In 5e each class gets a pack. for instance the explorer's pack.
What are in these packs?
What does the pack weight?
Is this pack idea from a previous edition that they just forgot to explain?
Is there any reference for your answer?
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Interestingly, the Backpack says it can hold 30 pounds, but perhaps things tied on to the outside are not included?
A backpack can hold one cubic foot or 30 pounds of gear. You can also strap items, such as a Bedroll or a coil of rope, to the outside of a backpack.
Still, if we subtract 17 for the bedroll/rope, we're at 42 (the backpack doesn't have to carry itself). Another 5 for the waterskin, and strap the torches to the outside, and we're down to 27.
If we strap the waterskin to our belt and the torches to the outside, that lowers us to 26.5.
Both of these packs come overloaded, unless I'm miscalculating something. Do we need to strap more things to the outside?