Skip Navigation

Rucksack Size & Strategies

Travel Forums Travel Gear Rucksack Size & Strategies

1. Posted by heda (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi all

This might be in the wrong forum but WTH!

My GF and I are heading off RTW in November calling at various countries over the course of about 10 months. We'll be spending the bulk of this time on a Working Holiday Visa in Australia.

The guy in the local shop was trying to sell me the Jalan 70 + 15.

Am I mad in thinking I don't need that big of a bag. I mean, its only a spare pair of jeans, some T-Shirts, a Jumper and some underwear and a change of footwear? Right?

Also, I really want a bag I can put the netbook and the odd book into for taking on planes etc. As such I'm considering running with two bags, a main pack of maybe 45 or 50L and a day sack of say 15 or 20L that can double up as a city tour bag.

I really like the look of the Berghaus Arete 45 or the Freeflow IV 50. Any comments?


2. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi there

2 bags is good option as if one misses a plan you always have soem essentials with you. As for main pack, get as small as possible, I took a Berghaus Freeflow 25 + 8 it was plenty for me, (female). The freeflow was comfy and cool in hot climes, I really liked it.

Make sure that you are not overloaded whatever you take as you are a target for pickpockets then.

3. Posted by heda (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the tips fussy,

I'm uber-impressed at a 25 + 8 main pack! My GF is taking a Jalan 55+10 and she reckons that small :-p

I was thinking of a small main sack alright but something maybe in the 40 range since I'll be gone for up to 12 months? I see Berghaus for a 35+8 Ramblesack (maybe you meant 35 rather than 25? just a thought)

Do the smaller Berghaus packs have lockable zips? I guess thats important also and you're right about the pickpockets when I think about it. I was once robbed of my mobile phone in Belfast of all places whilst carrying a laptop and a sports bag - little s**t knew i was too weighed down to chase him!

Thanks again

4. Posted by Appro (Budding Member 41 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

My plan is to take a 40L pack that conforms to carry-on standards. The fave so far is the Lowe Alpine TT Carry-on 40.

I want to keep the packing light as I don't want to lug too much. Plus, I HATE waiting for baggage in airports and I certainly won't need to worry about my stuff being lost by the airline.

5. Posted by heda (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

So I checked out the Berghaus 35+8 today, not sure its quite big enough so perhaps the FreeFlow IV 40+10 is the correct choice for the main 'checked baggage' pack.

For the day pack I looked at the FreeFlow 20L but again felt it might not hold everything I want. There was a regular non-FreeFlow Berghaus 25L pack there which looked the right sort of size but I like the whole rigidity of the FreeFlow back especially as a protector for a netbook, etc. So I guess the FreeFlow 25L is the day pack.

Job done unless someone has a bad experience story with either of these packs?