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1. Posted by lamar328 (Budding Member 36 posts) 8y

Hey, looking to do a one year trip. Will a 60L bag be sufficient? 50L seemed too small, but 70L+ seemed like it would start getting in the way.

2. Posted by karlyfu (Budding Member 62 posts) 8y

HI,
I had a 75lt one for a 6 mth trip and it was a pain in the back! I am aiming for a 60 lt one this time and hoping to have it half full on departure!

It depends what kind of person you are. If you care for fashion even a little bit ignore the ppl that say 30lt is enough :) I'm all for a lighter pack but seriously who can survive in only those man made fabrics and zip off pants?
If you are planning on packing 3 t-shirts, a pair off zip offs, 2 pair of polyester undies and those hideous Teva sandals (I'm really sorry to those out there who wear them... each to their own. I have seen one pair I like.. they just look like normal flip flops :) :) then you could probably pare right down to a 30 lt

But if you can't live without your fav jeans or that nice button up shirt then I would go for a 55 to 65lt.
I'd be apprehensive about taking a 50lt just because I'd want room for souvenirs. If you could find a 50lt with a 10-15 lt day pack that would be perfect.
I know north face, macpac, osprey, roman, blackwolf, berghaus all do a huge variety of pack sizes and types (eg rucsack, hybrid and travel)

If you're staying in hostels and not camping then you won't need the gear space that a 75 lt has.
Really I guess its not the length of time your going for but what your interested in taking. Really the chances of you not being able to wash some clothes within a week is slim, so if you can fit enough for a week in there its big enough.

I'm in the throws of choosing a pack myself so thats why I have too much to say :)
Good luck and let me know what you choose... I have a feeling I'll finally purchase a brand I haven't heard of and it'll be like 25 lts or something..... bring on the polyester undies

3. Posted by nics26 (Budding Member 55 posts) 8y

Hi peeps,

I too are on the hunt for the perfect backpack for 6 wks in SE Asia (then on to Oz to work, then to NZ and USA, a year in total!).

I have spoken to tons of experienced travellers and have decided to say "sod it" I'll get no more than a 45L pack and make do! I'll wash on the go and re-buy if needs be.
I'll probably take a pair of jeans, a pair of shorts, a few tops, a long top that can double as a dress, some undies and pjs, a pair of flip flops and a waterproof. That will HAVE to do as I have decided that comfort needs to come before style on this trip, lack of clothing doesn't mean lack of style though!!! If I buy souvenirs then I'll post them home, and I'll pack in compression bags to get rid of excess air.

I suppose it all depends on the individual, where your going, what you'll be doing, and of course what you can and can't live without!!! I bet we'll all be surprised by what we can survive on when needs be.

Well good luck guys with your pack search ...

Nics

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 8y

I travelled round SE Asia for 3 months with a 55L and it was ok - I couldn't carry any more as I'm tiny, and couldn't have coped with much less! As a male though, I reckon a max of 65 would be ok - my boyfriend took one this size and he didn't find it too cumbersome.

5. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 7y

Everyone's got a different opinion on this one and it really depends on how much you want to carry and how much fashion luxury you require. Also depends on if you are taking loads of electronics/laptop etc...
For me, I travel simple. I only need enough closes for 3 or 4 days and I can do laundry. I only carry a camera and no other electronics. So I managed just fine for 3 1/2 years in NZ, Australia and Asia, as well as 4 months in Britain, 2 months in South America, and a month in Thailand, with a 38L bag. My girlfriend did just fine as well with the same size bag. I will never take one bigger than that. When I moved to Japan for a year I went with a bag around 70L I think and it was a horrible experience just getting to and from the airport. I'll never do that again.

6. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 7y

Hmmm.....did I seriously just spell "clothes" as "closes". And I've even been an ESL teacher and am currently training to be a high school English teacher. My students'll be talkin' right good if I'm learnin' em like that.
Anyway, where did my power to edit my old posts go?

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 8, 2008, at 5:38 AM by Degolasse ]

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 7y

Quoting Degolasse

Anyway, where did my power to edit my old posts go?

That's only available for an hour after creating the post. (The thinking is that after a short amount of time, the likelihood of typos being spotted and corrected falls off sharply, while the likelihood of larger edits (in heated discussions or whatever) rises steadily, which would lead to likely confusion by other readers if the original post had since been replied to.)

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

May I add on a question here? I've got no info to give but I'm a little clueless!

We're off to South Africa for about 3 weeks on a small, backpack/camping tour. We'll be travelling by Jeep from spot to spot, with a little bit of luggage lugging when we arrive. They highly suggest a backpack as wheels are too cumbersome. However! This will be about the only time I"ll need a backpack (cause I like my wheelie bag too much)--and I don't want to spend a fortune on a one-time-ish thing.

Any recommendations for an inexpensive but tough bag?

What size?

Because a backpack is soft, would anyone recommend having it plastic-wrapped at the airport? It's a 24-hour trip with 2 stopovers... and backpacks are so easy to sneak into...

9. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 7y

Quoting Sander

Quoting Degolasse

Anyway, where did my power to edit my old posts go?

That's only available for an hour after creating the post. (The thinking is that after a short amount of time, the likelihood of typos being spotted and corrected falls off sharply, while the likelihood of larger edits (in heated discussions or whatever) rises steadily, which would lead to likely confusion by other readers if the original post had since been replied to.)

Ah..I had never noticed that before. Thanks for clearing that up.

10. Posted by lamar328 (Budding Member 36 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

Any recommendations for an inexpensive but tough bag?

What size?

check out anything by World Famous, or MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op). They are mid to upper range bags, but it pays off in the end! You can still find some really affordable stuff with them though. The cheap bags tend to have crappy zippers which break, or thin linings which tear.

25-35L should be big enough.