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  1. Where do I use a day pack?
  2. Where do I bring a weekend pack?
  3. Where do I bring a multi-day pack?
  4. Where do I bring an extended trip backpack?
  5. Where do I bring an internal frame backpack?
  6. Where do I bring an external frame backpack?
  7. Where do I buy outdoor backpacks?
  8. Where can I find eco-friendly backpacks?
  9. Where can I find zipper locks?
  10. Where is the best place to store my backpack?
  11. Where can I hide things in my backpack?
  12. Where do I keep my backpack when camping?
  13. Where are the best places to go backpacking?
  14. Where do I store my food in my backpack?
  15. Where is the best place to keep a gun when in bear country?
  16. Where is the best place to learn about and purchase a backpack that will suit my needs?

Where do I bring a day pack?

The day pack should be large enough to fit a water container, light jacket and snacks for the day as well a small medical kit and/or medical kit. Generally 25 liters should do the job. There are abundant trails perfect for the day hiker in almost any region, finding these can be as simple as a phone call to your local ranger station.

A day pack can be used as a student and commuter’s backpack or on a day hike and an overnight camping trip. If you’re very minimalist, a day pack could work for a weekend pack.

Where do I bring a weekend pack?

Any hike or camping trip that lasts 2-3 days. Many trails can be combined or linked together forming a great overnight backpacking trip. Make sure you consult your local Ranger station for permit requirements and local restrictions.

Where do I bring a multi-day pack?

A hike, camping trip, or other activities like backpacking for about a week. Many trails are open throughout the year and offer a multitude of lengths. Long distance hiking has become a popular trend. Trails such as the John Muir at 220 miles and the superior trail at 260 miles are great opportunities for multi day hikes. If these are a bit aspiration, then perhaps combining several of your favorite local trails together maybe a great way to start.

Where do I bring an extended trip backpack?

Extended trip backpacks are what you want for backpacking across Europe or something. It’s a big bag that has enough room for clothes, sleeping bag and tent, a first-aid kit, and more. Any outdoor activity that takes longer than a week will require an extended trip backpack.

If your dream vacation is to hike out into the wild for an extended trip. You will have no shortage in of locations within the bureau of land management (BLM) area. BLM land is often what has not been claimed by any other group ie. National or state park/forest. They offer a relatively restriction free place for your isolation resort. A word of caution as these areas have little to no government oversight they also offer little to services (emergency or otherwise) so planning ahead and land management are critical.

Where do I bring an internal frame backpack?

Any activity that involves rough terrain. Hikes in a jungle, rock climbing, skiing, etc.

Where do I bring an external frame backpack?

Long hikes over even terrain, because it allows you to walk upright with proper posture.

Where do I buy outdoor backpacks?

Consumer markets have evolved over the last few years, one can find anything from their next house to the ordering their groceries online. However, this can be problematic when purchasing Backpacks. The variety of custom options, sizes, fits & features has left the consumer with and sea of information to sort through. Talking to a professional is the best way to learn. Avoid the big box stores and mall parking lots, you will be better served by the knowledgeable staff at your local gear shop like The U.S. Outdoor Store.

Where can I find eco-friendly backpacks?

Many companies have transitioned at least in part with recognition to climate change to making an eco friendly(ier) backpack. However the simple fact is most are still comprised of nylon, fiberglass, and or aluminum. In the day bag collection, Fjallraven has taken the lead with a line of day packs made entirely of recycled bottles.

Where can I find zipper locks?

Zipper locks ensure nothing gets stolen out of your bag. They’re great for people worried about their valuables within their bag or for people who end up falling asleep on long commutes. The truth is, Amazon is the best place to find these.

Where is the best place to store my backpack?

Storage of your back packs is situational dependent ie. condo vs house, however it is important to take the time to empty and clean your equipment when done, allowing sufficient time for drying. Storage should be in a well ventilated area that is free of relatively protected from the element and free of humidity.

Where can I hide things in my backpack?

Theft can be problematic when traveling, some backpacks offer unique solutions such as the Arcter’yx Blade series with a pocket against your back making access when wearing it impossible. Other options include, travel specific garment designed to be worn next to or in your undergarments with just enough room for money cards and passport.

Where do I keep my backpack when camping?

Opinions on this will vary from person to person and depending on the environment you’re in. For example in rainy areas it may be beneficial to keep your pack under the vestibule. Hanging your pack off a tree branch keeps the little creepy crawlies out and makes accessing your bag easy. If you have a pack cover then it will be fairly protected as well. Food should never be stored in your pack or shelter. Your mind may jump to bears, however, the more realistic threat comes in the form of those adorable little furry creatures that will eat their way through almost anything. To avoid this - placing your food in a hang bag, bear can, or a critter sack is recommended.

Where are the best places to go backpacking?

Anywhere just get out there. I've lived in Oregon, Washington, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, California and visited a dozen other states. In every case their have been scattered resources to help decide the appropriate place for your skill and desired outcome. It's always a good idea to check with the local ranger station for local conditions and requirements.

Where do I store my food in my backpack?

When packing a backpack two schools of thought come to mind. The scatter method entails splitting your gear down and placing little amounts all over your pack, when hiking long distance this concepts works well for weight distribution and ease of getting to snacks. The downside to this method is remembering where you put everything. Bulk packing is a great method if you are hiking in a relatively short distance and staying for a while. It allows you to unpack and be set up efficiently.

Where is the best place to keep a gun when in bear country?

Carrying a gun can be problematic. Always check with local state and federal laws before deciding to carry a firearm. With that out of the way, a chest rig will allow easy access to your weapon, a free range of movement for your leg and keeps your weapon clear of brush.

Where is the best place to learn about and purchase a backpack that will suit my needs?

You asked right people and came to the right place. US Outdoor has been supplying locals of the Portland, Oregon area with backpacks and other essential outdoor equipment since 1957. Beginning with U.S. military issue equipment back in the day and selling everything from snowboards to camping stoves now, US Outdoor has what you need, and the know-how to get you where you want to be.