To be honest, pack a backpack is one of the most important things for travel. I have no idea how I could have more space every time when I pack my backpack again with same things. Maybe, I was learning or my stuff was getting small. 🙂
Yes, I was learning… Funny thing was; I packed my bag well in the home and started my journey. I went to the first hostel and opened my backpack, took everything out because I stayed a week. When I was leaving I couldn’t fit all my stuff in again. J After a while later I always had extra space after pack.
Have small bottles: You need a shampoo right! Go to market and look the price; general, big bottles are cheaper than small. It is good to safe money a little but not good to put a big shampoo in the bag because of space. Put it in small bottles and put small pockets on the backpack. You can do this for almost all your crèmes.
Roll everything: Fold your clothes and than roll your clothes. After that look at them, which one has taken less space?
Don’t take so much heavy (kilograms) with you: Are you going to a long journey? Are you planning to hiking, trekking…etc many hours? Don’t carry so many kilograms! If you like you should check what do you need to carry in the backpack for long trip?
Be careful with balance: Sometimes we can forget this detail. Let’s try to explain: You are in a small canoe and everybody sit on the left side or you have two bottles, each is 5 liters and you carry two of them with one hand. Yep, it is same for the backpack. If you put all heavy things up you will feel that your backpack is heavier than normal. Or the left side is much more heavy then right side. A few days later, most likely you will have back problem.
Do you want to cook on the road? : It means you will have pots, plates, mug…etc. They always take more space in the backpack. Therefore, you should carry outside. Use hooks and lines for it, which I suppose you have already on your backpack.
Use rain cover anytime: Most of backpack has rain cover under the bag in a small zip. I was always using it. Because when I hanged on my pots, shoes etc. they were swing all the time. Or when I put them in the luggage of a bus easily they could stuck somewhere and I could lose it. The other reason was if everything is inside the rain cover I don’t need to check my back all the time to make sure nobody took anything.
Easy access can safe time and make you safe: I never like to open my backpack in a bus station, center, park etc. I didn’t want to show what I have. I know sometimes you have too but for what? I got so sweaty must change my t-shirt/socks. I need sun cream. I must use my power bank, when my battery is dead. For all these reason I must open my bag if I don’t put them easy access like small pockets of backpack.
Maybe, they are a small detail but it always helps on the road. 🙂