Jun 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm #3720245Benjamin SBPL Member
Companion forum thread to: Backpacking Organization
From home to the backcountry I like my gear to have a “place”. At home it’s a bin for cookware, a bin for sleeping pads, a bin for tents, a bin for mJul 11, 2021 at 10:39 am #3721654Doug CoeBPL Member
@sierradougLocale: Bay Area, CA, USA
I aim to do a similar approach without the use of HMG pods—stuff sacks or hydration bags instead.
So far the bugaboo I run into is having to stand my bear can up vertically. When I get (make) a pack that will hold it horizontally, I’ll be able to fully implement this stacking of major “pods” method. I can’t wait for that day!
Oh, also, I think I’ll put the camp clothes in the same bottom bag as my sleeping bag.Jul 18, 2021 at 12:16 pm #3722333Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Thank you for this article Ben. I totally agree.
My Osprey EXOS 58 is, by UL standards, “large enough” at 58 liters but I still use Mountain Laurel Designs side pockets. (MLD pouches W/ sewed on nylon webbing for attachment.
Left pocket contains water treatment tablets and Steripen, 1st Aid bag and spare batteries. Right pocket contains canister top stove & fire starters, fuel can or ESBIT stove and tablets and TP W/hand sanitizer.
Front Seek Outside “Wet rig” pouch attached to the lower webbing straps of my harness is for a bike bottle and zippered pouch for map, compass, snacks, mini headlamp, etc.
All this means about 4 extra ounces and true organization for quick access. Nice to be able to grab TP when you need it in a hurry – or the 1st aid bag.
Of course I have a left shoulder zippered pocket for my Olympus TG-4 camera. That is, again, for fast access , as when that [email protected] rattler crosses my trail.Jul 18, 2021 at 12:49 pm #3722334Mike MBPL Member
my “organization” is limited to keeping stuff dry in lightweight dry sacks
sleeping bag/quilt goes in one- liters depends on season, 8-15 liters- always at the bottom
clothing goes in another- liters depends on season 4-10 liters
emergency type gear (first aid, fire. repair, headlamp, etc) goes in a small one (1 liter)
shelter usually goes in an outside pocket (wet won’t hurt it) stove/pot/fuel goes in main bag, inflatable pad/pillow goes in main bag, food in a dcf sack goes in main bag
shoulder and hip pockets for water, inReach, tp/wipes (in waterproof ziplock), sunscreen, snacks, etc
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