Looks like 55L is the average! I was just wondering if most people go for 55L then a 10L detachable day pack thing (If you know what im talking about) so in all it would come to 65L?
Basically im pretty week and dont want to take too much.
Do they do packs with wheels??
Hi Janine, i opted for a 60L Karrimor (Panther, i think!) rucksac. It suits me well and they do a woman's version with a slightly different back fitting to take into account smaller size. It depends on how much stuff you expect to carry or buy along the way! I fit 2 jackets (must send 1 back!), pair of jeans, few pairs of shorts, few T-shirts, few items of underwear, pair of trainers, few books, toiletry bag (medium) and first aid kit (small). Buy a travel towel for around 20 quid, it saves so much space and dry's quickly. I wouldn't bother with zip-off day pack. They are generally too small to be used for a day. I bought a 20L Karrimor off e-bay for about 15 quid and it is big enough to use for overnight stay and durable too. If you pack light then the bag won't be too heavy for you so leave those hairstraighteners and hairdryers at home!! I'd advise not to bother with wheels because you don't need to carry the bags for too long and you can always rest for a minute if it gets hard going! How long are you travelling for? You can always buy stuff along the way that you discover you need. I picked up a waterproof North Face jacket for 20 quid in Xian, China and it is the real deal too! Hope this helps
Lots of reccomendations if you have a look at some of the threads below. Personally I prefer Karrimor - different packs have different shapes and different weight distibution though so the most important thing is to go to a decent travel shop and try some on.
Backpacks with wheels? Maybe there's a business opportunity there . Because the pack distributes the weight across your frame it's actually more comfortable to carry it on your back than to wheel the equivalent weight along the floor.