I'm travelling australia for around 6-24 months only probably be carrying backpack from airport to bus (hostel) & vies versa so won't be doing much walking with it. However I don't want a massive backpack that I chuck loads into and can actually end up carrying it as too heavy so would 55+10 be large enough
I travel indefinitely via hotels/hostels through 3 climates with a 46 litre airline carry-on size backpack with LOTS of room left over - all the cinch straps are yanked to their tightest dimensions so the backpack is really only about 35 litres.
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.
It's easily doable and during your travels you'll see LOTS of experienced backpackers doing the same - or even lighter. Seeing other travellers - especially smaller women - struggle with 60 - 70+ litre backpacks (plus daypacks!) is insane.
Going light makes sense because it allows me to keep my backpack with me (almost) 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, keep with me inside the taxi, stow in a small boat, fit into a tuk-tuk, onto the back of a motorcycle and a million other situations.
Have fun with your research/shopping.
I can't get that link to work, do you have anymore info? I'll be travelling to Hong Kong for 3 days then 2 months in Australia before settling on my WHV. I'm only little (5ft!) and don't want to topple over!
Any advice much appreciated.
I think the reason the link isn't working for Beth is that the osprey website does silly geo-targetting. The "porter series" page says "Series not available in European Markets" and your link gives "Page Not Found".
Beth, simply Google, "Osprey Porter 46." That's one suggestion of many for a decent carry-on sized travel backpack.
Hey Smpix! what a coincidence! I am currently on a RTW trip and my Backpack is the Berghaus 55+10 so i know exactly how it fits and in my opinion is perfect! I bought the female version as i'm tiny, but my friend (a guy) bought the same one and he found it perfect. I think it would be more than enough for your trip. Mine weighted around 13 kg when i departed and i still had some room left.
Consider that i also bought a smaller day backpack (20 lt) and i put the electronics/pc/camera in there, but that's not because of a space issue, only for security purposes as i didn't want to leave my valuable stuff in the main backpack! Hope it helps and enjoy your trip!