Im going to Vietnam in just over a week, now when l usually travel the wheely suitcase is taken, but lm travelling differently this time - no hotels hostels only and nothing is planned (lm away practically a month) but l fly into HCMC and then plan on heading North toward Hanoi. ANY l digress.
Ive been thinking this last week that the suitcase is not gonna be as feasible - l will be moving about more, maybe doing overnight stays on boats in Halong Bay etc etc.
Should l buy a backpac???
Now lm clueless and lve been reading through the threads, but l went yesterday and looked in Millets and there was a 50 litre one, which was front opening. But inside it looked rather small (yes l know at this point you all will say pack less!)
But what is the standard size backpac females take with them 50-60l? I wont be doing any real treking as such. And what price range should l be looking at - yesterday the prices ranged around £45-60 from what l could see!
Time is short so l need to make a decision on this asap!
Cheers for the advice!
I have mostly traveled with my backpack for the past 8 years. It's an Osprey lightweight woman's pack that is a low tech version of this . I believe that I have the 65 liter in a medium and that has been more than adequate. It's been tough and durable and even though the one strap is slightly undone at the one seam, its made it through the last three years without breaking...I still haven't gotten around to fixing it. Basically, it has one main compartment with small compartment on top. It can really stuff down small or expand as needed. Depending on how much crap I lug around with me, its not exceptionally heavy, and even with my wimpy arms, I can swing it up on my back with one hand. The load distributes nicely and it is very comfortable. The straps all adjust to give it the most comfortable feel when walking around to find that guest house...and then onto the next and the next until you find the right one! I think I pd. something like $200 for it back then, but I know that they are a bit more expensive now. The straps all tuck nicely away for air travel, so that you don't have to worry about anything getting caught in conveyer belts or such.
Hope that helps! Have a great time in Vietnam! Happy Travels!