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1. Posted by sulli (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

I dunno is this a stupid question...but here goes anyway!!! what type of backpack would be most useful for backpacking OZ for a year. Was looking at them on the web and they seem to go by litres or someting like that!...i havent the faintest idea what size of a backpack i should be going for? Should it be the bigger the better or what? any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. Posted by Popotnica (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Well, you probably dont want to have too many baggage. Its hard to say how big your backpack should be, but usually it is best to travel light and maybe buy things on the way??;)

Im sure you will find what you need... But maybe just a hint...Backpack must be at least 80 l big.:)

3. Posted by James1976 (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

Hey sulli,

I've been looking at backpacks too. Im only going to 6 weeks so you might need a larger one, however be careful if you're spending the whole year travelling around as it can be a weight on your shoulders!

However if you are staying at various places for weeks or months at a time then it may be worth going for a bigger backpack. For my 6 weeks i think that 70Litres is plenty big enough for me.

One thing i would advise that someone told me, is to get one that is a zipped (suitecase) style bag rather than a draw-string top-loader one. Otherwise you'll be forever dragging stuff out to get to the bottom of the bag, and eventually you probably wont bother at all!

Hope this helps.


4. Posted by jimbob9876 (Budding Member 32 posts) 11y

I'm off to Oz for a year and I'm taking a Holdall that has a capacity of 132 litres. It has some wheels which is handy and it can also be carried on your back or by the handles.


5. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 11y

i dont think it matters if ur going for 2 weeks or 12 months, a good rule is to travel light....u r only gonna have to carry it all around with its best that u only take what ur gonna use. As long as u have some means of washing stuff, u really only need minimum items, so a smaller backpack is better (otherwise u only end up filling a larger one!)
hope some of that makes sense....i tend to ramble a bit!

6. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 420 posts) 11y

I try never to travel with more than a 60L pack and mine is of carry on size. Don't check it and you won't lose it. You can always wash things so less stuff will give you a lighter pack and more freedom (and less back pain). Plus not checking your bag makes you a lot faster getting into and out of the airport, and prevents things from getting "lost" at security checkpoints.

The only downside is that you can't carry a pocket knife with you. I would just buy one when you get there either sell it to a fellow traveler, give it as a gift or mail it home. The knife is a pain if you are doing a lot of flights though.

Ask some fellow travelers just how few things they really take and take what you need not what might be used. An ideal pack should weigh somewhere between 15 and 25 pounds unless you don't plan on carrying it much.

7. Posted by crass (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

There are a whackload of sites out there which help you figure out what to pack for various types of trips. I left home in October and have been travelling through Eastern Canada, Europe, SE Aisa and now here in Australia (with no plans to return home) and all I have is a 70L pack. I still have to check it when I fly, but *knocks on wood* I have had no problems yet. A good rule is to make sure that the clothes you bring co-ordinate with each other so you can pack less than if you were to pack many different outfits. I also have a ritual that whenever I am getting ready to leave a place, I purge stuff that I have not worn on the trip. Clothing can always be purchased inexpensively if you find you are needing something.

8. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 11y

Go for an 80 litre backpack with detachable daypack, and buy a good brand like Macpac. In Oz and NZ you won't spend too much time with the thing on your back. Going for 80 instead of 70 gives you more flexibility; you can fit 80 into 70, but not vice-versa. Definitely don't buy a top loading backpack unless you're trekking in Nepal or something. Packing is a bitch; even after 22 years of travelling I still hate it. If you need more space you can buy a small canvas bag for next to nothing or store stuff somewhere. Same with clothes like tee shirts and summer gear; its everywhere down here and quite cheap. You can also buy those sexy zip off short/trouser combo favoured by many cool dudes from that European mecca of fashion - Germany.

9. Posted by crass (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

Quoting majito

You can also buy those sexy zip off short/trouser combo favoured by many cool dudes from that European mecca of fashion - Germany.

That made my morning :)

10. Posted by sulli (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

well i went and got myself a lowe alpine 70l + 15l in my home town in a discount was 259 yo yos (euros)! and i got it for 139 yo yos! there was an 80l + 15l but it was and extra 100 so i went for the sensible point for an extra 10 litres to pay 100 euros more!!! it has a detachable day pack aswell which i've been told is very important!!! All excited now even tough i have to wait 8 months before i leave my lovely island that is Ireland for a whole yr!!!!!!!!
So thanks for all the replys!!! cheers