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EXPERT TIPS

CHOOSING YOUR GEAR

It's important to choose gear that is suited to your activity, climate, and intended use. Use our Buyer's Guides to help you find the right gear for your next adventure!

HOW TO GUIDES

Everything makes a bit more sense when it's explained to you, so grab some handy 'how to' tips for your next exploration.

CARE GUIDES

We've been making quality products for 40 years that built to stand the test of time. Learn how you can easily make these last like they're meant to! 

USEFUL KNOW HOW

There's a lot to know about outdoor gear, and even more to know about the outdoors. Check out our articles about random useful knowledge! 

GEAR LISTS

If you're heading off hiking, camping, travelling or more, we've got some gear lists to get you started so you can worry about less about what you've forgotten and more about all the things you're going to do!

PLACES YOU'D RATHER BE...

Destination guides for awesome places around the world. Written by Adventurers, for Adventurers covering adventure, hiking, climbing, travel and more!


How to Fill a Pack

When embarking on a hike or travel, never underestimate the importance of pack organisation. It can affect your centre of balance, comfort, back health if wearing for extended periods, and accessibility to items. Use this guide to ensure you're packing smart to get the most out of any adventure!

Firstly, make a checklist of all the items that you want to take with you (using the Gear Lists feature of the Mountain Designs App will help with this!). Collect those articles and spread them on the floor in front of you. Identify items that will require quick access afterwards (map, flashlight, water bottle, etc.), as they belong in easy to reach areas like external pockets. Then start packing by the following rule of thumb:

  1. Light items at the bottom
  2. Heavy items at the back
  3. Medium items (or bulky equipment) at the top and front

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Packing that way will put the heaviest items close to your centre of gravity (your back) and make it easy to keep your balance afterwards.

During packing:

  • Use smooth items to cushion cornered objects that might otherwise pinch against your spine
  • Partly filled stuff sacks can be squeezed into gaps (when differently coloured, they can help you find things and stay organised
  • Protect delicate items by packing them inside hard objects (pots, shoes) Don't pack food underneath containers that might spill (liquids, powders)
  • Pay attention to even weight distribution between the right and left sides
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