I am planning a trip round Asia for six months, leaving in February. I have been reading up on backpacks (rucksacks?) but am finding the advice (in the nature of advice, I suppose) contradictory.
I am strong for my size but on the other hand will be packing very lightly, as I am aware lots of what I'll need will be readily available. We are planning to spend about a month each in India, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. We hope to fly as little as possible - except to India and home from Thailand but we are aware we might need to fly over Burma.
I have been trying to research which backpack would be right for me but feel the need to ask some advice - I have been recommended sizes between 40l and 90l! What is the correct size for this kind of trip? And which brands do people find durable but not cripplingly expensive?
Any help would be cherished and appreciated.
I would recommend to take a 40l (max), this will leave even place for souvenirs or other stuff you'll buy along the way.
I travel with a bag of around 35l, which weights 8-9 kg, and a bag like this is very handy on busrides, to take a rickshaw, to look for a hostel,...
Most experienced travellers and regulars here recommend 35-45 liters.
90 liters is for climbing Mt Everest or for the completely unexperienced who "want to be prepared for everything" and thus take
"whatever they might need", ie far too much.
I'm 5ft 1" and find that anything over 40L is too much. Have a look at this thread too.
Thanks so much everyone - excellent advice. 40l it is.
@bex76 thanks for the link.
OK so have now done more reading, and visited a couple of outdoor stores. What I learned there was that the store assistants didn't seem to know anything about rucksacks and that the range was awful. I tried on a Eurohike Pathfinder 35 (probably too small?) and a couple of others but they didn't seem to have any 40l packs.
I think I have settled on a Berghaus Arête 45.
Thanks again for your time everyone!