ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Weight Distribution in Successful Backpacking

Updated on October 13, 2018
ethel smith profile image

Eileen loves to travel as much as possible both at home in the U.K. and abroad with local places of interest high on her to visit list.

Get It Right

The length and position of any straps is important
The length and position of any straps is important

Personal Experience

We all live and learn - Fact.

Many years ago my husband and I packed our rucksacks for our first camping trip. It was to be a backpacking trip that included carrying our small three-person ridge tent, cooking utensils, clothes, and other essentials.

There was no car or easy options. We were traveling by foot, bus and train but could I carry my rucksack?

As he helped me lift my rucksack onto my back, and let go of it, I literally fell over backward onto the floor.

I could not get up for quite a while partly because of the weight, but mainly because we were laughing so much.

It took us time to rearrange our backpacks and eventually we set off on our camping vacation.

Make sure your camping adventure gets off to a great start by packing appropriately.

Adjust Your Backpack

Before you begin loading your backpack or rucksack adjust any straps and strapping.

Make sure that the pack will sit well on your back at a comfortable height.

Use Your Common Sense

So first things first, remember to be sensible and never pack more than you can possibly carry.

A weight that initially may feel fine, probably will not after you have been carrying it for some time.

If you have a rucksack with plenty of those little outer pockets try to spread the load into these also. If you even the load that you are carrying out it will make it seem a little lighter.

The weight will be more evenly distributed through your bones and joints as you move, and therefore be kinder on your hips, spine, knees, and feet in particular.

Test The Theory Out

Put a few heavy things in the middle of your backpack and see what it feels like when you are carrying it.

Now split these items up and distribute them evenly around the backpack.

I bet when you put it on again it will feel lighter and more comfortable for your body.

Good packing should really aid your level of comfort.

What Is Essential And What Is Not

If you are on a limited budget you may want to pack as much as possible rather than buy at your final destination. However, there are bound to be some inexpensive retailers within easy distance of your campsite.

If you want to take toiletries and sun creams with you decant them into smaller bottles and containers. Items such as shampoos need to be in the small travel sizes, not great big bottles which have a fair weight even when empty. I doubt you would even need huge bottles of shampoo and shower gel. Consider what you can use instead.

A good old-fashioned bar of soap may have various uses.

Always look at purchasing the lighter options of any goods that you may be packing. Items such as kettles can be bought in small lightweight travel versions.

Overall you need to be sensible and get savvy.

After all, it will be you who suffers the most if you make your self poorly or just cannot carry your backpack. Make sure that you have what you need but no unnecessary trimmings.

Try a trial run by packing and then attempting to carry your backpack around for a little while.

If you find that you are already struggling to carry the rucksack decide what you can leave behind.

Pack your bag well and you should have a great, pain free trip.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)