Maximum weight of packs

For adults it is recommended that pack weight should not exceed one third of total body weight. To achieve this target requires careful attention to what is carried and to choice of equipment. Experience is necessary to obtain the correct balance between weight on the one hand and safety and comfort on the other. It may be difficult not to exceed the recommended maximum weight, especially for longer trips in cold weather. For children, pack weight should not exceed one quarter of total body weight as an absolute maximum and ideally should be less than this.