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Lookin for a backpack for a 40 hour plane trip

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1. Posted by jxp05j (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

This summer I am flying to Indonesia. I am looking for a pack to take with me on the plane trip. I will need a couple days worth of clothes, some electronics(ipod, converters, power cords, etc.) and a book or two. What pack would suit this?

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

A hiking pack, designed to hold around 25-32 l (1500 to 2000 cubic in). Since this is bound to be your day pack I would look into something with a ventilation back (Osprey Stratos 24, Deuter Futura 28, Deuter Zugspitze, ...).

Or do you want all your stuff to fit into one bag? Then I would go for something in the 40 l range.

3. Posted by jxp05j (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

This would fit as a carry-on? I will have another bag under the plane, I just need something with me in the cabin.

[ Edit: Edited on May 17, 2008, at 9:29 PM by jxp05j ]

4. Posted by jxp05j (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Sorry about the other topic I made. I didn't mean for it to be spam. I was just asking if anyone had used the ivar pack before. One of my friends recommended it to me and I wanted to get another opinion on it as a carry-on bag.

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

A small rolling 20 in rolling upright is about 40 l and most of these classify as carry-on.

40 l Backpacks don't however, they are too bulky with the straps and so.

FYI, 25 l is an ordinary volume for a college or highschool book backpack. Cheap makes of these are available for about 10 USD if you are on a budget.

EDIT: Just looked at the Ivar pack. Utterly rubbish if you want to cram bulky clothes in it. It is a good idea if you are a business traveller regularly carrying documents, but I would not bother. What if you need to put something in the pack that is bigger than one of the compartments? A ventilated back will be a more valuable feature in the heat in Indonesia. Plus, have you looked at the Ivar pack carrying system? I am not impressed.

[ Edit: Edited on May 19, 2008, at 3:22 PM by t_maia ]

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

40 hour plane trip? Are you flying ultralight? I went to Vietnam from the W. Coast and it took 18!

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

I'm assuming the 40 hours include one or several longer lay-overs. Thus the need for clothes in the pack.

8. Posted by jxp05j (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Well. not 40 straight. Thats total time, including about 8 hours worth of layovers in a couple airports. We're going DFW to LAX to Taipei to KL then onto medan. From there will catch a UN ferry over to the island were going to be on.

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

It depends on how strict they are on dimensions. I've discovered that (admittedly i don't fly, so it's a moot point anyway) my trusty 26l - when full - wouldn't be allowed as carry on in much of Europe, because it is slightly too fat to fit in the hand luggage checkers they have at most European airports. It has plenty of space to spare in other dimensions (so a rolling bag/suitcase etc of almost double volume is allowed) but wouldn't be allowed unless it was 20%ish empty and squashed in the right way. Thus, If they are strict, i would say NOT to get a ventilated bag, because they tend to take up more space/have bigger dimensions due to the curvature than normal bags.

If you are basically using it for the flight and that's it, it probably doesn't matter too much what you get, as you won't actually be carrying it too much. Just get any reasonably sturdy/well made bag from a camping store, or even a sports store, and it will do the job. But if you are planning on using it much for other things, like a a proper daysack etc, then your requirements change rapidly and you need to look at some more specific for your requirements, and especially it's fit to your back.

[ Edit: Edited on May 20, 2008, at 9:18 AM by Gelli ]