic items or your tent, food stash and food items in the middle of your backpack. You can cover the fragile items with some clothes in order to keep them safe.
  • Put the light weight items on the bottom – put sleeping bags, your camp shoes or your sleep wear and sleeping pads on the bottom of your backpack.
  • The outer pocket game – this place is for all your essential items. You can put your sunglasses, GPS, lip balm, snacks, bugs spray and cash and ID stash in the outer pocket of your backpack. You can also carry your water bottle in the outer pocket.
  • Adjusting your backpack – even if you have successfully packed your backpack, if you do not adjust the straps and belts properly then it might simply be quite uncomfortable for you to carry it. Your shoulder and waist straps should be pulled tightly. The more your backpack is closer to your body, the more you find it comfortable to carry it.

Well, backpacking for your trip is no more a hassle for you now. Find the best backpack of your choice, with the right size and brand and then follow the steps I have provided above. You are good to go!

How to Mount a GoPro on a Backpack

During my college days I used to really freak out when I had to mount GoPro accessories on my backpacks. Not only they are costly as hell at times but also I never really found an easier way to mount them on my backpack then. But then to my savior, my friend helped me out with these amazing tricks to mount a GoPro on my backpack.

The idea is to use DIY Backpack Strap Mount on your backpack. That will not only save you some dime, but they are also cool. Be it your trendy backpack that you love to carry to your college or the ones you take only for hiking, this clever little DIY Backpack Strap Mount work on all.

However, my friend showed me how to make the straps easily at home with the scraps that most probably lies around the corner of the house. Here is what you will need—

  • 1 hard plastic material, cut it equal to the width of your backpack’s shoulder straps
  • 2 round head bolts (1-1/4X20)
  • 2 nut bolts (1/4X20)
  • 2 wing nuts (1/4X20)
  • 1 GoPro adhesive mount, Flat

Once you are done with the equipments, now it’s time for the tools. You will need—

  • Marker
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Measuring Tape
  • Saw
  • Drill

Steps you need to follow—

  • As you have already measured the hard plastic material according to the width of your backpack’s shoulder straps, now it is time for you to wrap it around the shoulder strap of your backpack. Cut the material in appropriate size, make two pieces of them.
  • Now that you have two of them, make a mark where you are going to drill the holes for the head bolts. Drill accordingly. Make sure that the size of your drill is ¼ inch bit.
  • Thread the bolts through the holes.
  • Now add the nut bolts on the opposite side of the bolts head and add place the other piece of plastic on the top. Once you are done with it, add the wing nuts.
  • At the end add the GoPro Adhesive Mount at the front of your new strap.
  • Let it adhere securely.

Here are simple ways to securely mount a GoPro on your backpack. The best thing about this is that it won’t cost you much. Follow these simple steps and you are good to go. All the best!

 

How to Fix a Zipper on a Backpack

What makes you more annoyed than an old backpack; an old backpack with a broken zipper. This is true. Most of us go through the pain of dealing with a broken zipper. And rather than fixing it, we opt for a new backpack. The reason behind this can be anything, for instance, laziness or you do not know how to fix a broken zipper.

So if you do not know how to fix a broken zipper, here are the best ways to fix them. Whether it’s your backpack that you carry to college or the ones that accompany you to trips, these life hacks can be used everywhere.

  1. Fix the zipper that got stuck—sometimes your zipper might get stuck in between. What you can do? Follow these tips—
  • Lubricate the zipper with graphite. Just run a pencil through the zipper’s teeth. After that wiggle the slider up and down.
  • You can also apply laundry soap on your zipper. Dip one cotton ball into the laundry soap, soak it into the water. Now slide the cotton ball up and down through the zipper’s teeth. Wiggle the slider up and down.
  1. Fix the separated zipper – most of the times your backpack becomes the victim of separated zipper. The reason is excessive load on your backpack. Here is what you can do—
  • Unload unnecessary items from your backpack. Put them in another bag.
  • Most zippers get separated because of a bent tooth. If you find one, then tighten it with the help of tweezers or needle nose pliers.
  1. Fix the broken Zipper – when your zipper gets broken, here is what you can do—
  • Find the reason or the point where the damage started. If the damage occurred near the top of your zipper or if one of the teeth is missing at the top of your zipper or the slider is bent, then you can easily fix the problem, but in case there are teeth missing on the bottom or middle, then you need to replace the entire zipper.
  • Remove the top zipper stops off the backpack with a pair of pliers. Pull hard and remove the both stops. Replace them with a new pair of stops.
  • If your slider is broken, then fix it or replace it. Now if you want to fix it, look at the slider of your zipper from inside. What do you see? Do you see the space between the bottom and top of your zipper uneven? If it is uneven then it will create problems for your slider to engage the zipper teeth properly. You can either just replace it or bend it with a pair of pliers. If you are planning to replace your zipper, first look for the size of the slider. After that put it on the slider.

There are lots of ways to replace your zipper or fix it. You can choose any of the above ways. So now rather than buying new backpacks for yourself whenever you damage your zipper, try fixing it on your own. Or if you do not want any breakage to happen to your zipper, then just take a bit of care of your backpacks.

How to Deal with a Heavy Backpack

I still remember during my school and college days I often had to go through the pain of carrying a heavy backpack. And I know how painful it can be as I have been through the same. But now when I go for trips or hiking, I do not really have to worry much about a heavy backpack as I can handle it pretty well.

Well it can be your trendy backpack that you carry to college or the one with lots of other features that you solely use for hiking, but if you are uncomfortable with it, you are never going to like the experience. So here are a few tips to you on how to handle a heavy backpack—

  • Distribute your weight – You know what you have to carry, you know how much weight you are going to carry, so why put it on the same place? When you pack your backpack, always remember that you need to distribute the weight all over. You cannot simply put it on the same place. Always remember that the heaviest items should be at the bottom of the backpack so that while you carry your backpack they are at the closest to your back. Make sure you adjust your straps well.
  • The heaviest items should be at the bottom – The heaviest items of your backpack should be put at the bottom of your backpack. The weight should always be close to your back. If you do not do that, your body will not be able to accept the weight properly and you will feel quite uncomfortable while walking. This might even affect the back of your body.
  • Do not just simply put everything – I see a lot of people just lugging everything on their backpack and carry it. Just because your backpack can carry weight, does not mean it should. So while you are packing, be wise enough to leave unwanted stuffs. For example you will not probably needing a hair styler or a straightner if you are going for a hiking. That is not that important. Leave the unnecessary stuffs at home.
  • Do not carry weight beyond your bodyweight – While you are carrying your backpack, always carry only 15% of your bodyweight. Never cross that limit. For instance, if you weigh 145 pounds, then you can carry a backpack that weighs 21 pounds at the most. Not beyond that. Weight beyond that might hamper the bottom of your body.
  • Always use both of the straps – Using one strap while carrying your backpack may make you feel tired and your back will not like it as well. Always carry your backpack with both of the straps. This way you can feel comfortable while walking.

Using heavy backpacks are quite mandatory at times but you can easily handle them well with the right way. All you have to do is do it with the right way. Follow these steps properly that I have provided you above and you are good to go.

 

How to Attach Tent to Backpack – We found an easier way!

I have seen a lot of people struggling with the decision of whether to put the tent in the backpack or attach it outside. When it comes to attaching the tent outside the backpack, it requires a lot of attention as the wrong way will put you in trouble while carrying the backpack.

But before you go ahead and think about attaching the tent to your backpack, here are few things you might want to know—

  • Attaching the backpack outside will save you a lot of space inside.
  • But it may rip a hole in your gear when you put your backpack on the ground.
  • There might be a problem for you to balance your backpack.
  • The tent may fall off from your backpack.

But if you pack the tent inside your backpack, the following things you might want to know—

  • Less space inside your backpack.
  • Will never fall off from your backpack
  • Better balance while you are carrying your backpack
  • Your tent will be protected from the elements like rocks or branches.

Attaching the tent outside you backpack

The first thing you should remember that attaching a tent outside your backpack saves you a lot of space inside. However, if you are a beginner, then you might need a few tips on how to attach your tent outside your backpack—

  • Roll your tent perfectly – before you are going to put the tent anywhere, whether it’s outside or inside, you need to roll the tent body perfectly.
  • Using the Floating Lids – Well, most backpacks that you carry to your college and also for hiking or trips do have floating lids. The floating lids are actually top pockets attached to the pack with the help of 4 webbing straps. These are used to attach things like your tent body, sleeping pads or sleeping bags.
  • Put the tent body in the right place – Your tent is the heaviest item of all. Therefore, you need to put the tent a little higher in your body and quite close to your spine. If you put the tent in the lower lid, then that will hamper your body balance.
  • Put the tent horizontally – bulky items like tents, sleeping pads or sleeping bags should be put horizontally on your backpack.

Putting your tent inside the backpack

When you are putting the tent inside the backpack, you need to remember that it is the heaviest item in your backpack. Here are a few tips—

  • Put the tent directly at the top of your sleeping bag.
  • Avoid the tent’s stuff sack or else that will take more space in your backpack than needed.
  • Use a foldable tent.
  • Put the tent poles vertically on your backpack. Put them in the gap between the back of your backpack and the sleeping bag. That will save you a lot of space.
  • As the tent is the heaviest item in your backpack, therefore put the tent at the highest of your body and closer to your spine. That will balance your backpack while you are carrying it.

So here I have provided you the best ways to attach your tent on your backpack. You can either attach it outside your backpack or put it inside. It totally depends on you.

How to Attach Sleeping Bag to Backpack? Great For Camping!

Whether it’s your first ever trip or you have been to over hundreds of trips, you still find it quite a lot of work when it comes to attaching your sleeping bag to backpack. It is not at all an easy task to be honest. However, packing your backpack the right way will give you the right control and balance over your backpack.

When it comes to attaching your sleeping bag to the backpack, it largely depends upon the type of your backpack. You may use a backpack that you carry to college or you might use the backpack solely for trips, what you need to concentrate is whether the backpack has external frames or internal frames.

If your backpack has external frames then you may consider attaching the sleeping bag to the outside of your backpack. And if your backpack has internal frames, store the bag inside the backpack.

Here are a few tips on how to attach the sleeping bag to your backpack—

  • Most of the sleeping bags that are designed for backpacks come with a compression sack. So put the sleeping bag in its compression sack. That will minimize the size of the sleeping bag.
  • Pull the cords of the compression sack on each side. That will tighten the compression sack. Make sure you compress it evenly on the both sides.
  • Remember to cover your sleeping bag with a dry plastic cover or any plastic cover. That will protect your sleeping bag from moisture or rain. Fully seal the plastic.
  • If you want to store your sleeping bag inside the backpack, then store it at the bottom of your backpack. You will see many backpacks have the facility of storing the sleeping bag in a specific compartment in the backpack. If you have one those facilities then consider storing your sleeping bag in that compartment. When you keep your sleeping bag inside the backpack, it stays more safe and protected.
  • If you want to attach your sleeping bag outside your backpack then you need to load all the other stuffs inside first. Pack your backpack according the method. The heavier items will be at the top directly against your back and centered in the pack, the lighter items should be at the bottom and the slightly heavy items should be kept in the mid-upper part.
  • Now when it comes to attaching your sleeping bag at the outside of your backpack, attach it at the lower part of your external frame. As you know, the sleeping bag is slightly heavy; you need to keep the sleeping bag as close to your back as possible. That will balance your backpack while you are carrying it. How to attach it? Get a pair of accessory straps to wrap around and then lash the sleeping bag to the frame.
  • You need to wrap the straps around the lash points of the backpack. Now center the sleeping bag just under the main backpack. After that, place each strap a few inches away from each end of the sleeping bag.
  • In order to secure your sleeping bag on the pack, tighten both the straps. Make sure it only moves when the pack moves; not independently.

Attaching the sleeping bag to your backpack is easy. All you have to do is follow the steps and you are good to go.

How to wash a backpack – Keeping your backpack clean and tidy

The backpack has always been quite an essential part of everyone’s life. From carrying books for your college to carrying your belongings while you travel, backpacks do it all. And eventually, your backpack starts to become filthy and smelly due to all the dirt, food and everyday wear and tear. Well if you regularly wipe your backpack then it might keep the dirt away for a while, but your backpack needs a proper cleaning once a while.

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Backpack Guys Find The Best Carry On Backpack For Your Travels

Well, it’s surprising that many don’t understand the difference between a hiking or camping backpack and a travel backpack. While the former is also commonly used for traveling and may work just fine most of the time, the latter, especially the new type that we’re going to talk about, comes with advantages that makes it a much better option hands down.

It’s especially true when it comes to the carry on travel backpack, which is said to be the new breed of travel backpacks and comes with pretty much everything that was left to be desired in the typical rolling travel backpack.

Some of the most impressive advantages it comes with include being softer and more comfortable, very flexible, offering great shoulder support as well as getting around the stringent airline rules around the world considerably easily.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the 3 best carry on backpack that seem to be offering a great bang for your buck.

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