A common mistake made by beginners is to lift a pack by a shoulder strap. Not only can this damage and prematurely wear out your shoulder harness, it also makes it difficult to control your pack as you try to wrestle it onto your back.
Instead, follow these steps and you’ll be able to smoothly hoist even a heavily loaded pack from the ground to your back:
Practice the art of hoisting a backpack at home. If you can easily remove (and re hoist) your pack at every rest stop, you can stretch out fatigued muscles and finish your walk with more energy at the end of the day.