How to pack and organize a hunting backpack

Video on ways to utilize all the space in your backpack

Brady Miller

Packing a backpack doesn't have to be complicated, but there are some techniques that will utilize all of the space and make things more comfortable. In the video above I walk through my process when loading gear items into my backpack for an extended stay hunt.

A Quick Summary of My Packing Method:

  • Remove all air pockets by filling gaps with small items

    • This will allow your pack volume to fill up slower

  • Light items at the bottom (sleeping bag, clothes, etc)

  • Medium-weight items above the lighter gear (gear, food, etc)

  • Heavy items at the upper portion of the backpack and along your back

  • Keep essential items in storage pockets (headlamp, glassing accessories, first aid kit, etc.)

I highly recommend that you practice how to pack your backpack before you go on a hunt. This will help you to become very familiar with where your items are so you don't struggle to find something in a pinch. There's nothing worse than setting up to glass and having to dump your entire pack out because you placed an important gear item at the bottom.

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Over time, packing items into your backpack will become second nature.

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