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How to Pack a Backpack for Your Urban Travel Adventure

How to Pack a Large Backpack for Your Urban Travel Adventure

Once upon a time, packing for travel entailed sitting on your luggage and pressing down until the thing finally snapped shut.

Today, of course, backpacking is the latest travel trend. And unless you want to spend most of your urban adventure hunched over like a turtle, it usually entails travelling light.

One major part of that is knowing how to pack a backpack, which can be deceptively tricky! Here are a few tips to help you pack smart for your next outing.

What Kind of Backpack to Use

Choose with care, as bigger isn’t always better. When you bring the biggest rucksack along, you tend to want to fill it with more unnecessary items, which can really weigh you down.

If you’ll be on a quick flight to a new city, you’ll want to check your carry-on luggage size and weight allowance in advance. Think of it as an opportunity to bring only what you need!

Opt for a backpack designed for travel, and don’t forget to pick one that’s waterproof in case of wet weather. Sturdy straps and durable material are also musts.

What to Pack in Hand Luggage

Whether you’ll be on the road or on a plane, it’s important to pack only what you need for the journey when packing a backpack. Check out this list for ideas, and bring what you need. A good idea is to arrange what you think you need, then half it!

  • Clothing (See below)
  • Wallet
  • Travel documents: hotel and flight information, passport
  • Toiletries: conditioner, shampoo, makeup, deodorant, lotion
  • Prescription medication
  • Electronic devices: e-reader, computer, phone, camera
  • Chargers
  • Headphones
  • Water bottle
  • Notebook and pen: we recommend these for quick info and references
  • First aid kit

As always, know what you cannot bring in your hand luggage at the airport.

How to Pack Clothes in a Backpack

When it comes to clothing, less is more, so pack just enough to get you through it. For light travel, try following the 1-6 rule: 1 hat, 2 pairs of shoes, 3 pairs of pants, 4 shirts, 5 pairs of socks, and 6 pairs of underwear.

As for fitting it all in, you’ll have to pick what works for you. Some travellers swear by rolling clothes instead of folding, and others say organizing with packing cubes is the way to go. We recommend air compression bags if you need to fit more, though you may need to play a little Tetris to get all of it inside your bag!

How to Pack a Backpack for Easier Travel

One last tip: to save your back, keep your centre of gravity low by placing heavy gear closer to your spine. The right and left sides should have an even distribution of weight. For accessibility, make sure you keep the items you’ll need most—travel documents, a water bottle, etc.—within easy reach.

Get Ready for Your Trip

Now that you know how to pack a backpack for travel, you’re ready to take on the world, one urban adventure at a time. Narrowing down the items on your packing list can help packing go a little more smoothly, but it all depends on your preferences. The right backpack can make or break your journey, so check out our products if you need a sturdy option!