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1. Posted by Slngz (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

I am completely at a loss as to knowing what bag I should be looking for, I was hoping someone could push me in the right direction. First off sorry if this type of thread has been mentioned before but i couldn't find what i was after :)

I am 22, and soon to be travelling for 3 months or so. I will be going to:

New Zealand

I need a quality bag that can sustain a lot of getting chucked around and dragging I guess. One that is comfy to wear with good padding, and as for size i'm not too sure - perhaps a 65ltr one?

I haven't gone through what I need to pack yet, perhaps this is the 1st step? But anyway that aside, I'm assuming it will be a lot!

I am looking to spend no more that £60 if I can help it. Unless someone really recommends spending a bit more on a bag really worth owning.

Has anyone done anything similar to this and can recommend a decent bag for me?

Appreciate any responses - thanks :)


2. Posted by Monkey74 (Budding Member 65 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hello James

Looking at what countries your going to I personly wouldnt take anything bigger than a 50l plus good daypack.
Ive travelled Oz, SEA, North Africa and europe with a 50l and found it to be ample(remember its you that has to carry it)
When travellin its always easy to take too much so its best to sit down and work out what you actually need,plus you can always buy as you travel as sometimes things so much cheaper elsewehere.
I always buy lightweight clothes that are quick dryin, but thats me.
As for backpacks I like the berghaus freeflow 50, got mine for £48

Hope this helps

Enjoy your travels

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Don't plan on packing a lot. Take 3-4 outfits with matching colours and enough underwear for a week. Wash your clothing when it gets dirty, in the sink if necessary and replace it on the road when it falls apart. It is better to pack some cash than to drag a lot of clothes around with you. This is especially true when you are travelling through the seasons, say from summer in Hawaii to winter in New Zealand. Don't drag all the winter gear with you, buy it new if you need to. Same for summer clothes, also be willing to throw the winter gear away instead of burying it somewhere in your pack.

Packs with a volume of 65 liters are designed for carrying tent, sleeping bag, mattress, cooking gear, food for up to 2 weeks and water for 2 days plus clothing. So unless you intend to do some serious backcountry hiking you'll hardy need 65 liters. If it is just your clothing and no camping gear all you'll need is a 40-50 l pack. I really like the Deuter ACT lite 40 + 10 because it is about half the weight other, similar packs and the size is perfect for what most people on this forum need.

Another tip: When you pack first make a list of all the things you intend to take. Then weigh yourself completely naked and write that on top of the list. Use some scales and weigh every item on your packing list. Write down the weight of each item. Start packing and dress in the clothes you intend to wear on your first day of travel, including shoes. Put your rucksack on your back and put every little gadget you intend to take with you in your pockets (mobile phone, wallet, handkerchief, etc). Weigh yourself again - if the difference is more than 15 kgs (or your body height in centimeter minus 100, then divided through 5 or 18 % of your body weight, use whatever number is smaller) - unpack and start over.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 19, 2008, at 8:43 PM by t_maia ]

4. Posted by i c e (Respected Member 326 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I just got back from a trip to South America, I was on 9 planes in a month and it fit in every overhead. had it on countless buses, I'm 19 and I kind of abused it. its as tough as iron.
It's called the Terra 60 by North Face! I dont know the Euro xchange rate but I don't think its too much more than you wanted to spend around $140 usd's. Expensive but worth every penny. hiked in it, very comfortable, plenty of ways to adjust to your size. Even has some good compartment for keeping everything organized. It's worth the time money and effort to find this pack. I love it!! It's plent big for all my stuff for a month and not too big to lug around everywhere. and it looks really cool.

hope this helps. Have fun on your trip.

Pura Vida


[ Edit: Edited on Jul 20, 2008, at 3:20 PM by i c e ]

5. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 924 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

My suggestion is to get a panel loader (front loader). It is the best kind of backpack for travelling the world. Go try some packs on and get the fit....but, from twenty years experience, using all kinds. Panel loader is the way to go.

Good luck out there.

6. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hiya, I recommend one (ie. whatever size you want) with wheels...

7. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

dont get one that has a drawstring on the top and youp have to pack everything in from the top - pain in the arse, and not handy at all!! get a front loader like someone else said...
i have a great bag which has been abused and lasted me 6 years... its got 2 extra panels on the sides which clip together in the middle to squish your things in further to give you more room on the edges and the zips are sturdy as!! tis a Wilderness Equipment Frontier bag. solid stuff! i have a feeling itll break soon..... but as i said ive had it 6 years and its been thrown around europe, sat on, had too much crammed into it and been soaked with rain and it still works, smells like a rose :P

8. Posted by Makini (Full Member 80 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Dear Slngz,

Be careful to take advice from us other users here on Travellerspoint - or anywhere else for that matter. A backpack or rucksack is an highly individual item, and you should really try several brands to make sure you find the one that fits you best.

I can recommend a brand though, Osprey. I use their Aether 70 pack myself, and I couldn't to with any other bag. Many people have tried my pack, and most agree with me. It's something about the waist-band that incredibly comfy. Check out Maybe the Aether or the Argon series would fit you?