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1. Posted by philip5555 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

I am going to India and am thinking of trying to travel with a 40letre rucksack that I can take as hand luggage. Is it worth trying to keep things this small? What size of pack do people recommend?

Phil

2. Posted by shaila (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

I too am only travelling with carry on luggage, and always have. You don't have to wait for your bags, worry about them being lost, you won't bump into people, and you will feel more free than if your lugging around lots of stuff. remember you can always buy things during your travels, often for cheaper than at home. with some careful planning, packing and the right bag, you can carry everything you need. I wouldn't want to be travelling through Indian with lots of luggage.

you should check with the airlines though, 40L will probably be too big for carry on luggage. You will probably be able to carry a smaller bag along with you backpack. and try to wear all you bulky stuff before you get on the plane, then you can change on the plane to lighter clothing.

3. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Hi
I have travelled quite a lot of the world and all I travel with is a strong "shoulder bag" with spare pair of cargo long pants,2-3 tee shirts,2 pair shorts/underpants,spare pair of flipflops and washing/shaving kit and what more does one want,as shaila rightly says you can buy anything for 1$ or so.
I'll never understand these backpackers with big huge backpacks "and" front packs struggling to stay upright,thats not good traveling,thats just poor organisation and lack of skills but thats their life.
You can travel India really light and if you go North just go into a market before getting cold and buy a pullover or jacket for a few rupees and when you come back to warm again just dump them or give them away.
India was a great travel experience for me so have a great trip and wishing you happy travels.
al de bes

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting philip5555

Is it worth trying to keep things this small?

Yes. No worries about losing your luggage when flying. Much easier to carry around. Less likely to be an obvious target for thieves.

Quoting philip5555

What size of pack do people recommend?

As small as you can get away with. Figure out what you absolutely need to take, and then find the smallest sack that you can that will carry it (with room for stuff you buy along the way).

Greg

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

I am going to India and am thinking of trying to travel with a 40letre rucksack that I can take as hand luggage. Is it worth trying to keep things this small? What size of pack do people recommend?

Thats the absolute biggest i`d go with unless you will be doing extensive camping etc. It is definitely worth going with something that size or smaller (pack an empty icecream box or something in the bottom of your bag. Then you can chuck it away and you have space for souvenirs etc, and it stops you taking too much). A small foldable daysack is another idea, so you can put that in your main sack as well.

The only thing to be ware is that with hand luggage, there are certain things that you cant take (i.e. swiss army knife - buy when you get to India), so if you have sharp pointy things you are really attached to, put it in the hold or leave at home.

I dont fly so cant comment firsthand on the size, but a guy i met a week ago had yet to have to put his bag in the hold after 30odd flights on his RTW and he had an (admittedly not stuffed full) 50l, and had also recently picked up a small holdall as well with gifts. I think it depends on the airline, how full the flight is and whether the staff are on a good day or not..

6. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Hi
The thing with souvenirs and gifts is if you are away for a long time,dont carry them with you,just get a few and post them home.
Who in their right mind wants to go travelling and carry gifts,souvenirs for months.
al de bes

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Quoting Gelli

I dont fly so cant comment firsthand on the size, but a guy i met a week ago had yet to have to put his bag in the hold after 30odd flights on his RTW and he had an (admittedly not stuffed full) 50l.

I have used my 55L backpack as carry on when not full, because it's squishy and easy to cram into a small space. If you don't mind bending, crumpling and folding, then no issues.

It's not the size of the bag, it's how much is inside that counts...

(that sounds vaguely dirty).