Backpacking South East Aisa - 1 year - Female
What size backpack should i take? (im quite a small, not strong so dont want to get anything too big)
I was thinking 55L but not sure if i should get a day pack 10L so that would be 65
45L with a day pack of 10L to make 55L
55 with no day pack and get a bum bag thing
Or am i totally wrong and i should get something bigger as im there for a year, or smaller as im there for a year
Any info would be GREAT!!
Everyone travels with a different amount of gear. I see some people lugging around packs so big they can't even get them on without assistance, and have no chance of being able to carry it more than 10 minutes. Therefore they end up taking taxis everywhere, and can't be bothered to check out different hotels for better prices. The result of course is that they spend more money and have less mobility. My personal philosophy is that if you can't comfortably carry your own gear for at least a half hour of walking around town, then you have too much stuff.
For me I carry a 38L backpack. I don't have a day pack, but just a large camera bag that also fits my guidebook. There are so many advantages of carrying a bag this small. Like I mentioned, I can carry my bag all day and get weighed down. I can hop in a taxi or auto-rickshaw and carry my bag on my lap with ease. I can fit my gear in an overhead rack or under my seat on a bus which is a whole lot of peace of mind when I don't have to put it on the roof or under the bus.
The beauty of Southeast Asia is that there is no need to pack alot of stuff. For starters, the weather is very even all year round. For the most part it will be between 25-30 everyday. So you don't need alot of warm clothes, only cool clothes and a light rain jacket. An exception is if you end up in the North of Vietnam in the wrong season where you might need a sweater.
Another great thing is that you can get absolutly everything you need in Asia for really cheap. If you forget something, then you can pick it up there for much cheaper than at home. A couple changes of clothes is all you really need, since you can hand wash one outfit and wear the other. When you get tired of looking at your clothes, throw them out and buy more.
So if you really want to, you can get away with almost nothing to lug around.
If you don't want to have to lug around a massive bag than instead of packing everything that you can possilby imagine using over the next year, learn to live without the things that aren't nessecities. For me that's part of travelling - living simply.
I got a 60L Lowe Alpine travelpack with no day pack for SE Asia for 8 months. I also carry a small shoulder bag which fits a book, sun cream etc to take on bus journeys, day trips, planes etc. So far, I've found the size perfect (I'm 5ft 5 female and quite small too!). The best thing is to try some on in the shop with weights inside (any good shop will let you do this) as it's no point going for a smaller one if it's less comfortable than a bigger one. Also, I've been told that it's hard to zip the day pack onto the actual pack if it is full, so kind of defeats the object in my opinion! One thing - make sure you can lock it easily.
Thanks for both you reply's its been very informative.
I have brought a Osprey 60L as it was very comfortable when i tried it on in the shop.
The only problem is that i cant lock it as it has one of those pull strings at the top. I was now thinking about taking it back and getting another one... would you recomend that?