How to Pack a Hiking Bag

Hiking is fun, but it is hard to pack light but still pack well. Here is how to.


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    Find a medium - large, light weight bag that fits comfortably onto your back.
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    Find all of these (these are the basics, and are absolutely necessary):
    • First Aid Kit - Have bandages, plasters of a variety of sizes, safety pins, antibacterial hand wash, antibacterial wipes, normal wipes, several mini - packs of tissues, a tub of petroleum jelly, a thermometer (it is handy to have both a rectal and oral thermometer, just in case one breaks), a packet of paracetamol, a packet of ibuprofen and a small bottle of Calpol or something similar, and any medicine particular to anyone travelling with you. Keep this at the top of your bag.
    • Water. How much will you need? Is it a full one - day hike, or just an hour long hike? Pack several small bottles of water, and a box of water purification tablets, just in case. For example, if you get lost in the woods, the water purification tablets will make any river water safe to drink. Spread the water around the bag, but put the tablets near the top.
    • Matches. Get a small box of waterproof matches, swathe them in plastic bag or cling film, and keep in a side pocket.
    • Food. How much food will you need? Pack plenty of energy bars, possibly a few tins of food (if you are planning on lighting a fire, or taking a gas cooker, you can take tins of potatoes, carrots etc), a few sandwiches, possibly some crisps or other starch based snacks, some fruit in an airtight container and any other food you want. Keep the food near the top, but make sure it isn't squashed.
    • Clothing. Pack a warm jumper, a waterproof coat and possible a scarf, hat and gloves. Keep these near the middle.
    • Torch. Pack a torch that has brand new batteries in it, and some spare batteries.
    • Lavatory paper. If you are caught in the woods and need to excrete your bowels, you will need it. Keep it in a separate pocket, wrapped in a plastic bag to keep it dry.
    • Money. Pack a little money, just in case you need to use a pay - phone.
    • Cell/Mobile Phone. Charge it up, and pack it just in case. Keep this in a clean, dry pocket.
    • A lightweight blanket. Pack at least one lightweight blanket, just in case you are trapped in the woods.
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    Make sure the bag is light enough to carry.
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    Consider your individual needs, and pack anything else you may need.
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    Make sure it is packed to suit your needs, and has all the basics.


  • Consider packing string, scissors, a tin opener, a knife and utensils if necessary.


  • Don't be afraid to over - pack, but don't under pack.

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