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1. Posted by zarzarfarmer (Budding Member 23 posts) 1y

Hi there,

Myself and my partner leave the UK in September for a round the work trip and plan to be away for 18 months.

Can anybody please recommend what style/design/make of backpack is best suited to an 18 month trip and what size we should take?

I have been looking at a couple of Berghaus Free flow options varying from 30L - 45L. I'm concerned that if I take anything larger, I will fill it with unnecessary things and live to regret it but please shout up if you think this is too small a bag for the duration that we plan to be away.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

best wishes :-)

2. Posted by Packbacker26 (Budding Member 47 posts) 1y

I just did an 8 month RTW with the North Face big shot. Which if I recall is 30 L. So while you have me by 10 months that just means you will have to cycle through (buy and get rid of old) more often. Unless you don't mind wearing the same few things for months. It's definitely possible and I'm convinced I can go smaller. No baggage fees and easy on travel days. Plus people will be impressed everytime they see your bag! Go light

3. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1644 posts) 1y

Ditto above. In my opinion, travelling light is the only way to go. A quick Google will bring up dozens and dozens of options/opinions for lightweight travel:

http://www.onebag.com/
http://www.ricksteves.com/
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/europe/travel-tips-and-articles/76104
http://www.ridiculouslyextraordinary.com/how-to-pack-ultra-light/
http://www.travelite.org/

I travel indefinitely via hotels/hostels through warmish climates with a 46 litre carry-on size backpack with LOTS of room left over inside - my cinches are all pulled to the maximum tightness.

That's including a set of nice clothes to crash an Embassy party or high-end club, normal day-to-day casual and hiking wear, beach clothes, personal hygiene products and everything else you need to be safe/comfortable plus a laptop, digital still/video package and all the peripherals.

During your travels you'll see lots of experienced backpackers doing the same - and many (especially going to places like SE Asia and/or without the camera/video/laptop stuff) will be quite a bit lighter than me.

I love going light because it allows me to keep my backpack with me all the time - no checking it into the baggage space under the bus where it's out of my sight and out of my control - and it's obviously way easier/faster to navigate a crowded train aisle, stow in a small boat, fit into a tuk-tuk, onto the back of a motorcycle and a million other situations. I'm also a bit of an organizational freak and love jumping on last-minute travel options and hauling a giant backpack would make everything way more complicated and ungainly.

Believe me, when you see other people - especially small girls - struggling with 60, 70 and 80 litre backpacks (plus daypacks!! insane!!) you'll thank your lucky stars you're not also buried under a pile of useless crap and weight...

Have fun with your research.

Cheers
Terry

4. Posted by zarzarfarmer (Budding Member 23 posts) 1y

Quoting Packbacker26

I just did an 8 month RTW with the North Face big shot. Which if I recall is 30 L. So while you have me by 10 months that just means you will have to cycle through (buy and get rid of old) more often. Unless you don't mind wearing the same few things for months. It's definitely possible and I'm convinced I can go smaller. No baggage fees and easy on travel days. Plus people will be impressed everytime they see your bag! Go light

Thank you so much :-)

5. Posted by zarzarfarmer (Budding Member 23 posts) 1y

Quoting CheersT

Ditto above. In my opinion, travelling light is the only way to go. A quick Google will bring up dozens and dozens of options/opinions for lightweight travel:

http://www.onebag.com/
http://www.ricksteves.com/
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/europe/travel-tips-and-articles/76104
http://www.ridiculouslyextraordinary.com/how-to-pack-ultra-light/
http://www.travelite.org/

I travel indefinitely via hotels/hostels through warmish climates with a 46 litre carry-on size backpack with LOTS of room left over inside - my cinches are all pulled to the maximum tightness.

That's including a set of nice clothes to crash an Embassy party or high-end club, normal day-to-day casual and hiking wear, beach clothes, personal hygiene products and everything else you need to be safe/comfortable plus a laptop, digital still/video package and all the peripherals.

During your travels you'll see lots of experienced backpackers doing the same - and many (especially going to places like SE Asia and/or without the camera/video/laptop stuff) will be quite a bit lighter than me.

I love going light because it allows me to keep my backpack with me all the time - no checking it into the baggage space under the bus where it's out of my sight and out of my control - and it's obviously way easier/faster to navigate a crowded train aisle, stow in a small boat, fit into a tuk-tuk, onto the back of a motorcycle and a million other situations. I'm also a bit of an organizational freak and love jumping on last-minute travel options and hauling a giant backpack would make everything way more complicated and ungainly.

Believe me, when you see other people - especially small girls - struggling with 60, 70 and 80 litre backpacks (plus daypacks!! insane!!) you'll thank your lucky stars you're not also buried under a pile of useless crap and weight...

Have fun with your research.

Cheers
Terry

Thank you so much for your detailed reply Terry, I think it's fair to say I'm not going to take anything bigger than 35 L and I hadn't thought about navigating our way on cramped trains, tuk tuks etc so great advise. Thanks so much.:)

6. Posted by Wanderled (Budding Member 22 posts) 1y

I personally have loved every Osprey item I have owned. I highly suggest looking into their products for a backpack!

Best of Luck,
Sarah Waugaman

7. Posted by Lazhar (Budding Member 16 posts) 1y

I am doing my trip, currently in Boston, MA. My rucksack is amaing (lowe alpine cerro torre 65:85)

8. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1644 posts) 1y

Dear Lazhar,

Your backpack is (in my opinion) amazingly, ridiculously and incomprehensibly gigantic for "normal" travel use. I can't imagine trying to travel with such a monstrosity strapped onto my back.

Different strokes though... we all have different needs... I'm happy you're happy...

Cheers,
Terry

PS I used an earlier version of your Cerro Torre to go to Everest Base Camp several years ago... it was perfect for that job... it's an indestructible piece of hardware for hauling huge volume/weight.

9. Posted by zarzarfarmer (Budding Member 23 posts) 1y

Hi all,

Thank you for your comments and feedback so far.

I think I have my choices narrowed down to 2 options.

My first option is the womens berghaus freeflow 30+6 litre backpack
http://store.berghaus.com/p/day-sacks/womens-freeflow-30-plus-6-rucksack/434552/

The second is a new find, a 40L Ventura rucksack by Mountain Warehouse
http://www.mountainwarehouse.com/travel/backpacks/medium-30l-45l/venture-40-rucksack-p3332.aspx

Please could you kindly let me know which you think would be the better options? Both have lots of pockets, are comfortable and have the airflow system.

Thanks so much,

Z

10. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1644 posts) 1y

I wouldn't choose either because they're not travel backpacks, they're top-loading backpacks designed for hiking.

If you're planning on doing a lot of trekking then either would be fine though. You have to try them on, load them up and give them a test in order to determine which one fits you best.

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry