How to Pack a Backpack || REI

A well balanced and well packed backpack can feel a lot lighter than one that’s packed poorly. In this video, Miranda walks you through her guide to a perfectly packed pack. If you want to see what Miranda brings on her backpacking trips, check out our backpacking checklist video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HugY6T3Dvho

And click here to read our article on packing and hoisting your pack: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/loading-backpack.html

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50 Comments

  1. tdg223 on March 9, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Which tent do you have?

  2. Samsad Amatullah on March 9, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    I m confused… Why these few stuffs covered 60L?

  3. AndriarSmith on March 9, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Miranda is awesome.

  4. Rick Timmons on March 9, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    do wish you had discussed the items you put in.

  5. Auggie on March 9, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    I really enjoyed how fast you pack, speedy

  6. Micah Grady on March 9, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks, this was very helpful! I recommend shopping at REI. The price may be high, but the guys are so helpful that it is totally worth it!

  7. world citizen G on March 9, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    I understand this system, but wouldn’t it so troublesome to unpack, repack everyday?

  8. George A Alarid. on March 9, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Food?

  9. Dhruv Shah on March 9, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    What size is the backpack?

  10. M Buchanan on March 9, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    nice video but it would be nicer if you had told what everything was as you put it in the pack. I don’t know what most of that stuff was. If the 2nd item you stuffed into your pack was the sleeping pad, it’s about half the volume of mine. What is it and is it any good?

  11. Rocha Steven on March 9, 2021 at 11:31 pm

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  12. Awesome and Amazing on March 9, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    I love backpacking, thanks for the video

  13. Vandal Paulius on March 9, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    This is the video I show to all people if they ask about packing. Probably the best one out there

  14. Eitan Salama on March 9, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    every time she sais pack…

  15. chaosjacky on March 9, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Do you have a video for ultralight backpacks? This bag is huge and definitely not recommended for many people

  16. RJ Robot on March 9, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    I’m new at this and cannot find out the proper way to insert a water bladder. It’s maddening. I don’t want to guess this. Spent the last half hour trying to find something. Lots of how to fill and how to open.

  17. 808 on March 9, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    What about food? and What type?

  18. Aesthetic Nerd on March 9, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    if you carry a bear spray canister put it on your hip or shoulder strap. bears wont wait for you to pull it out.

  19. BK Bland on March 9, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    I don’t think it’s about heavy or light but rather just good balance. The terms one uses can be somewhat important.

  20. Steven Torrey on March 9, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    What size is your backpack? Would have been nice to know from the get-go. At 5:27 — a 60L bag. It also seems better not to have separate bags for things like clothes, toiletries, etc; fitting those things in as individual items, makes it easier to pack a backpack.

  21. justalurkr on March 9, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Miranda before she went into the wild 😀

  22. Elite Rain27 on March 9, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    can you help on how to put my 17 rifle on the side

  23. Ben Evolution on March 9, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Totally missed the #1 rule of packing. Always try to put the heaviest things in the bag closest to your body, and the lightest things farthest away. Because of leverage, the farther away you put heavier things, the more it will strain your muscles and hurt your back.

  24. Salad King on March 9, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    I’m honestly not afraid of bears (black bear country) but it will be huge inconvenience if a bear gets my food

  25. N K on March 9, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    @REI I am dying of curiosity for some reason what did you whisper to that spork?

  26. c3ru1ean on March 9, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    it’s weird…. i was raised backpacking and it never occurred to me that some people wouldn’t know how to pack their pack. Interesting.

  27. gDraxxus on March 9, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    3:07….. listen and watch the knee…..or was it the camera guy…..??!?!?!?

  28. Jerry Lance on March 9, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    seen the vid before good one👍

  29. Night Fighter on March 9, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    My sleeping bag is too thicc

  30. Fordman on March 9, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    What bear canister is that?

  31. Andre Anibal on March 9, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Ok yeah thats cool and all but i had a question that hasn’t been answered since i started saying it sooooo what do you do when your done with a trail do you walk back?

  32. Noneof Urbusiness on March 9, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    didnt see real essentials like a knife, axe, compass, map or firestarter or flashlight

  33. Jay Moore on March 9, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    “My Spork!” 😂

  34. Amélie on March 9, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Bag Amber 60 from Gregory : 60L

  35. Richard Kash on March 9, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Don’t forget something to make a fire, flashlights, knife..

  36. Bigote Mountaineers on March 9, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    very useful content.. a sure inspiration for a newbie creator like me.. thank you..

  37. Alpha Bears on March 10, 2021 at 12:00 am

    I’ve noticed that she just put everything in her bag with no bag liner or any waterproof bags. In my experience, no bags are waterproof. They might be water resistant but not water proof. Also, if she puts her wet tent and clothes inside her bag, everything else will get wet and moist. Also, where is your compass, map, repair and fire starting kit?

  38. The Thing That Should Not Be on March 10, 2021 at 12:02 am

    A lot of people don’t mention the size of the pack they are using for the demo.

  39. Ozzy Grunt on March 10, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Where did you put your food? I’m guessing that was all in the bear canister. We don’t have to worry about bear canisters here in Australia, but we do pack a lot of compression bandages, EPERBS and GPS on the outside of the back and in reach, just in case we do get bitten, lost and of course for navigation. I personally carry a compass and map of the area I’m going in to, as well as some sough of device so I can check the local weather etc. cheers

  40. Gerald Watkins on March 10, 2021 at 12:03 am

    So…how much does that load out weigh? Only one trail snack? Sheesh, I’m doing it wrong…

  41. Elodie Lavigne on March 10, 2021 at 12:04 am

    I wish he washes dishes before he gets a cold

  42. Pipe Bomb Media on March 10, 2021 at 12:05 am

    My sleeping bag is 5lbs tho

  43. Liliana Lolasana on March 10, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Very helpful thanks!

  44. JJ on March 10, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Great video, but you should always wear your bear spray on your belt. If you have to crane your arm around to scramble for it, it could already be too late. I assume the instructor in this video knew this, but did not mention it.

  45. Jonah Schwartz on March 10, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Which Gregory pack is that? Looks great!

  46. Cheese on Everything on March 10, 2021 at 12:13 am

    anyone know what kinda pack would be good for a 3-5 day portage?

  47. Gareth Mathias on March 10, 2021 at 12:14 am

    So when the weather closes in, everything you have is going to get piss wrapped because nothing was individually waterproofed!

  48. anna martin on March 10, 2021 at 12:14 am

    the bear canister just disappeared bahaha

  49. Cody on March 10, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Why does my sleeping bag take up my entire 60L pack?

  50. Robby Hunter on March 10, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Listen closely at 3:09.

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