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1. Posted by roxy85 (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

Hey, just wondering what the general opinion is on backpack size?

Im going on a RTW trip for 12 months and i was hoping to take a 40L size backpack but is this really unrealistic??!

I went window shopping for one on saturday and a few guys in the shop told me this would be way too small and I should go for a 60L??? :(

I was hoping to be one of those light travellers who are the envy of many with their reasonably small backpacks, but knowing what im like (a bit of a hoarder but i was aiming to go minimalistic!!) maybe a 60L one is best after all?

Id love to hear what you all think.

Thanks

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

I would say that 40L is just about right. Naturally the guy in the shop would try to sell you something larger, but less is better in my opinion. I personally go with a 30L one. I use a good North Face 30L pack and inside I use the Eagle Creek Pack-It System so I can pull out all my shirts in one easy motion. Get one with a mesh back so the sweat will not cause problems, and mesh pockets are wonderful for wet towels/swim gear.

3. Posted by roxy85 (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

Thanks, i thought that 40L would be a nice size, i dont want anything too big.
When i came back from a holiday in Thailand i saw 2 girls with HUGE backpacks on them, they mustve been more than 70L!
Do you find that North Face make good packs? Only the 40L one i saw was the North Face Terra one.
Id be much happier taking a smaller one, as long as i thought it would be bug enough for all the essentials and maybe anything i may pick up on the way x

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

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=62189#Post6

5. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 7y

I would go with the 30L. I use the Kelty Goshawk pack, it is 36L. It was great for a 4 month trip through many different temperatures and weather. It is a great size and makes things easy on crowded buses and travelling.. and it is super comfortable..

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 7y

Personally if you are planning to be a tourist rather than spend most your time working 40L would be way too little. I travelled for 7 months and found my 75L pack was barely enough to get me by and I wasn't carrying a Laptop or any large equipment etc. Sometimes (like when doing the W Trek in Patagonia) I would have loved a smaller backpack but the majority of the time I wouldn't have gone much if any smaller.

For people planning to stay put in a place for prelonged periods of time then something like 40L might be OK.

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Jul-2009, at 04:29 by aharrold45 ]

7. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Quoting aharrold45

Personally if you are planning to be a tourist rather than spend most your time working 40L would be way too little ... For people planning to stay put in a place for prelonged periods of time then something like 40L might be OK.

Honest question: What more does anyone need to move that they don't need to stay still? We eat, we sleep, we wash?

I doubt I use 60+ litres of stuff at home, so why commit myself to carrying it? And stuff can be bought if needed.

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Jul-2009, at 06:05 by fabyomama ]

8. Posted by MikeAllen (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

Me and my girlfriend are going to aus in september for a year... I have a 70L and she has a 60L were also planning on doing asia after for about 6 months hopefully will be ok ;)

9. Posted by roxy85 (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

Quoting aharrold45

Personally if you are planning to be a tourist rather than spend most your time working 40L would be way too little.

I will be working in Australia, but surely even if im planning on being a tourist more than work then i still wouldnt need that much more, i'd just need to wash my clothes more often??
Feel free to correct me, sorry if ive misunderstood your statement!

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Jul-2009, at 07:01 by roxy85 ]

10. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

Quoting roxy85

I will be working in Australia, but surely even if im planning on being a tourist more than work then i still wouldnt need that much more, i'd just need to wash my clothes more often??
Feel free to correct me, sorry if ive misunderstood your statement!

I think you'll be fine- obviously, depending on what work you're planning on doing, you don't need that much, and you can always pick up a few things from Australia as well. I didn't take too many clothes, just enough for travelling in the beginning, and one outfit that was slightly more "dressy" for job interviews. After I got a job, I picked up a few cheap things that lasted me nicely whilst I worked. And by the time I finished, I was so fed up with all the things I had, I was glad to throw them out/ donate them away!