A sturdy pack, either external or internal frame, is essential for backpacking at Philmont. All of your personal gear, plus your share of food and crew equipment, should fit inside your pack.
A padded hip belt is essential for your pack. It allows you to transfer the weight from your shoulders and put it on your hips-which can support more weight than your shoulders.
To keep your pack dry at night and while hiking in the rain, a waterproof nylon cover is recommended.
All items in your pack should be neatly organized and packed in plastic bags.
Additional bags may be used to carry small packages of food or to organize miscellaneous items.
Your map, compass, sunscreen, rain gear, camera, and first aid kit should be readily accessible. Roll your clothing tightly and pack it snuggly inside a plastic bag. Do not pack aerosol cans or glass jars because they are bulky and prone to break or erupt.
Check your pack weight. Twenty to 25 pounds without food is preferred; 30 pounds is generally okay. Comfortable pack weights vary considerably with physical condition, age, and experience. Training will help you find out what weight is best for you. A fully loaded backpack should never exceed 25-30% of your body weight.
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