I'm planning on backpacking thru South America for probably about 6 months. After that, I'll head back home for a month, and head back out to North Africa, Eastern Europe and then Asia, with a little break at home between each trip.
I'm still in the preparation phase, and I'm starting to collect items and making a list of to-pack items.
To get straight to the point, I bought a few months ago a North Face Terra 65, which I thought was awesome. I've been concerned about its size though, as the bigger the pack, the more stuff we tend to shove into it. I know anyone traveling for a few months with a big pack WILL find a way to fill it up and carry unnecessary items, carrying heavier weight than they should.
Yesterday, I got a 60% off deal on a North Face Alteo 50, so I purchased it. I obviously haven't had a chance to test in real conditions yet, but it has the latest back support aeration and support technology. It's not too big, and it's very light (1530 g).
I am planning on traveling "light" this time, as opposed to my previous backpacking experiences where I consistently broke my back with an unsuitable pack and quite a bunch of unnecessary things. I am not sure how heavy I will pack, but ideally I would like to keep a little room on top of my pack for some food at least.
The problem is I tend to be a little "high maintenance" (for a guy), especially with beauty/shower products etc. I also do enjoy dressing nice (I'm french after all ^^), so I'll try to learn to be content with only 2 different outfits that won't look all that great on my trip. I'm quite aware that I can buy some extra stuff abroad if needed, but I tend to always put in things that I won't use much :/
What do you think? Should I stick with the 65L or go with the newly-purchased 50L for a 6-month trip?
Thanks for any advice folks
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