In December I am going to:
Hong Kong - Auckland - Sydney (Australia) - Bangkok (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam)
for 7 months. Now first I was thinking of getting a backpack, but since I am not going to do a lot of trekking I figured a bag that might serve me later as well would be more useful.
So I was thinking of getting one of these:
hmmm seems I can't post pictures, well this is the link http://content.backcountry.com/images/items/large/BUR/BUR3375/BKGRI.jpg
But I am not sure what size to get:
45, 65, 92 or 120 liters
This is what I think I will take with me:
14 pair of boxer-shorts and socks
1 pair of jeans
1 dress shirt
1 or 2 pair of shoes, not sure if I need more formal shoes anywhere along the road or if just sneakers are fine
a 14" laptop
a compact camera
I think that is about it, I think I will also bring a daypack with me though, so I could fit my laptop/cash/camera/books in it. But I am sure a couple of you stood for the same choice, so any help regarding what size to get is appreciated.
45 liters will be big enough for the things you intend to take, especially if you have a daypack too (a daypack typically has 12-25 liters).
One more tip: Instead of the jeans and instead of one of the shorts consider getting a zip-off pant. It will be lighter and more comfortable in hot humid climates.
I would also recommend bringing less boxer shorts (7-10 maybe) and less T-shirts (4-5 max). If you find that you really need more you should be able to buy stuff very cheap in Hongkong or Thailand. There is also the option of washing things in the sink, hair shampoo usually works well for that.
Instead of flip flops consider taking Teva hiking sandals, they are more versatible than flip-flops. Depending on where you are going and what you plan to do I would recommend taking leather loafers or chucks instead of sneakers. It is not bc I think you need formal shoes, but bc I think that during most of your trip closed shoes will be too warm. If you take Teva sandals chances are good you'll be carrying your other pair of shoes in your bag a lot, so it would make sense to bring shoes that aren't as bulky as sneakers.
No coat? It does rain now and again...
I'd recommend taking half as many socks as boxers: you won't be wearing socks with your flip flops. Or will you?
I'd recommend a cardigan rather than a hoodie. At least then you can unzip it if it starts to warm up and still have something on your arms.
[ Edit: Edited on 02-Oct-2010, at 12:54 by jstarbuck ]
On the subject of your bag: I've travelled in developing countries and for these places I usually recommend taking a backpack. These rolling upright suitcases are usuallly only very good if the road is good too. However if the road is packed dirt and asphalt littered with trash and potholes large enough to swallow your suitcase you wish for a sturdy lightweight backpack.
In other words: the bag you picked is great for Hong Kong - Auckland - Sydney (Australia) - Bangkok, but it will be a bit of a hassle for the rest of your trip.
Thanks everyone for the replies, although they were a bit late since I already purchased a bag .
Anyways I opted for one of those split rolling bags. It's a 70 liter one, although I personally think it is too small to be 70 liters. But I found the 50 liter ones too small, oh well guess I'll end up taking more than I should now. On the plus side, I will come back packing some serious strenght from carrying this bag around with one arm over the mud puddles and whatever other obstacles me and my rolling bag might encounter.
Thanks for all the other tips though:
Socks: Haven't thought about that, guess I could do with less socks
Shoes: I do have chucks and vans, but I always prefer nike's (Air max 1) when I have to walk a few miles extra. But might just opt for the chucks, not sure yet.
The hiking sandals is where I draw the line between comfort over looks though.
Cardigan vs hoody, sorry I should have been more specific, I meant a zip hoody. I just got a lightweight zip hoody that is still quite warm and seems great for flights and if it ever gets chilly at night.
And a jacket, should I really bring a rain jacket? It isn't the rainy season when I'm there right? And I could just do some indoor activities if the weather starts acting up, but it is another tip I'll keep in mind!