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1. Posted by RosieM16 (Budding Member 11 posts) 44w

So ive just booked my trip to australia next year
How am i meant to fit like a years worth of stuff with me in one bag?! What do i need to take ive just been told to 'travel light' just doesnt seem possible
Any advice??

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 44w

You don't need to fit a year's worth of stuff into the bag. You only need to fit a week's worth of stuff (or less; this can be as extreme as two of everything, and washing daily), and keep using that, week after week. No one you meet will know that you wore the exact same thing a few days earlier as well. (And of those that do know, most will be fellow backpackers, and the rest will be employing you, and will have experience with backpackers; in short, none of them will consider it noteworthy at all.) If you discover you inadvertently forgot anything you really need, you can just buy it there.
(Pro-tip: Don't bring your favorite clothes, they'd be completely threadbare and ready for throwing out at the end of the year.)

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Jan-2016, at 11:31 by Sander ]

3. Posted by RosieM16 (Budding Member 11 posts) 44w

i sort of thought that thankyou! do you need to bring like towels ans toiletries and stuff? And dont suppose you know a good place to get a decent backpack from?

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 44w

A thin, quickdry travel towel (large enough to get yourself dry after a shower) is definitely useful, yes. Most hostels don't provide towels (though there's welcome exceptions). Toiletries are always an annoyance for how bulky they are, and how inconvenient their shapes. Assuming you'll settle down somewhere to work for a while, buy regular sized things while settled down there, and use travel-sized toiletries before and after while travelling about. Don't be afraid to abandon half-empty toiletries at times, either!

I suspect you're not Dutch, and so the stores I could mention for looking at backpacks won't be much use to you, but what I can recommend is definitely going to a real world outdoors store to physically try on backpacks. You'll be carrying it around a whole lot, so making certain it fits you comfortably is worth some time and effort. Outdoor stores should be able to provide you with some expertise about the right size, adjusting straps and so on, and should have weights available for stuffing the backpack with so you can walk around with different bags under load. Pay close attention to how the different bags compare and what feels right. Then come back a week later and do it all over again to see if that remains true over time.

5. Posted by RosieM16 (Budding Member 11 posts) 44w

brilliant thankyou so much!