Prepare a Backpack for Hiking

After the shoes, the backpack is an essential accessory for walkers. Select, store, weigh: its thorough preparation allows to hike safely without sacrificing comfort. Here are our tips to fit you (clothing, first aid kit, boots, poles, etc.) while preventing your bag becomes a burden of anxiety.

For the hike remains a pleasure, it is important to monitor the weight of his bag. In preparing his bag, it is advisable to classify his material in three categories: essential (safety, orientation, warm clothing, shelter), comfort (of clothes) and redundant (what is for cookie fun, like a book or chocolate).

1. Clothes

Adopt the three layers

When walking, it is advisable to adopt a strategy in three layers. First, breathable T-shirt and a fleece and a waterproof windproof and breathable (ban raincoat that keeps moisture). Cotton is avoided as it keeps moisture from perspiration. The merino garments have the advantage of being anti-odor and provide better temperature control than synthetic. However, they are slower to dry, more expensive and more fragile than synthetic. Manufacturers therefore now offer hybrid products, 80% merino and 20% synthetic. Whatever the duration of the tour, a few hours or several days, a waterproof windbreaker should be present in the bag.
The weather is unpredictable!

2. Sticks

Learn how to use it

Walking sticks can relieve the back of some of the weight of the bag and are therefore all the more necessary that the bag is heavy. Must still use them well: if in doubt, ask a salesperson. They should not be used as a walker, but keep the balance of the body. Prefer telescopic poles, which can be placed in difficult passages and not hinder you.

3. The Backpack

Choose a size adapted to the course

Too big bag is an incentive to complete the unnecessary and too small bag will not necessarily contain essential. The volume of the backpack must fit hiking according to hyperrestaurant: a good idea is to make his choice after having met all of its equipment and have measured its volume with a garbage bag. If the volume required depends on several criteria (weather, type of accommodation, you want versatility …), an estimated one bag of 10 to 35 liters is enough for a day of walking. For a traveling tour, 35 (2 or 3 days with nights in hostels) in the 65 (7 days in complete autonomy) are recommended.

Bag weight: Beware of excess!

The weight of the bag of a walker must be less than 20% of its own weight. A hiker 65kg therefore carry no more than 13 kg, another 80kg avoid having more than 16 kg on the back. The recommended maximum weight is too often overwhelmed by itinerant backpackers. But beyond the discomfort it causes, a heavy bag increases the risk of accident (fall, sprain …), use cartilage and can cause tendonitis or vertebrae subsidence. In children, the bag should have a more symbolic and does not exceed 10% of its weight. The center of gravity should not be neglected and heavy equipment will be placed near the back, bag medium.

4. L’Indispensable

Face any incident

Hikers call it the “bag bottom” since it does not leave. This is equipment that allows to deal with an incident. The first aid kit is the first element. It contains your medications , what to do with the contention, bandages, and what disinfect small equipment (scissors, corkscrew ticks, etc.). Added to a whistle (for signaling with assistance without shout loudly), a survival blanket, a hat, a lighter, sunglasses, etc. The guidance material is also essential: maps or compass and guidebook.Remember to learn to use it! It is only after this “indispensable” to the bottom of the bag you can think about gadgets: camera , binoculars , etc.

5. Shoes And Socks

Choose them carefully

First accessory for walkers, the shoes are to be chosen with great care: they must be adapted to the foot and the type of excursion which one engages. Side socks, synthetic holds better to the foot and wicks moisture better than wool. Attention unforeseen socks for hiking can promote the appearance of friction or blisters. Tip: have various pairs because if your foot is a victim of a friction with a particular model, the problem may be repeated with an identical pair.

Water And Food

Never miss

Water bottle, pocket water or plain plastic bottle: hiking, it is essential to hydrate regularly, with 1.5 to 3 liters of water per day. If you are afraid of missing something to drink, water decontamination tablets allow you to refuel safely. Even for a short output, better provide some food in case of sudden fatigue or problems requiring immobilization.