How to Tie Your Boots to Your Backpack for Easy Traveling 

 July 15, 2023

By  Keith Terrell

Do you dread the daily struggle of carrying all your belongings or, even worse, having to  constantly stop to readjust your bag if it happens to slip along the way? Then you've come to the right place! Today we're going to show you a time-honored technique for tying your boots to your backpack to travel in comfort. 

The best way to tie your boots to your backpack is to first thread the shoelaces through the opening at the top of the backpack and then tie the laces together with a secure knot. You may also consider using carabiners or straps for extra security.

Say goodbye to the days of awkwardly shuffling around at the bus stop, trying to rearrange your backpack and boots for the millionth time because now, you are hands-free and ready to go. So roll up your laces and let's get started!

Adjust the Backpack to Fit Your Boots

When you learn how to tie your boots to your backpack so that you can travel comfortably, the next step after gathering straps is to adjust the backpack so that it’s comfortable and fits your boots. It’s important that it fits just right: not too tight that it is uncomfortable to wear but also not too loose that there is a risk of your boots slipping off. It can also be helpful to adjust the straps so they fit your body shape better.

The argument about whether or not backpacks should fit tightly against the body goes both ways. Some believe that backpacks should fit close to the body, while others think they should have a little more wiggle room.

Those who prefer a snug fit usually argue that this keeps everything intact and prevents items from shifting too much when walking. Those who prefer a looser fit, on the other hand, argue that this allows more air circulation and doesn't chafe as much.

Once you've adjusted your backpack properly and found a spot that is comfortable and secure but doesn’t feel too tight, you can move on to the next step: checking the straps and adjusters.

Check the Straps and Adjusters

Once you have adjusted the straps of your backpack to fit your boots, you need to make sure they are securely fastened. Check that the straps and adjusters are properly tightened, as any looseness can cause your boots to slip off the back of your backpack while you are traveling.

Usually, tugging on the straps with moderate force will help to see if everything is properly secured or not. Double-check that all clips and buckles are tightly fastened for extra security.

Of course, there will always be people who prefer to do without additional safety measures and simply rely on the existing straps and adjusters being securely fastened. Others feel that additional security with a more reliable form of fastening such as paracord or nylon webbing will provide more security when carrying your boots around town or when traveling. The decision is yours, depending on your personal preferences and need for comfort.

Regardless of which option you choose, it is important to make sure that all the straps and adjusters used are tight before taking your loaded backpack on a major trip. This way, you can start your journey with the confidence that your footwear will be secure and ready for use when it is needed.

With these tips in mind, you’re now equipped with the knowledge you need to safely transport your boots wherever life takes you next. The next step is to secure them with either a paracord or a nylon webbing for even greater peace of mind on longer journeys.

Securing Your Boots with Paracord or Nylon Webbing

Now that you have fitted your bag and straps, it is time to secure your boots. Paracord or nylon webbing are strong and lightweight, making them easy to carry. Paracord has been used by mountaineers and backpackers for years and is usually strong enough to support the weight of an adult's boots. Nylon webbing, on the other hand, is a newer material but is popular for its flexibility and durability.

At first glance, paracord seems the obvious choice as it is a traditional material and performs relatively well in outdoor activities. However, when it comes to comfort and carrying weight, nylon webbing can sometimes be the better choice as it can be adjusted more easily and won't weigh down your bag as much as paracord does. The disadvantage of nylon webbing is that it may not be as strong as paracord, but with careful adjustment, your boots will still be securely attached to your bag.

When deciding whether to use paracord or nylon webbing, take the time to weigh up the respective advantages and disadvantages. This way, you can make an informed decision that best suits your individual needs and budget. Once you have decided on a material, you can move on to the next step: girth-hitching your boots to the bag.

Girth-hitching Boots to the Bag

Girth-hitching your boots to your bag is an option for travelers who prefer not to carry their boots. In this method, you use a piece of rope or webbing that you attach between the vertical shoulder straps of your backpack and one grommet or hole on the top of your boot.

To tie this knot, make an overhand loop followed by two figure-eight loops, then tuck the end of the rope under the last loop you made. Pull the rope tight so that your boots do not slip.

Girth-hitching allows your boots to hang securely from the bag and does not take up more space in your backpack. And unlike paracord or nylon webbing, you don’t have to worry about excess fabric flapping around as you travel.

However, if girth-hitching is done incorrectly, there’s a risk that the eyelet of your boot will tear out. If the knot comes loose during a long journey, you risk losing one of your shoes during transport.

If you are considering this route, we recommend that you check your knot again before you start your journey to make sure it will stay tight for long distances. You can also add extra support and stability by tying a few small knots between the bends when you attach the rope to your shoes.

With these safety precautions in mind, girth-hitching is definitely an option worth considering—especially if you prefer to be hands-free without worrying about carrying extra gear

Additional Safety Steps to Take

While girth-hitching your boots to the back of your bag with a strap is a great way to maximize space on your trip, there are some additional safety measures you should take to ensure that no items are lost on your journey. Check the knots and closures made after attaching the shoes.

Ensure that all portions of the bag, such as straps, buckles, and knots are securely fastened. If anything is missing or damaged, you should repair or replace it as soon as possible. Secondly, look out for any loose items along the attachment route. Make sure these items are securely fastened securely, or if necessary, removed altogether.

Also, always consider weight distribution when carrying large bags with attached items such as boots. Try to distribute the carrying handles or straps as evenly as possible when traveling longer distances. This way, you reduce the risk of losing your balance or getting tired because of the extra weight on one side. It is also important to be aware of traffic and other travelers so that your equipment does not come loose or get damaged unintentionally in case of unexpected contact.

Key Takeaway

When girth-hitching items such as boots to the back of a travel bag with a strap, it is important to take additional safety measures to prevent loss or damage. Check that all buckles, straps, and knots are securely and tightly fastened to the bag. Look out for loose items along the attachment path and adjust the load evenly when carrying large bags with items attached.

Be aware of traffic and other travelers so that equipment does not come loose or become unintentionally damaged. If you take extra precautions when fastening, you can be sure that you will travel safely and not accidentally lose your boots.

Tighten Knots to Ensure No Movement

Tightening knots is the most reliable way to ensure that your boots remain secure and immobile. The first knot you should tighten is the one that prevents the laces from slipping out of the loops at the top of your boot. Tightening it firmly before moving on to the back knot will keep your laces together and prevent them from getting caught on potential obstacles during your trip.

The second knot you should reinforce is the shoelace knot, which connects the two parts of your bag together and is often called the “figure-eight knot”. Because this type of knot is specifically designed to secure and stabilize gear, it can be tightened more than a regular “overhand knot” and will prevent it from moving or shifting while you’re out and about. When properly tightened, it also ensures that the items you’ve attached to it won’t come loose during your trip.

One debate revolves around the question of whether knots should be tightened further after they have first been secured. Some say this can lead to unnecessary tension, wear and tear, or even the risk of breakage. Those who believe in occasional retightening are of the opinion that tightening knots occasionally will protect the goods until they reach their destination without affecting the durability of the equipment.

Those who don't support routine tightening point out that while additional reinforcement may provide temporary security, excessive tightening has the potential to weaken already reliable knots or cause abrasions or other damage from excessive stress.

The best argument for tighter knots is to consider how much weight and size items like shoes can add to a backpack once they are tied tightly. It is therefore sensible for travelers to double-check every few days (especially on longer trips) that all knots are still tight enough so that their load doesn't become potentially bulky or unmanageably wobbly during transport.

A good example of this is when someone hikes long distances with a fully-loaded camping backpack; it is advisable to regularly check that the luggage rack's tie-down straps are tight as these are crucial for safety and comfort during long hikes. This general rule applies regardless of whether the straps are used on backpacks with external frames or none at all.

Tightening the knots every few days can improve any traveler's experience by ensuring a snug fit and reliable performance on various trails or terrain. Accidental disconnections can be avoided if the knots are continuously checked during the journey. This way, you don't have to go to the trouble (and expense) of finding another way to fasten shoes or other luggage if something unexpectedly comes loose during the trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there certain knots or straps that are best for tying boots to a backpack?

Yes, there are certain knots and straps that are best for tying boots to a backpack. Using the right knot will ensure that your boots stay securely attached. A bulky knot like the figure-eight knot is often recommended because it is strong and holds its shape well. You can also use the loop-and-twist rope technique, where you wrap a long piece of rope or shoelace around the boot and backpack in an S shape.

This method provides extra security as the ends are threaded tightly through the loop, creating a secure connection.For added protection, you can use a locking carabiner clip or ratchet strap to ensure that your boots won’t slip off during the trip.

What are the methods of tying boots to a backpack?

  1. The paracord method: This method uses a paracord to attach the boots to the backpack by looping it through the eyelets and forming a series of knots or loops. This method is often considered one of the safest ways to attach your boots to your backpack and is probably best for heavier loads.
  2. The shoelace method: In this method, you tie the laces of the boots together and then attach them to the backpack with carabiner clips or webbing straps. This is usually a less secure option than the paracord method but can still be effective for lighter loads.
  3. The bungee cord method: Another popular option is to use bungee cords to wrap around the boots and securely attach them to your backpack. While this option is not quite as reliable as other methods, it’s quick, easy, and inexpensive— it looks quite stylish!

Whichever option you choose, always use high-quality materials and pay extra attention to securing your knots and loops before you set off.

What should I consider when choosing a method for tying boots to my backpack?

When choosing a method for tying your boots to your backpack, you should consider the size and weight of your boots, the type of material both the boots and the backpack are made of, and the security you need to attach them. For example, if your feet get hot and sweaty in your boots, a ventilated shoe bag or mesh version may be more comfortable when attached directly to the backpack.

The method you choose should be able to withstand the wear and tear of durable materials like leather or heavy canvas. Also make sure that the tying method offers  a secure fit that will not loosen when walking or running; an adjustable buckle can help keep the boots securely attached.

About the author

Keith is a one bag traveler and the owner of Backpacks Global. His go to backpack is the Osprey FarPoint 40.

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