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What to Put in Your Pack

Categories: Iv What To Wear On The Trail

Open out your pack-cloth flat on the floor, and place your folded

mattress-bag in the centre.

Fill the pillow-bag with your first-aid case and case of toilet

articles, and if there is space for other things pack them in. Lay the

pillow-bag on top of the mattress-bag, place clothing by the side and on

top of the pillow-bag, being careful to keep the contents of your pack

rectangular in shape and of size to
fit well over your back.

If not adding too much to the weight, include many things from your

personal-belonging list; of these articles you can carry some in the

pockets of your camp suit. Everything being in the pack, fold over the

sides and ends, making a neat, compact bundle; tie it securely with a

piece of soft rope and across its top place the blankets with poncho

inside, which you have previously made into a roll to fit. Bind pack and

blankets together, attach the pack shoulder-strap and swing the pack on

your back.

Pack straps or harness can be obtained at any camp-outfitter's.

A different style of pack may be a bag with square corners, all seams

strongly stitched, then bound with strong tape. Cut two pieces of the

water-proof cloth, one about sixteen inches wide, and the other eighteen

inches; this last is for the front and allows more space. Let each piece

be twenty-one inches long or longer, unite them with a strip of the

cloth six inches wide and sufficiently long to allow of flaps extending

free at the top to fold over from both sides across the opening; you

will then have a box-like bag. Make one large flap of width to fit the

top of the back, and length to cross over on front, covering the smaller

flaps and fastening down on the outside of the front of the pack. All

three flaps may have pockets to hold small articles.

The shoulder-straps may be either of strong government webbing which

comes for the purpose, tube lamp-wick, or leather.

With this pack the blanket and poncho could be made into a thin roll and

fitted around the edges of the pack, or made into a short roll and

attached to top of pack.

When feasible it is a good plan to pack your smaller belongings in

wall-pockets with divisions protected by flaps securely fastened over

the open ends, the wall-pockets rolled, tied, and carried in the camp

pack. These pockets are useful at camp; they help to keep your things

where you can find them. Next best is to use small separate labelled

bags for different variety of duffel, and pack them in one or two duffel

tube-shaped bags, which may be bound together, constituting one pack.

From eighteen to twenty-four pounds is average weight for a girl to

carry; it all depends upon strength and endurance; some girls can carry

even heavier packs, while others must have lighter ones. Beware about

loading yourself down too heavily. Packs grow heavier and heavier, never

lighter on the trail.