Fitting More Gear in Your Backpack
It's often said that the best way to save weight is to focus on the big 3: your tent, backpack and sleep system (sleeping bag and sleeping pad). Getting a lighter weight backpack often means giving up some space in the pack but if you pack smarter you can get all of your necessities. As the video above shows, repackaging the tent offers up a huge opportunity to save some space.
- Take the tent, rain fly and poles out of the stuff sack.
- Roll the tent and rain fly into a tighter ball and stuff in back into the stuff sack. You'll see it already takes up a much smaller amount of space.
- Now strap the tent poles and stakes to the outside of the backpack using the compression straps.
You'll see that placing the straps on the outside of the pack and repackaging the tent will free up a bunch of space. This tip may seem really simple but if you've been placing your entire tent inside the backpack, this will open up a bunch of space for those other backpacking necessities. For more tips packing your backpack click here: How to Pack a Backpack.
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