Just joined the forum as I've been reading a few of the posts and everyone seems really helpful! Me and my boyfriend are off for 4 months in May, travelling to South America (Peru, Bolivia, Chile), New Zealand and South East Asia. I've travelled before, and took a 65 litre bag which is something I don't really want to repeat but I'm a little scared at only taking 35-45 litres. Is it sensible to take so little and top up possesions with warm clothes as and when we need them or should I go for the safe route and bring everything from home?
Any help or advice greatly received!
I use a 26l bag and top up as I go. I carried gloves and a hat anyway, and much of my clothing can be worn as layers, meaning i could survive occasional "chilly" days without getting extra stuff. For example, in the middle of my last long trip (16mths), I was in northern China in the middle of winter, so i bought a thick coat and some bits there, which i then donated when i got to warmer climes again.
The one comment i would say, is if you go down the 35-45l routes, make sure the bag has either a bungee &/or several hoops on the outside so you can tie clothing etc to the outside of. That means that if you are in a warmer area for a short period between cold areas, you can still carry all the extra clothing!
On a long trip, less is more. Pack what you will need for a few weeks and you can always buy what else you need on the road. Size also depends on what you are bringing. If there's a laptop and a lot of camera equipment, 40L might not be enough.