A molle backpack is a hiking bag with exterior straps. The straps are often called M.O.L.L.E. for ( (Modular Lightweight Load—carrying Equipment), and their purpose is for carrying extra hiking gear that will not go inside your backpack. Molle straps consists of a network of thin nylon webbing sewn to some a framework and stitched at regular intervals creating channels. These channels allow for different pouches, pockets or other hiking gear to be attached to a hiking backpack.
You’ve made up your mind that you want to start trail hiking. Are you wondering how to pack your hiking backpack including the best use of its molle webbing straps? You are not alone. Here’s how to proficiently pack a backpack with molle webbing.
Examine The Possibilities Of Molle Straps
Your molle backpack contents should be packed on the inside first, obviously. Backpack hikers will need some basic gear. Here’s a list of essential hiking items that would most likely be packed on the inside of your pack.
- A map and a compass for navigation
- Your phone can provide certain GPS but never count on that alone in case you lose cell service or the battery dies.
- Always bring a flashlight or headlamp, even on a day trip in case you spend longer on the trail than anticipated, which is easy to do.
- Your backpacking pack should always have matches, placed in a waterproof bag or container. Also bring a lighter and fire starters for any trip.
- Bring a whistle to call for help with three short bursts. It’s vital to have things you hope you’ll never need, but will be darned glad you have them if you do need them.
- A multi-purpose knife tool is always handy to have for using on things you couldn’t even imagine, yet it would be worth its weight in gold when the need arises.
Your Molle Backpack – Items To Carry Inside Your
Personal Items And First Aide
Your hiking pack must have a first aide kit assembled and in your outdoor backpack. You can buy a ready-made kit or put your stuff in a ziploc bag. Be sure to include, assorted size adhesive bandages, antibacterial cream, a needle and safety pins, duct tape, ibuprofen or Tylenol, alcohol wipes, sunscreen, SPF-rated lip balm, hand sanitizer, insect repellent, vinyl gloves and toilet paper. Sunglasses are important to protect your eyes and either wear or bring a hat because the sun can burn your scalp.
Trail Hiking Clothing Items
Ready for your backpacking trek and wondering what articles of clothing to bring? Layering is the best approach, because in some instances you may find yourself colder or hotter than when you first started that trail hike. Choose fabrics for shirts and pants that have moisture-wicking properties such as synthetic gym wear. Ultra-fine merino wool is the best choice for socks (bring an extra pair or two.)
Cotton doesn’t efficiently remove moisture away from your skin, takes a very long time to dry, and is a poor insulator, so it is not the right choice for hiking. Bring 2 pair of underwear, 2 T-shirts (one long sleeve and 1 short) and lightweight pants for a base layer. Roll up convertible pants are great because if your day gets hotter or colder, you can adapt. Heavier pants can be worn over your base layer if needed.
Essential Backpacking Outerwear
Bring a fleece top and heavy jacket, depending on time of year and climate where you are hiking. Lightweight down jackets or insulated synthetic jackets with an adjustable hood are preferable. You should always pack a lightweight water-repellant wind breaker also. Choose rain pants and coats that are waterproof and breathable. Staying dry is paramount to avoid hypothermia.
Feet And Hands – Keep Warm And Dry When Hiking
Keep those feet, head and hands warm and dry. A good hat, depending on weather climate, should consist of one for warmth and one for sun protection. You’ll need gloves for warmth and also sun protection, full or half-fingered. Look for some with 50 or 30 UPF. A cotton bandana has many uses other than your head. It can be used to keep sun off your neck.
Hiking boots that you have already broken in are crucial for avoiding blisters. Since we are basically referring to day backpacking trips in this article, you can choose ankle high or low-cut boots. Always choose quality full-grain leather for durability and to keep your feet comfortable and dry. Make sure you have a good fit for better stability on rougher terrain with a snug fit at the heel and wiggle room for your toes.
Hikers – Don’t Forget Adequate Hydration During Your Hike
If your molle backpack has a hydration bladder, you’ll fill it with fresh water from home. Hydration throughout your trip is vital. If you don’t have a hydration bag, you will pack at least 3 water bottles per day of your trip. That can amount to a lot of weight in your backpack. If there is fresh water available, per the map of the area you are hiking, you can refill your bottles via any natural water source. However, you will need to add purification tablets or drops to keep from getting sick from what you thought was fresh water. In this case, you would eliminate having to carry so much water at once.
Pack Nourishing Food And Snacks In Your Hiking Bag
Obviously you aren’t going to bring your whole fridge or pantry, but you will need nourishment during your hiking trip. Carry protein-rich food and snacks that don’t require refrigeration.
Don’t weigh your hiking day pack down. Sample packets of things like mayo, cream cheese and peanut butter are a very handy to bring along. Bagels, granola bars and beef jerky, plus tuna and chicken packets are great foods that won’t weigh you or your backpack down.
Molle Backpack – Use Of Molle Webbed Straps
The exterior molle straps on hiking and tactical backpacks is a means of attaching extra pouches for organizing items you don’t want loose in the main compartment of your hiking bag, like a camera for example. You can also attach bulky gear items like sleeping pads, snowshoes, or cylindrical tent bags to the outside of your molle backpack. You could also attach hiking gear like a walkie-talkie, water bottles, or a map case .
Limitless Items Can Be Attached To Molle Straps
Learning how to attach gear to the outside of your pack, like many backpacking skills, is best learned by observing what other people do and adapting it to your needs. As long as you keep weight balance in mind, you can attach pouches, actual gear items that you want to hang freely or even a bear canister. Consider all the essentials that you personally want to take hiking and you can attach many of these items via a singular pouch or independent hang. Whatever you hang freely should be items that won’t be damaged by rain if you hit a sudden shower.
Backpack Organization Need Not Be Difficult
It may sound like you are carrying quite the load for a short trip, but these are the hiking essentials, things you are almost guaranteed to need at some point on your trek. When you return from your trip, keep what you don’t need to unpack in your hiking bag for the next trek out and then just add to it. The important thing is to follow through with your plan to discover backpack hiking and spend time in nature. You will make memories and have stories to tell forever with each new expedition. Happy hiking from Nature Trail Backpacks.