The Ultimate Packing a Backpack Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Knowing how to pack your backpack is the key to a successful camping trip. Take this quiz to learn more about the optimal way to pack your backpack.

How do you know your backpack fits you perfectly?

The backpack fits your torso correctly and hugs your hips in the right spot.

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What body measurement is most important in choosing a backpack?

The length of your torso is more important than your height when choosing a backpack.

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What type of backpack allows you easier access to your things?

A panel-loading backpack allows you easier access by zipping open at the top and down each side. In a top-loading pack, you may have to unload half your pack to reach what you need.

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Which type of backpack frame is more popular?

The internal-framed backpack is more popular, because it holds the backpack close to your body, making it easier to balance. This is a big plus on longer hikes, when you can easily carry 80 percent of the pack's weight on your hips.

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Which type of backpack frame is more affordable?

The external-framed backpack costs less than the internal-framed backpack.

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Which type of backpack frame is cooler on hot days?

The external-framed backpack is cooler, because it holds the pack away from your body, thus providing some air insulation between the bag and your back.

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What type of straps does an ideal backpack have?

An ideal backpack has padded straps. They go over your shoulders, across the chest and around the hips.

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Which among these is a useful way to test the strength of a backpack?

Weighted bags are a useful way to test the strength of a backpack. These bags usually contain lead or other dense packing, and are carried around to give you some idea about the backpack's strength. If the pack doesn't sag much, it's probably strong.

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When hiking across moderate terrain, which is the best place in a backpack to put the heavier items?

On moderate terrain, pack the lighter items in the bottom of the pack and heavier items toward the top. A heavier top keeps your center of gravity relatively high, which makes the weight easier to manage.

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When hiking rough terrain, which is the best place in a backpack to put the heavier items?

Put the heavier items in the bottom of your backpack. A heavier bottom lowers your center of gravity, which will improve your balance.

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Where in the backpack should you put emergency items, such as flashlights, first aid kit and so on?

Put the emergency items (flashlight, map, whistle, first-aid kit, bear spray) in the outside pockets, because you'll need such things in crunch times, when time is of the essence.

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Where in the backpack should you pack the sleeping bag?

If your backpack does not have a separate compartment for a sleeping bag, pack the sleeping bag in the bottom of the pack. This is because you won't need it till after you make camp.

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Where in the backpack should you pack your changes of clothes?

Pack your changes of clothes toward the bottom of your backpack. Like your sleeping bag, you won't need them until you stop to sleep.

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Where in the backpack should you never pack rain protection items like hats or gloves?

Never put the rain gear, gloves or hats in the bottom of the backpack. Put them in the top of your backpack or in an outside pocket, where you can reach them quickly and easily.

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What is the ideal way to control the amount of food you carry while camping?

Plan your meals before your trip. This way you make sure you pack enough food.

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How do you know how much fuel to pack?

To get an idea of how much fuel to pack, you should practice using your stove before your backpacking trip. This way you'll know how much fuel it consumes in an hour, how much time it takes to cook a meal, and so on.

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What do you call those brightly colored sacks used to pack different camping items inside a backpack?

They are called stuff packs. These are inexpensive, brightly colored, and waterproof. Backpackers use them to pack different items inside the backpack, so they know which pack contains what.

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What is the minimum safe distance between the eating place and camping place in bear country?

The minimum safe distance is 200 yards. The smell of food will usually attract whatever grizzly bear is in the neighborhood.

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What kind of bag is used to reduce the bulk of your sleeping bag?

A compression bag is used to reduce the bulk of your sleeping bag, freeing up room in your backpack.

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What type of clothing material is ideal for use while backpacking?

Microfiber-blend clothing is ideal, because it dries quickly. This allows you to rinse it out and have it dry by the next morning.

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