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What sizeeeeee backpack?

Travel Forums General Talk What sizeeeeee backpack?

1. Posted by nicnac (Full Member 69 posts) 12y

nicnac has indicated that this thread is about Australia

Can anyone advise me please.
Planning to travel up to one year backpacking.

Not sure what size backpack to get..thinking about 60litre.

any suggestions?


2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

I wouldn't go any bigger, unless you are particularly big or have a need to be taking specialised equiptment. i.e if you are planning on doing SIGNIFICANT amounts of scuba diving/camping/hiking etc. you'll probably want to take your own equiptment, so might need a slightly larger bag. If your just looking at occassional camping or whatever, it's probably less hassle to hire/buy cheap stuff locally.

Depending on your itinerary, you can avoid taking too much winter clothing (or any) etc, or if your only going to be spending, for example, the middle 3 or 4 months in colder places and desperately want your own stuff, consider arranging for it to be shipped out to you for that period and then shipping it back/selling it after you've finished with it rather than carrying it the whole way.

3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 12y

How long is a piece of string?

sorry what I mean is, it's subject to quite a few factors,
1. How big you are.
2. What kind of activities you'll be doing (e.g adventure hiking campin etc.)
3. How light you wish to travel ( I knew someone who travelled for three years with a 10 ltr day pack :) )
4. How strong you are....

I'm a 5'9" female and I manage a sixty ltr but I've never filled it except on return journey with presents.

My backpack also has an extendable main compartment so if you have more stuff you can fit more stuff. Very handy!

Happy shopping


4. Posted by kerrychall (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y

Try them on with gear in them, and get the most comfortable (walk around the store loaded for a while). Get the smallest one you can, framed. And roll your clothes to minimize creasing and maximize space.