Close-up of Bottle Holder, Ull Backpack and Algir Accessory Bag

Packing Guide

Packing Guide

Get the most out of your backpack by learning how to pack in an optimal way.

Get the most out of your backpack by learning how to pack in an optimal way.

How to pack your backpack

How to pack your backpack

A Klättermusen backpack is so much more than just a backpack. It’s an extension of yourself that carries everything you need for an outdoor expedition. Designed with an activity and duration in mind, our backpacks come with an unparalleled attention to detail that is crafted from over 45 years of experience.

When you’ve found the right backpack, learn how to pack for ultimate comfort, use of storage and easy access to essentials.

The general idea of packing

Your packing list will differ depending on activity and duration, but there are general guidelines for how to pack your backpack.

Graphic of bottom and back of the backpack

1. Inside: Bottom

In the bottom you place bulkier items you don’t need immediate access to. This includes items you won’t need before making camp, or when stopping for lunch on shorter trips. Items such as a sleeping bag, sleeping pad and an extra set of clothes go here.

2. Inside: Center Back

Heavier items should be placed towards the back panel of your backpack. This is to keep the weight close to your body’s center of gravity. The backpack will then sit stable on your back and offer greater comfort. Items such as a stove, fuel, cooking items and tent parts go here.

Graphic of center and top of the backpack

3. Inside: Center Front

In the center front you place items that are softer and lighter. These items can also be used to wrap around the heavier and harder items. In this part you can include an extra layer of protective gear and towards the sides you can place your water bottle and thermos.

4. Inside: Top

The top of the backpack is where you pack the items you need access to during the activity. This can include items such as rain protection or your lunch. Items you need access to, but not immediately.

Graphic of outside pockets and attachments of the backpack

5. Outside: Pockets

The outside pockets are for items you need immediate access to during an activity, even when the backpack is on your back. This includes items such as first aid kit, snacks, map, bug spray and a headlamp.

6. Outside: Webbing / Attachments

Outside the backpack, items such as sit pad, climbing rope and tent can be placed. Our backpacks have loop and hole webbing on the outside where attachments can be added for additional storage. Some styles also feature cords to hold larger soft items. The Bottle Holder 2.0 and Communicator Pocket 2.0 are great add-ons for easy access.

Packing of Ull Backpack with skiing equipment

Packing Lists

Packing Lists

What should you bring for different activities? Here are some examples of packing lists.

What should you bring for different activities? Here are some examples of packing lists.

Single Day Hike

  1. Waterproof protective layer
  2. Stove
  3. Fuel for stove
  4. Cooking items
  5. First aid kit
  6. Recycling bag
  7. Thermos
  1. Snacks (mesh pocket)
  2. Map (mesh pocket)
  3. Water bottle (Water Bottle Holder 2.0 or mesh pocket)
  4. Compass (hip belt)
  5. Walking poles (strap)
  6. Bug spray (hip belt pocket)
  7. Sunscreen (hip belt pocket)
  8. Personal items (hip belt)
  9. Sit pad (cords)
  1. Communicator Pocket 2.0
  2. Hip Belt Pocket
  3. Water Bottle Holder 2.0

Multiple Days Hike

  1. Insulated jacket
  2. Waterproof outer layer
  3. Food
  4. Utilities
  5. Cover
  6. Extra clothes (Waterproof stuff bag)
  7. Stove + fuel
  8. Tent items
  9. Sleeping bag
  10. Sleeping pad
  11. Camp shoes
  12. Extra water bottle
  13. Thermos
  14. Tent (under lid)
  15. Rain Cover
  1. Sunscreen (hip belt)
  2. Phone (Communicator Pocket 2.0)
  3. Compass (hip belt)
  4. Map (mesh pocket)
  5. Headlamp (hip belt)
  6. Bug spray (hip belt)
  7. Sunglasses (Hip Belt Pocket)
  8. Wet clothes (cords)
  9. Snacks (hip belt)
  10. Water bottle (Bottle Holder 2.0 or side pocket)
  11. toilet supplies (Hip Belt Pocket)
  12. personal items (Algir Accessory Bag)
  13. First aid kit (Hip Belt Pocket)
  14. Sit pad (cords)
  15. Walking poles (straps)
  1. Algir Accessory Bag
  2. Communicator Pocket 2.0
  3. Recycling Bag 2.0
  4. Bottle Holder 2.0

Single Day Climbing

  1. Protective outer layer
  2. Water bottle
  3. Thermos
  4. Lunch
  5. First aid kit
  6. Personal items
  1. Climbing rope (top strap)
  2. Helmet (Helmet Holder 2.0)
  3. Climbing gear (loop webbing)

Single Day Skiing

  1. Water bottle (or in Bottle Holder 2.0)
  2. Thermos
  3. Insulated jacket
  4. Insulated shorts
  5. Lunch
  6. Jacket
  7. Headlamp
  8. Wind sack
  9. Cramp-ons
  10. First aid kit
  11. Recycling Bag 2.0
  12. Skins
  13. Personal items
  1. Avalanche tools (Avy tools pocket)
  2. Goggles (googles pocket)
  3. Snacks (hip belt)
  4. Phone (Communicator Pocket 2.0)
  5. Map (hip belt)
  6. Compass (hip belt)
  7. Ice axe (webbing)
  8. Skis (straps)
  1. Ski Holders
  2. Helmet Holder
  3. Communicator Pocket 2.0
  4. Bottle Holder 2.0