How to Pack Your Bushcraft Backpack

When you are out camping, hiking in the woods, etc., packing a complete and essential kit is of utmost concern. Now, having a durable and quality backpack is essential and the first thing to consider as important.

Normally, we tend to pack more than necessary at times. We can’t just face the fact that sometimes we let modernity tell us that we can’t live out there in the woods, so to compensate, we sometimes pack than necessary. It’s not an entirely bad idea, but to be able to get used to the outside, or the woods, trying to spend a few days in the woods is a good start.

When you get to the woods, you will realize that you have made mistakes and this is normal especially when you are beginning bushcraft. So if you are a beginner, try the woods a few times. Spend 2-3 days out in the woods and repeat this like three times. You will notice on your fourth trip. You would have gotten used to how and what you need to pack.

Always pack the essentials, now depending on your sole purpose of the trip. If it is for exploring or an adventurous trip, be more careful, as it would be more of a solo trip. You have to be ready for issues that could occur out there, like the sudden change in weather, for example. Packing warm would be necessary. It is understandable if you feel like being a bit risky in your decisions or dangerous, but keeping a relaxed and safe mind is vital.

How to Organize a Backpack

A bushcraft backpack can allow an amazing amount of gear. But what goes in first, what shouldn’t be too far away, and must be handy? There is no right way to do all that. So the best thing to do is to think of how well-loaded and packed it should be so that when it rests on your shoulders, it feels comfortable to carry.

First, have a checklist to tick and ensure you have everything you need. Lay them all out before you as you tick off each item. This can also help when you’ve had enough experience. You can tick off the gears that weren’t so important the last time you were on your trip. This helps to lessen the burden, and you can organize yourself more coordinately.

You can break packing can into three,

The bottom Zone: This can hold bulky items as more space is there. It is also essential to put or add items that are not needed until you camp. Things like sleepwear, sleeping pad, camp shoes.

The core zone: this part holds items that are a tad bit less heavy than the bottom ones. This includes items like food stash, a cooking kit, stove.

The top zone: This can take on bulky items that are needed on the trail. Hold these essentials there to avoid dismantling the whole gear whenever you feel you need something. This consists of, rain jacket, toilet supplies, first-aid kit, tent.

Lash-on points: it can hold overly sized or long items. Like when packing sleeping gear, tent poles, camp stool or chair, climbing rope.

Accessory pocket: This can hold essentials you will need urgently, or often, like, a bottle of water, snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen, compass, headlamp, bug spray, car keys.

These guidelines have been simplified and made easy to understand. So when next you are on your trip, be sure to take all these instructions to heart and try not to make a mistake. If you can’t keep up with your list and packing gear, it is advisable to start packing a few days before the D-day. And if you are still confused about it all, get an expert to help you.

Martin Smith
Outdoor Expert at Bushcraft Explorer | Website | + posts

Martin Smith is not just your average outdoorsman; he is a dedicated explorer with a deep passion for survival and bushcraft. The natural world has always been his favorite playground, which led him to develop a profound understanding and love for bushcraft skills. His curiosity is insatiable, constantly driving him to uncover the secrets of the great outdoors and unravel the mystery behind survival in nature.

Martin is the creator and host of the popular YouTube channel, 'Bushcraft Explorer,' where he shares his experiences and teaches essential survival techniques. But he isn't just a content creator; Martin is a survival expert who has spent countless hours under the open sky, perfecting his bushcraft skills.

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But Martin doesn't just talk the talk; he walks the walk. He spends a considerable portion of his life outdoors, continuously expanding his knowledge base and skill set, all to feed his love for the wild and provide his followers with up-to-date, reliable, and practical survival tips. He is also an avid hiker and explorer, often traveling to remote locations to test his skills against nature’s challenges.

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