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1. Posted by Dem (Full Member 78 posts) 9y

Hi!

I have to decide... if taking a 60L or a 50L backpack for my RTW trip. I am a 5.11 (178cm), 175 pound (80kg) guy... kind of athletic. Well... I want to get a 20L daypack too...

What do you think about all it?

Gracias!

2. Posted by l1ncs (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

I am about to go on my first RTW trip and intend to take something around the 40L mark. Everything I read seems to say that the biggest mistake people end up making is to take a too big a pack. I would hate to be carrrying a large pack around with me everywhere I went. Also you end up looking more like a tourist with a big bag.

3. Posted by Dem (Full Member 78 posts) 9y

.... so... is a 50L even too big

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 4, 2007, at 11:07 PM by Dem ]

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Hi - I took a 70L pack when I did my RTW trip (including a detachable dayback) and I was fine with it.

Being a bit of a horder I find it difficult to think what it was that I packed that I could have lived without.

5. Posted by Dem (Full Member 78 posts) 9y

Thanks a lot!

I think I'll go then for a 50L and the 20L dayback.

;)

6. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

I took a 50 Litre pack with me. It came in handy when doing things like camping when youve lots of gear to carry, however I think in future id take a smaller one. My g/f took a 35L bag and she was fine with that.

7. Posted by Dem (Full Member 78 posts) 9y

Quoting HafJafMark

I took a 50 Litre pack with me. It came in handy when doing things like camping when youve lots of gear to carry, however I think in future id take a smaller one. My g/f took a 35L bag and she was fine with that.

Did you carry in it camping stuff like tend and sack?

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

I use a 26l, with a foldable daysack (which goes in my main sack) which doubles as extra capacity when i need it.

If you are mostly in warmer countries, you don't need that much in the way of clothes, and if you plan to post souvenirs etc back reasonably frequently, you don't need to carry them, and also minimise the risk of loosing everything.

50 should be plenty, espcially with a 20l daysack [try NOT to fill your daysack when you leave - only have in it things that you would normally want to have in your daysack]. There's no point going with a really small bag if your not comfaortable with the idea. It's not a game as to who can carry the most/least.

9. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 9y

I was in Africa for 5 months before heading to Europe (hot to cold) and had a 60l. My day pack is half camera bag so the some total excluding photographic equipment - very little. And this was more than enough.

10. Posted by bradshaw (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

There's not a whole lot of difference between a 50 and a 60 litre pack. Well, 10litres to be precise, but the marginal difference at that level is smaller than the difference between a 20 and a 30 litre pack. Also, different pack companies can measure and report capacity differently-so a 50l may actually have the same capacity as a 60l from another manufacturer. This also holds true for packs from the same company that are from different years.

Before deciding which size to buy, decide on how much clothing and other stuff you're going to carry. Then decide on what features you want in a pack. Those features may not be available on a 50l, so problem solved.

I traveled recently to SEA with a 25L pack. It was a bit tight - I'll use a 30L from now on.