Spring is just around the corner, and many of you are probably planning your first hike of the season. If you're going for a short day hike, you don't need much more then water, snacks, and a first aid kit. If you're planning an overnight excursion, it will take more forethought.
Backpack designs vary, and some will have a designated space for your sleeping bag and larger items. Others will leave you to plan where things belong and decide the most effective packing method. You'll want to make sure you have easy access to everything you need. It can be hard to know where to start.
If you're hiking on regular terrain this basic rule should guide your packing: Pack light items at the bottom, and heavier ones on top, close to your body.
Check out this page for more helpful tips describing the most effective way to pack for a hike. Packing for safety, comfort, and convenience will go a long way toward an enjoyable hiking experience.