Skip Navigation

What size backpack should I take.

Travel Forums Travel Gear What size backpack should I take.

1. Posted by lfcfanuk (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y

As I am leaving to travel for 12 months I am now looking at getting my backpack sorted out.

Problem is I am not sure what size to get. I am assuming my clothes will be the main items that take up space but I am a lad so its not like I need to take a wardrobe or anything :-)

I have been looking at the Karrimore Couger 60-70 but I thinks its going to be a bit big. I want to get a high quality backpack to make sure I have as little issues as possible with it over the course of the year. Then I can use it if I go away again.

What size of backpack does anyone else take??

I was thinking of getting a 45 -50 litre backpack but thought that might be a bit to small however I have never travelled before so I am unsure.

Any suggestions would be extremly welcome

2. Posted by lfcfanuk (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y

Oh dear... me being lazy again:)

just saw the travel gear forum so I think I better have a read there first

3. Posted by lfcfanuk (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y

I am going for a 50 +10.. Fingers crossed its big enoguh :)

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2001 posts) 6y

I like to carry on - 35 or 40 max

5. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

It's what you can handle, rather than what's the best.
Check out Wynnster (cheap and excellent quality), rather than Karrimore - which is rather more name than good quality.

6. Posted by llucy (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

I took at 60 + 15 and i struggled to zip it up every day ha x

7. Posted by walker11 (Budding Member 9 posts) 6y

Go in for a big backpack which having wheels underneath. This way whenever it is possible, you can simply drag it along and can give your back some rest.

8. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 6y

As flyingbob says, it's a case of how much you are comfortable carrying. As I'm only 5ft 1" I found that I struggled with 55L so now I try to travel with 40L if I can; that's easy enough if you are only going to warmer destinations where you need thinner clothes but might be harder for you if you're going for 12 months and probably experiencing different climates.

9. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 6y

Hi, I'm off to New Zealand in December, and my backpack is 55L. But I read somewhere that once you have packed, walk around the block, then see what you can remove. The more space you have the more things you will want to put in.

I took a warm jacket to Australia and wore it about 3 times, it was a few days before summer. Had to cart it around everywhere with me :( Also, in Australia you really don't need a sleeping bag, most hostels don't let you use them because of bed bugs.

10. Posted by lfcfanuk (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y

Cheers for your advice peeps :-)

Bag arrived today and really happy with it. It was 55 +15, fits me perfectly.

Going to pack some stuff in it and go for a trail run or should I say walk ha ah