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Equipment for Australia June to December

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1. Posted by Psyman (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

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Hi,

I'm visiting Australia for the first time, getting there the end of June. I'm flying in to Cairnes, making my way down to Sydney then heading upthe middle to Darwin for ~ Nov/Dec

I'm looking at buying a new sleeping bag and rucksack. What size bag should i be looking at for ~6months away (i might stay longer though) Also what kind of sleepingbag should i go for? A warmer one that will be larger or a cooler one that will be smaller?

I'll mainly be staying in hostels but using campsites where ever possible. Plus i'll be working.

2. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 10y

You'll find that 99% of backpacker hostels won't let you use a sleeping bag. They supply everything you need as part of the price. Its a quality control thing.

3. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member 202 posts) 10y

Quoting Psyman

Hi,

I'm visiting Australia for the first time, getting there the end of June. I'm flying in to Cairnes, making my way down to Sydney then heading upthe middle to Darwin for ~ Nov/Dec

If your in Darwin in Nov/Dec then take a very very cold sleeping bag. It gets very hot there

4. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 10y

Psyman,
I reckon a good quality, small Snugpak will do the job. As you are in the north early on, it will be quite warm if you camp, and if you use hostels, they will provide bedding.
I found in Oct/Nov that I slept above the covers 90% of the time from Airlie Beach right down to Sydney, so I don't think you'll need a big 'bag. Snugpaks are much smaller for in your rucksack too. You may even find that a good silk liner is all you need, and they pack into the palm of your hand!

5. Posted by Psyman (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

cheers steevieh!

Another question i have is rucksacks.

How much am i realistically going to be carrying my bag?

I have an old rucksack that fits alright and its big enough. I dont know whether to waste money on a new one for no reason or can i get away with the older one (its 10yrs old atleast).

My thinking is i can always buy a new one if the old one breaks. But then i could always buy a new one now and by spreading the cost out over the whole trip i'll be getting better value for money!?

Any thoughts out there?

6. Posted by Lorcan (Budding Member 59 posts) 10y

hey
in terms of the rucksack you should give it good try out before you go by maybe doing a walk for a full day. One of the main things is that it is comfortable. Old rucksacks aren't usually a problem so long as they have been looked after and not hid in the attic for years. Basically, if you think it could give get a new one. Give the stitching a good look over especially at the shoulder straps which is the main load bearing area.
in terms of size, you shouldn't carry more than a third of you're body weight as it will just be too heavy to carry and be painful and if you overload it, it will break.
Common sense really, but if you're not sure it'll hold get a new one:)

hope you have a great trip!