Ok so I'm heading out to Oz on whv in four days. Now that I have packed my rucksack it seams massive and I'm not sure carrying it will be the easiest (i'm only 5ft 2). Anyone else had this issue. It seams pretty heavy but haven't packed loads of stuff just essentials so taking stuff out isn't really an option :-(
My pack is 65 litre karimor and has all the adjusting straps and backsupport however it still is really daunting, thinking of switching to a wheeled suitcase ? Is this a wise idea it should I try persevere with the backpack.
What kind of travel are you doing or are you moving to Australia for an extended period?
A 65 litre backpack that's crammed full is crazy for anyone on a normal backpacking trip... for someone who's only 5'2" it's insane...
Whoops, I see you're on a WHV so I assume you're moving to Australia for an extended period, correct? Do you plan on staying in one place the entire time?
Even so, that backpack is giant for someone as small as you. Remember, there are shops and stores in Australia... you don't have to bring everything with you...
Good luck with getting organized.
Thanks for they reply, I'm going to be doing some traveling for the first few months but not sure where yet then settle somewhere for work.
I know! The pack isn't completely full either and have tightened the compression straps but its nearly the length of me. Which is starting to panic me a little as I just don't see how I will be able to maneuver with this!
Like I mentioned above that backpack is insanely huge for someone as small as you are. You have to start over with your packing and reconsider everything that you're taking because I guarantee that at least half of the stuff in your backpack right now is absolutely unnecessary.
Remember that it's very easy to hotel/hostel through warmish countries for an indefinite period of time with a 40 litre backpack with LOTS of room leftover.
There's a zillion "minimal packing lists" on almost every travel forum in existence, do some Googling and get some ideas. Here a couple:
I had never even traveled with a wheeled suitcase until last year. I have to say it's so much easier than a backpack in many situations. Standing in those damn airline check in lines and wheeling your suitcase is sooo much easier than dragging a backpack where constantly falls over. The only times a backpack becomes more convenient is for getting up stairs, or moving around town by foot and in those cases a suitcase can become downright inconvenient.
That's probably not much help to you, as it's hard to anticipate just what sort of moving around you will be doing.
If you go with the backpack, is it possible to just mail some of your stuff from home to yourself in Aus? You can mail it Poste Restante which means the post office of your choosing in Australia will hold it until you pick it up. Of course you will still be faced with having a bunch of shit to lug around once you pick it all up, but by then maybe you can use a backpackers as a base and they will store the stuff you don't need at that moment.
If you have any intentions of going anywhere else other than OZ don't do the rolley bag, its just embarrassing watching people roll something behind them. It defeats the whole purpose of being a backpacker. Australia is fine because I'm assuming your buying a car so your bag will just sit in there. But if you go any where else in this world where your relying on busses and walking with your bag, the last thing you want to do is head down a rocky hill side with a rolling bag.
I'll go for back pack. Much lighter, easier to carry around while traveling. Will be forced to bring on essentials and important stuff only. No over packing.
Whatever you do, don't try using a collapsible luggage dolly with a pack to try to get the best of both worlds. I tried it and the pack kept falling off the dolly while I walked, making it a much bigger hassle than doing a pack alone or a wheeled bag. If you are healthy and pack lightly, a backpack is probably more convenient. If you have knee or back issues like myself, use a wheeled bag and deal with the inevitable stairs.