Wow great recommendations, I actually ended up purchasing the Osprey Aether 70 (the most expensive I came accross) - Just hope it does the job! I have attempted a "dummy" pack using packing cubes however the room in the sack filled rather quickly - any suggestions how to fit everything? 70L should be more than enough space. So far I have packed about 9 Tshirts, 4/5 pairs of shorts, 2 swim shorts, 2 jeans,
Lol. Usually people advise "take half". In your case, take a third. You're not real, you're trolling, right? 9 t shirts. :-)
I can't imagine hauling around a boat anchor like that, but to each their own. It's not even a travel backpack, it's meant for hiking. Different piece of equipment entirely...
(9 t-shirts?!?! Are you bring the kitchen sink too?!?!)
I reckon you're not traveling; you're moving!
But if you are indeed traveling around Asia, Australia and New Zealand, you'll learn soon enough what a heavy load means. Does your bag weigh more than 23 kilos? Be prepared to pay excess baggage fees. The charges could be hefty, depending on the airline.
As mentioned previously, if you need something, you can always buy it overseas.
Best of luck!
It seems you started getting some good advice about 5 weeks too late and had already purchased your pack. What's done is done but you can still try to salvage something by finding out about what you should have started with. That is, what to pack. What you need to pack is what then determines what size pack you need. You've put the cart before the horse as they say.
As Cheersterry wrote, you need no more for 3 months than for 3 days. No one can carry enough to last their entire trip and that means you have to wash stuff. The only question is how often you will do your washing. The Rule of 3s says you need, 'one to wear, one to wash, one to spare. Taking t-shirts as an example, you just spend 5 minutes washing a t-shirt, socks, underwear in the sink each night before going to bed, just as you spend 5 minutes brushing your teeth. It simply becomes a habit. You don't need 9 t-shirts or 9 of anything else.
The number one enemy of all travellers is weight. The less weight you carry the more comfortable you will be. That's pretty easy to understand. So the question then is how to actually apply that. Most people if asked will say they want to travel light but they don't define just what 'light' means. It doesn't matter if you are a big strong guy who can carry 50lbs. on your back all day or not. The fact is that if you only carry 15lbs. you will still be more comfortable.
What you 'need' is an individual decision. One person might decide they need to carry a camera while someone else does not have that need. Travelling light is not about telling you what you need or don't need. Travelling as lightly as YOU can requires you to follow one simple criteria. Whatever you decide you need to take, find the lowest weight example of that item. For example, you will probably want to take a rainjacket. Well a rainjacket can weigh 16 ozs. or it can weigh 8 ozs. and you can find that lighter weight one. Some people have mentioned taking a day pack for walking around when they don't need their whole pack. A day pack can vary a great deal in weight. Here is an example of a day pack that you can put in your pack and hardly notice it is there. http://www.seatosummit.com/product/?item=Ultra-Sil%26reg%3B+Dry+Day+Pack&o1=0&o2=0&o3=280-31 It weighs 3.2 ozs. Look at the picture of it on a keychain.
So you've bought the pack and it is larger than most would suggest but you can still educate yourself on what to pack in it and have it only half full. One thing I can tell you for sure. If you do not know what each item in your pack weighs, you are carrying more weight than you need to. It is only by comparing the weight of examples of each item you take, that you will end up with as little weight as you need to carry.
Take it easy guys, my first time backpacking so I am just looking for advice here. Great advice all the same.
Everyone here is being very, very easy on you. On many other forums you would have been eaten alive for choosing a big hiking backpack instead of a manageable travel backpack.
I think it is a shame you got no good advice for 5 weeks and in fact only started getting some good responses 3 days ago. It is understandable that in the meantime you went ahead and bought something. So no one needs to get down on you for what you have done so far. But as I said above, you can try to get the 'what to pack' part right still.
Concentrate on that Ryan and don't worry about a few comments attempting (and failing) to be funny at your expense.
One thought that does occur to me Ryan is the possibility of returning and exchanging the pack. Since you just bought it and probably haven't used it at all yet, that should be a possibility. If you wanted to consider that, the first thing to do would be to figure out what you need to take; see how much space that requires in order to determine what size pack you need; learn now to fit a pack; decide what kind of pack you want (backpack vs. travelpack); and finally try some packs on to find the one that is best for you.
[ Edit: Edited on 07-Mar-2016, at 08:21 by OldPro ]
If you wanted to consider that, the first thing to do would be to figure out what you need to take; see how much space that requires in order to determine what size pack you need; learn now to fit a pack; decide what kind of pack you want (backpack vs. travelpack); and finally try some packs on to find the one that is best for you.
Totally agree with you. The best think to do is to get together all of the stuff you were going to back to begin with and lay it all out on a table or bed.
You are then going to want to go through the process of individually weighing everything as much of it together in as compact a pile as possible to get a feel for the amount of physical space it’s going to take up.
This will let you know exactly how big and how strong a travel backpack you need to get your hands on.