Setting off for a week's bivouac requires good management of your rucksack and the right equipment. So it's very important to pack your rucksack correctly. You need to plan to take enough stuff with you, but be careful not to take too much.
Two elements are very important:
- Don't want to take too much with you, and avoid the "just in case" attitude.
- Bear in mind that you carry everything you take with you.
What goes where in your bag?
For a well-balanced rucksack, it's best to place the heaviest items (tent, sleeping bag, mattress, etc.) along your back.
Tips for packing your bag
We strongly recommend that you pack your bag using closed compartments/plastic bags. This makes it easier to find your way around your bag. And if it rains heavily for a long time, you'll avoid getting your things wet.
For a beginner who doesn't yet have all the muscles or knees to cope with changes in altitude and the weight of a rucksack. You need to be careful about the load you can put on yourself. To estimate the maximum weight of your rucksack, we recommend that you do not exceed 5 % of your body weight.
However, for anyone, man or woman, who is used to mountains and treks, it is advisable not to exceed a weight of 15 or 20 % of your own body weight.
However, depending on the number of days' walking or the altitude, these factors may change. Finally, on an itinerant trek, it is advisable to take walking poles with you.
Packing a rucksack for a bivouac
During the day (on your person)
- Walking socks
- Walking boots
- Walking sticks
Quickly accessible items :
- Sun cream
- Waterproof jacket/windbreaker
- Bag cover
- Bank card/cash
- First aid kit: kompeed, bandage, disinfectant
For the evening
- Small gloves
- ½ spare t-shirt
- 1 pair of walking trousers
- ½ pair of socks
- Sleeping bag
The little extras
- Card game
- Portable battery
Finally, once you've packed your rucksack, all that's left to do is set off. So if you're looking for an organised family trip, DiscoveRent has the solution! We're offering you an itinerant trip in bivouacs, perfect for families in the Haute Maurienne.