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1. Posted by mac1234 (Full Member 110 posts) 8y

what size is your backpack? on my last trip i used a 65l pack but i found this to be too big and i had a lot of extra space so im going with a 45l pack on my next trip! what would you consider to be the perfect size bag?

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

This is possibly the single most frequent question that gets asked, and there are lots of responses/similar questions on here already if you search for them.

There is no such thing as the perfect size - the duration, weather conditions, type of travel and personal circumstances/preferences all play a roll in deciding what you should use. I would never advise anybody to go above 65 (inc daysack), unless they were doing some serious wilderness camping etc and needed to carry tent/stove/sleeping bag/several days provisions etc.

For myself, my standard bag is a 26litre North Face which i swear by. It is the third bag of roughly the same size that i have used, and I have no desire to go much above that. Having said, whilst i find that it is fine for long travels (18months or so), for short term trips including for work - i travel extensively and frequently for work - i find that it can be slightly on the small size and leads to things being slightly more squashed than is ideal.

For work i have to carry extra stuff, whilst for trips up to 2weeks, you don't really want to have to worry about laundry, so paradoxically, i might want to take a bit more stuff than on longer term trips. I also often take my sleeping bag on shorter trips. I periodically look at bags in the 30-35 range, and if i ever see one which fits all my needs properly, i will probably buy that as well for use on shorter/work trips.

I would say that for the average person, a bag in the 35-45 range is quite sufficient.

3. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 8y

Im not sure I could travel with as little as 35L! I have a backpack which although I'm not sure of the size (it doesnt say it anywhere...I've looked seveal times!) it's a lot bigger than 65L and I found i had lots of space, and would just fill it with crap along the way! More cap = more weight = not good!
I have recently purchased a 60L backpack which I have only used for a week in spain so far, but it seems a lot better size wise (my sleeping bag is quite big in comparision to some you can get, so that takes up more space than most)
I agree with Gelli that if you travel for a shorter time, you need more, as laundry probably wont be an issue.