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What sort of back pack do I need???

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1. Posted by toonbullet (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

I am going traveling through thailand, malaysia, OZ, NZ, Fiji and USA in august and i am looking into what sort of rucksack i need.

Has anyone out there got any advice? as to size? type? amounts of pockets? Whether it is better to get one which opens from the front or top? Plus any tips on securtiy regarding your stuff.

Not the most exciting question in the world, but would be helpful if anyone had some advice!

Thanks!

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 10y

Quoting toonbullet

I am going traveling through thailand, malaysia, OZ, NZ, Fiji and USA in august and i am looking into what sort of rucksack i need.

Has anyone out there got any advice? as to size? type? amounts of pockets? Whether it is better to get one which opens from the front or top? Plus any tips on securtiy regarding your stuff.

Not the most exciting question in the world, but would be helpful if anyone had some advice!

Thanks!

My last backpack was purchased in a thrift shop for a couple dollars 11 years ago! When you get a bag or pack make sure you can lock your pockets or at least the larger main bag. You can't just plop your bag down and not pay attention to it - you gotta keep it in sight too!

For the type of travelling I do two (approx) 10X10X20 carry bags is good enough! I put one over each shoulder and everyone makes way for me or I turn sideways a bit. On airplanes I check one bag in and carry the other one on the plane. Works for me!

For security DON'T leave your valuables in any bag you check-in on a bus, plane or train! Keep your valuables with you at your seat or when you claim your bag something will be missing! Also don't bring anything of high value with you that if it became "missing" you would really be pissed!

Stay in hotels that have security boxes for valuables and use them to safeguard your money and important stuff! If you get ripped off at a hotel DON'T immediately blame the hotel staff - it could be the fellow backpacker in the next bunk or room!

KA

3. Posted by rasberries (Inactive 154 posts) 10y

all depends man.
how long are you going for?
your height? you have to be comfortable, and
my faults in the past have been opting out on better backpacks
in order to save like 40 bucks. Do not make this mistake. Work 1 extra day and pitch in the cash for a better bag.
if your doing alot of walking with the pack look at the harness/belts and clips.. they can take alot of weight off my just snapping up.

Karazyal
For security DON'T leave your valuables in any bag you check-in on a bus, plane or train! Keep your valuables with you at your seat or when you claim your bag something will be missing! Also don't bring anything of high value with you that if it became "missing" you would really be pissed!

Great advise! I always carry a padlock from home on my pack just incase i need one. and a semi good one not something your gramma can twist apart.

I also usually sleep with my pack at the foot of my bed if there is room or close enough that if someone was near i would wake up. well i doubt i would but the idea its close gives me comfort.

4. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 10y

I would say to get one that opens from the front, as that way, u dont have to empty it out everytime u want something from it - something of a personal annoyance for me. It has to be comfortable, so make sure you try it on before you buy it, and if possible buy it a couple of weeks before you are due to go, so you can get used to having it on ur back. Dont overload it, as you will buy stuff along the way. If you try and take the bare essentials, it is a much more pleasant experience!

5. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 10y

Just wanted to emphasize the fact that your pack has to open from the front. It may sound silly now but when your home is your bag for a couple of months you understand very quickly that it´s a priceless luxury. You dont have to umpack your bag everyday. It´s like having your wardrobe with you.