Backpacking is the ultimate example of traveling with one bag. How to pack for it is a real skill. With a few guidelines anyone can do it. Use these tips as a start. As you learn and gain experience you will build confidence and modify them to your requirements.
In general, pack a backpack with lighter weight items at the bottom. Heavier items at the top.
If you are going to be scrambling and hiking off-trail on rough terrain or snow, you might want to pack some of the heavier items a little lower to bring down your center of gravity. Experiment a bit before you leave home.
As for what to pack, start with the Checklist on the What To Take page. Once you have your basic items to pack add: (more…)