i hope that got your atention. how big is your backpack? i saw a nice one in a store near me but its only 35l. would that be enough for 2/3 week inter-rail trip? i plan on packing realllly light.
its this one http://www.outdoorjungle.com/eshop/10Expand.asp?ProductCode=SS06rduel
;if your interested.
It is never a question of how big, well sometimes it is but in this cae the question is, does it fit?
You need to be sure of luggage guide lines on Rail and Planes. There are restrictions on both size and weight
Hope that Helps
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size definitely matters.. but if you can utilize a small one well you'll be ok.
35 should be plenty if you are just taking essentials - and probably will meet carry on restrictions.
and no one will think you are compensating by carrying a big pack either......
I went on a month long trip and my backpack was a 55 litre one that was great. It was big enough for all my stuff and I had room for all my souvenirs and things.
Last winter I got myself a backpack for a three weeks trip around Egypt. It was 50+10 l and way too big. After I packed all my stuff plus a big sleeping bag for sleping under the stars in the desert I still had room. It only enticed me to bring along and buy on the way a lot of unnecessary stuff.
Two weeks ago I exchanged it on ebay for a 35+10l backpack which is closer to the size of my old travelling pack that I had to replace. I haven't used the new one yet, but hope that it will be the right size for my upcoming 3 week trip to Iran and Turkey.
I've just (2 days ago) finished a 15month trip, and all i had was a 26l rucksack. Admittedly I had a fleece tied to the outside (back bought with bungees on front deliberately to keep my fleece in) when i wasn't wearing it, but the bag was perfectly big enough. Wouldn't even dream of travelling with anything bigger than 35 unless i was doing serious amounts of camping. I also have a kind of fold out canvas daysack (which fits in my main bag) to use when needed, and i also use if i need more space in the shorter term (i.e. just bought 5 days worth of food before getting on a train, or if my main back will be on the roof/underneath on a bus trip)
I just bought a new pack.
Long 51-59cm 52L 1.8kg
This one was good for my back and
had a good suspension system.
I've got a couple of bags - a 55l which I took on a 14 month trip and a 27l which I use for long weekends and so on. If you're going inter-railing then it probably means you're going in the summer and staying in hostels. If so, then you probably don't need camping gear or heavy, warm clothes. I would have thought that with light summer clothes and a fleece or something for when it gets cool, 35l would be fine.
PS - muchos respect to Gelli for taking a 26l bag on a 15 month trip! Now that's travelling light...