I'm not used to multi-day hikes, and soon I will be going on a 5 day hike and I thought it would be a good idea to carry a folding knife this time just to be on the safe side. I won't be needing it for food prep or setting up camp, since those will be provided.
Where is best place to carry a knife? I'm thinking of using the hip-belt pocket of my backpack, but I read somewhere that this is not a very good idea since you could become separated from your backpack. My nylon hiking pants pockets seems to flimsy to carry a metal object with the capacity to tear it all up.
EDIT: complementary information.
- The trek in question is Salkantay in Machu Picchu, cold, layering clothes, rain possibility.
- The pants are convertible in shorts and made for hiking (the fabric is Rhodia Amni UV 50+). They are much softer and lighter than cotton or jeans pants and are made to dry really fast and ease perspiration.
- The folding knife has some weight to it, so it will be dangling in the pocket, also I don't trust its corners rubbing against the fabric.