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How to Pack Your Backpack Right

Outside editorial fellow Taylor Gee gives us the breakdown of how he packed his backpack for his thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail and, from bottom to top, where gear should go in your kit. Following these guidelines while backpacking will help make sure your load is balanced, which will help you hike longer and farther with less pain.

See the video by Taylor Gee on Outside Online's website here.

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May 8, 2022

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While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.

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The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan

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