If you are going hiking or camping for a few days, you will likely be carrying a backpack that is heavy. And if it is a forest or a mountain you have chosen for your camping trip, chances are that you will be sleeping in nature and carrying all the essentials with you. For more serious hikers, this would include a tent and a sleeping bag and cooking essentials.
Since you will be on the move most of the time (until you decide to camp down), you would surely need to know how to organize and pack a hiking backpack correctly. You will be carrying most of your essentials with you to avoid hiking back to your original campsite. The need to set up your camp close to your camp requires a tent.
This is an often-asked question — “how to pack a tent in a backpack?” Do you pack it inside your backpack, or do you attach it to your backpack? Different backpackers have different views about it, and there are ways to do both. But, it is not as easy as it sounds. If you have packed it all wrong, you may feel discomfort while hiking, and it may damage your tent or backpack. So in this article, we will explore a few ways on how to pack a tent in a backpack.
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We cannot stress enough on packing up your backpack properly, because that will affect how comfortable you are during your hike. If a backpack is packed properly, you can carry it on for hours without feeling fatigued, because of proper weight distribution. On the other hand, a badly packed backpack can lead to back pains, resulting in you taking frequent breaks, and affecting your overall hiking experience.
For this, you will have to choose a hiking backpack that suits your needs. Our guide will teach you how to do this, so go ahead and get informed if you are new to the world of backpacking.
If you don’t already have a backpack and are going to choose one for your hiking trips, we recommend that you look for one that has an internal frame.
We recommend an internal frame for this purpose because of its many benefits such as keeping your bag upright and your stuff securely in place, without the discomfort of a wobble or sway. Besides, backpacks with an internal frame have more space, giving to the freedom to put in more stuff (though we do not recommend over-stuffing your backpack), or to pack in your gear more easily.
In case you already have a backpack and have bought the tent as an afterthought, you might be worried that the tent might be too big for the backpack. But have no fear, an easy solution for that is to get compression bags that pack the tent tightly making them smaller and easier to pack.
Once you have your backpack and tent in place, let us first explore how to pack a tent in a backpack.
Before packing in your tent in your backpack, lay it flat first and see if it is not damp. If it is, then you will need for it to dry completely. If a tent is too wet, it will not only add unnecessary weight to the backpack but also make other stuff around it damp. It may also cause mildew and mold.
And this is how to pack a tent in a backpack. Now that you have learned how to do this, we will move on to learn how to attach the tent to a backpack.
You have possibly seen hikers and travelers walking around with bulky-looking backpacks. These are mostly tents or sleeping bags that they are lugging around, with backpacks that have external frames. This is not to say that you cannot attach tents to a backpack with an internal frame, but the ones with external frames are specifically designed to carry these items on the outside.
In this article, you learned how to pack a tent in a backpack, by carrying it externally or internally. Before you start your trip, practice packing the tent at home so that you will be aware of the shortcomings and advantages of doing both, depending on the backpack you are using. Carrying this cumbersome gear on your person may seem unnecessary at times, but it is one of the most essential items that you can bring on a hiking trip.