Hey there..... jst a quick thread
im travelling soon & heading to SEA - first stop Thailand - planning to take a 65L rucksack with me
my friends recommended investing in a good Day Pack.
He thinks fly to Singapore - leave Rucksacks with his friend in her apartment. & fill our day packs with everything we'll need for 2 months travelling in S.E.A.
Any opinions on this???
I think a day pack would be too small for 2 months travelling. I would take your big rucksack but get a small daypack for carrying guidebook, water etc.
What would you be leaving behind in your companion's friend's apartment that you won't be using for those 2 months?
Why not just take a smaller (than 65 L) pack that you can take anywhere - say up to a 40 litre pack?
If you can manage with a daypack for those 2 months, I can't really see why you even need the bigger rucksacks, unless you'll be travelling to colder climates after that.
I managed Thailand with a 25 litre pack that I also used for day excursions so didn't have to worry about lugging 2 packs around.
A 65 l pack is commonly used to carry a tent and camping gear on top of normal stuff. I'm assuming you are carrying this and want to leave it behind. I therefore suggest you look into packs with a zip-off daypack - 45 l pack plus 20 l daypack. This should do the trick.
But in case you are travelling without a tent (or similar gear) note that you are probably carrying way too much. For most people who stay in hostels a 35-45 liter pack is sufficient.
I have to agree with Bradshaw. What are you leaving that you wouldn't use in that time? I can accept that you might want to leave a pair of trosuers and jumper that you won't use in SEA, but that's about it.
I'm also from the school of travel that says travel light. My normal pack is 26l and i can carry it everywhere. Having said that, even with a small pack, you don't want to carry everything everywhere, and having to empty everything out of your main sack to use it during the day is both a pain and can havce security issues (if there are no lockers, yoyur stuff is just lying about), so get yourself a small daysack that you can either attach to your main sack, or one which folds up and fits inside, so that you can carry that on day trips etc. Some people use a fannypack/bumbag type thing
For a day sack, all you really need to carry is some water, a guidebook (if you use one), some toilet paper and your camera plus a few small bits, so a small daysack works fine. It also means that you have something you can use on tyransport (such as buses) where your main bag will go underneath or on top.