ok, im going by plane to argentina and ill be travelling overland around the country for 3 months (1 month is with a friend in BA) anyway, im getting crap from my mom about bringing just a backpack...i don't think she understands the literal sense of the verb backpacking...anyway, i haven't bought mine YET....do I i not want to chack it on the plane? what size should i buy that fits overhead in the plane?
months of travel from N (NE and NW) to S (Tierra del Fuego) are September to November (leaving fom BA December 10)...any gear advice? im also going to get a good lightweight permeable coat w/ fleece and have thermal peices...when/where in my frip should I expect warmth? any help is appreciated grasias
Backpacks usually don't fit in the overhead bin unless they are very small (too small for you unless you go super-light). Even if they hold the same stuff that fits into a carry-on sized suitcase they are too large, because the straps and all that make them bulky and the cut too tall.
What do you need the backpack for? Will you be hiking or doing mainly city travel? Any outdoor activities?
As for size, if you do not take a tent you should be fine with 40 liters (2500 cubic in). The shops will try to sell you a larger one (55 l, 3350 cubic in), don't buy it. It will be too large and will entice you to take stuff along that you don't really need and that will make your pack heavy. (BTW, 55+ l is the size you would need if you took a tent.)
As for your mother: tell her that they have washing mashines in South America and that you'll be taking enough clothing for a week - and that's it. If it is dirty you'll wash it, since it is the only practical way to bring enough clothes for 3 months without using a U-Haul truck. And how much space does she think 4 changes of clothing are going to take up?
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 23, 2008, at 5:57 PM by t_maia ]
thanks for the reply! ok, yeah i just wasnt sure if people usually check backpacks..advice on backpack sizes helps because i've never bought one before, so it's hard for me to visualize mow much i need to take and all that. but the 40 liters would probably be good for me. I'm not going to take a tent i think because it's my first backpacking trip and i going to me doing city travel for the most part. im going to add in as many nation parks as i can...can i rent gear from hostels around these areas if i find a tour to go on?
for shoes/other stuff does this sound reasonable: 1 pair trekking shoes, ive been looking at merrells, not boots though...1 pair plastic flip flops (for showers), 1 pair chacos/strappy sandals, and 1 pair of converses for casual wear
then a weeks worth of clothes, plus bathing suit, a jacket/sweatshirt...toiletries (small shampoo and toothpaste), travel documents (passport, travelers checks, ID, immunization forms, aaa credit card), notebook, camera, extra memory cards?, ipod (w/charger)
what am i missing in essentials..too much, too less?
well, osprey makes several nice packs that are sized for women to fit our backs better and to carry that loader more comfortably. they are also very durable...i'm still using mine from 1999! you will have to check it on the plane though. most packs these days are designed to tuck away all the straps and some come with a stuff sack to put it in for flights. as for shoes...well, i only take a pair of hiking boots, a pair of tevas (good for showers too) and a pair of birks. I don't usually take shoes. besides, you usually find something cool along the way. if you go into the Tools section on this site, you will find a great packing list that will help you think of anything you might have missed. as they always say, take more money and less stuff! its true! good luck!
great thanks for the info! yeah that's definately a good idea to take more money less stuff...but i gotta skimp if inflation keeps at the rate its going!