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

I just had to tell you all that last night my friend and I decided to do a "dummy run" with a back pack that I use for the gym, must be no more than 22L and we fitted all my clothing that I'd want to be travelling with plus a large book and loads of toileteries ... and we still had room at the top!!! Haha I was so pleased, now i definately know that a 45L will be plenty big enough.

I went looking at packs yesterday and the guy in the shop (an experienced traveller) advised me to gather all the stuff I intend to travel with and half it, then bag it to get a rough idea on the size of backpack I will need ....

.... I'd reccommend everybody to do this before choosing a pack. This way you get a better idea of exactly what size you'll need rather than what size you "think" you might need!

Also Ive been advised to make sure your pack is full rather than half empty as it'll carry better and support your back properly.

Happy packing!!!

Nics

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 8, 2008, at 3:03 PM by nics26 ]

12. Posted by Leanne81 (Budding Member 39 posts) 8y

Hey,

I've been having the backpack dilemma this week too. I've tried upteen on and couldn't decide as i wasn't sure how much room i would need. So i bought an Osprey backpack 80l which has wheels. I made sure that i could get a refund from the shop before buying. So i brought i home and packed it. Now i'm a girl who likes here clothes and jewellery and unfortunately they don't sell Mary Poppins bags in the shop. I found this is more than enough room. I'm actually considering taking it back and getting the smaller size which is 60l with a small backpack attached.

Q. The osprey bag i have bought has the option for wheeling like a case or a backpack, which i feel is ideal for me as i don't have strong arms and would probably do myself an injury constantly pulling the bag up! I probably am going to go for the smaller option! However, it was brought to my intention that because this is one of the better and expensive bags / makes and might make it more appealing to be stolen or someone to think i have money - which i don't. Would i be better just going for a normal backpack option? I've seen a vango one which i like for about £70 but it doesn't have wheels.

What do you think? Keep the osprey (the smaller one) with wheels or go for the cheaper back pack one which i think may cause me an injury!
:):):)

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

Quoting Leanne81

What do you think? Keep the osprey (the smaller one) with wheels or go for the cheaper back pack one which i think may cause me an injury!
:):):)

hey, well I know that I was the one asking the questions in the beginning, but from what I've been recommended already I can tell you that the smaller the better...pretty much. 80L is huge! 60 might be a better fit for you. You also have to remember that although you may not be a body builder and have huge arms, good bags are designed with 'hip belts' which take the load away from your shoulders, and put it by your hips. Girls just so happen to be hip strong!
So ya, to answer your question a bit more clearly, check out some smaller bags, and try to max yourself at 60L. Having a bag with a detachable day pack is super key as well.

Also, how long are you gone for?

14. Posted by Leanne81 (Budding Member 39 posts) 8y

Yeh the backpacks are fine it's the humphing them up to my back which is the problem. I'm still not sure and only have one week left to take the other one back.:)

I'm offf to Oz, NZ and Thailand in Feb. Initally booked for 6 months but hope to stay longer!

15. Posted by Highfall (Full Member 26 posts) 8y

If you have test packed the bag and walked around with it and found it uncomfortable, you should definitely get a new one!

Having wheels on the backpack is great at airports, as long as you are fine with how it feels on your back as well (which is where you will be having it the most!)

You gotta remember that you might be packing more stuff at the end of the trip then what you started out with, so extra room is always nice. I've found that 60-70 liters are great for very long trips, you have plenty of room to pack what you need, and still have leftover space for things you might end up wanting to bring back :)

Just be sure you don't pack over the max weight set by the airliner, or be prepared to pay an extra weight fee

16. Posted by bradshaw (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

Leanne,

There is a better way to put on a backpack:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DQaAFScbFc

But if you're concerned about injuring yourself, eventhough the risk may be remote, it probably will happen. Then you'll beat yourself up about choosing a backpack. So, go with the wheelie. People do it successfully.

Aaron

17. Posted by Odysseas (Full Member 1359 posts) 8y

Gash, guys, I've been away from here for years, and this is still going. Seems like some things will always be on travellers' minds.

Te backpack size is (as it has been said, more or less) depending not so much on the trip, but mostly on the bacpacker, according to me. What matters is not where you're going but how much comfort you like. I know a guy who's walked through Siberia with a 15 L backpack, taking with him only a sleeping bag, a small tent and a warm jacket.

Then again, the shorter the trip is, the less you need, of course. So I'd say: Don't chose the backpack first. Chose what you really want to take (be reasonable! ), then choose a backpack where you can put it all, and let it be a bit bigger than all that, allowing room for food and water, and any extra. Having your backpack a bit bigger than you need it will also make the morning pack-up a lot easier than it is with a one you can't find a way to close, at the same as it'll make it more comfortable to have on your back. Of course, be careful not to let yourself tempted by this left space to fill it up with useless stuff ;)

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

Quoting Odysseas

Then again, the shorter the trip is, the less you need, of course.

I've been wondering about that, actually (mind, I just bought my first travel backpack, so I've little experience in it). It seems to me, as I make my list, that there are some staples you need whether you're travelling 3 weeks or three months, like: a towel, sleeping bag, toiletries, a few t-shirts, shorts, pants, sandals, bathing suit, travel docs, sweater, jacket, etc.

So the bag gets equally full no matter how long you travel. The only difference is that you wash everything every so often when you travel for longer periods. I'd guess the only exception is if you're travelling in vastly different temperatures.

Am I way off? You're timing is great, Fred--I was contemplating that very thing at the camping store on the weekend.

19. Posted by Odysseas (Full Member 1359 posts) 8y

there are some staples you need whether you're travelling 3 weeks or three months, like: a towel, sleeping bag, toiletries, a few t-shirts, shorts, pants, sandals, bathing suit, travel docs, sweater, jacket, etc.

See, Tina, that's what my "be reasonable" was about

For a three weeks trip, going to south Africa, I assume you don't need more than two T-shirts, you can chose wether one pair of pants or one pair of shorts, a sweater or a jacket, etc... I know I'm being a bit hard here. But you're going for a backpack trip, right? And anyway, all your list up there could be considered (if we were to be nice) as the basic necessary stuff, and would all go into some 30 L backpack easily. The long trips I'm talking about where you need a bigger pack are the ones when you need to cook, when you have use for a long strong rope, dry food, a tent, a machet, well, you see you what I mean.

And of course, in your case, I would go for a 90 L bacpack, where you could put all your stuff for two people, and Neil would carry it around. Irish lads ain't afraid of nothin', plus he must prove he loves you. ;)

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

Quoting Odysseas

For a three weeks trip, going to south Africa, I assume you don't need more than two T-shirts, you can chose wether one pair of pants or one pair of shorts, a sweater or a jacket, etc... I know I'm being a bit hard here. But you're going for a backpack trip, right? And anyway, all your list up there could be considered (if we were to be nice) as the basic necessary stuff, and would all go into some 30 L backpack easily. The long trips I'm talking about where you need a bigger pack are the ones when you need to cook, when you have use for a long strong rope, dry food, a tent, a machet, well, you see you what I mean.

Ah--I follow you now.

Actually, I got a 35L pack and Neal already has a 40L pack. We got teenie, tiny sleeping bags and I've rounded up 3-week-sized supplies (like shampoo, contact solution and so on) to keep the weight and space down to a minimum. Every trip I take I cut down a little more. I think this is the one that will test me the most! My main preoccupation is that we can't toddle off to the pharmacy is we're missing anything, so I've got to make sure I have every necessity (and yes, the hair dryer is staying at home!). ;)