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11. Posted by ShellbyFay (Budding Member 41 posts) 3y

Hi Bluetemplediver,

Thank you for your response.
The backpack you describe is the exact one Terry has convinced me to buy, but I am buying the smaller version. I am buying the Farpoint 40. I've heard great things about Osprey bags, I'm yet to see a bad comment about them, so I have complete faith that Terry has put me on the right track.
Maybe I will just have to use my funky new Osprey bag to travel to Canada after my year in NZ aye Terry!

Here's hoping your 6 month wait flies by Bluetemplediver, where are you going?

12. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 3y

Actually Shellby, all three are different backpacks.

1.) The backpack bluetemplediver is referring to is the Farpoint 55.

2.) The backpack I've been commenting on is the Porter 46.

3.) Your first link was to the Farpoint 40... which has a laptop compartment taking up space inside inside... although you only have an iPad mentioned on your equipment list...

Hope I haven't made it even more confusing, haha...

Cheers,
Terry

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Sep-2013, at 14:15 by CheersT ]

13. Posted by ShellbyFay (Budding Member 41 posts) 3y

I've ordered the wrong one... Oh bubbles!!
I thought about using the laptop bit for a book, maps and my iPad and general paper bits i might need, just to make the most of that space and keep as much organisation as possible...?

Either way, the 46L one you suggest isn't available in Europe according to the osprey website and I can only find it on eBay in the uk, which I don't trust as I saw on the osprey website that there are fakes on eBay.

I'll just pack up the 40L when it arrives, if its too small then it's back to square one. But if a 46L can be used as carry on, then I'm sure a 40L could be! :)

14. Posted by Jonell (Budding Member 24 posts) 3y

Your best bet is to look at bags in a store so you won't end getting your bag through the mail and finding it is not what you thought it would be. I really think you should reconsider packing up the shampoo and all of that too, you really ought to just grab that stuff when you get there since you'll be there a year.

15. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 3y

"... Your best bet is to look at bags in a store so you won't end getting your bag through the mail and finding it is not what you thought it would be..."

Of course that's always the best option, but when the nearest store is a 3 hour drive sometimes you have to roll the dice.

That's NOT a big deal when it's a small carry-on sized backpack for travel (that you only carry for short periods) and not a "real" backpack for hiking/trekking (that lives on your back for hours/days/weeks at a time.)

Cheers,
Terry

16. Posted by ShellbyFay (Budding Member 41 posts) 3y

Quoting Jonell

Your best bet is to look at bags in a store so you won't end getting your bag through the mail and finding it is not what you thought it would be. I really think you should reconsider packing up the shampoo and all of that too, you really ought to just grab that stuff when you get there since you'll be there a year.

Thanks for your response Jonell. You make some good points, but as I stated and as Terry has reiterated, the nearest store from me is a 3 hour drive, and it's just the one store there isn't even a bunch of travel stores in the same area. I made a specific trip to this store yesterday to find there was only a choice of 6 smaller bags, 6 large nearly the size of me bags a d there was only 1 suitable for carry on. It was the staff member that suggested I purchase a bag online as it is easier to send back if it is not right.

I'm pretty sure it is the Farpoint 40 that Terry recommended to another user here, and that is linked in my very first post on this thread. The Porter 46 isn't available in my country, so I'll just have to wait and see.

In regards to shampoo, I did really think hard about whether to wait and buy some when I got there, but since I've never travelled before and I won't have a clue where anything is when I get there I'd rather just take smaller bottles of what I need, plus ill more than likely want a hot shower as soon as I reach my hostel and don't want to think about faffing around finding shampoo on my first day!

17. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 3y

"... I'm pretty sure it is the Farpoint 40 that Terry recommended to another user here..."

Nope, I don't like that bag, Shellby. I've only ever recommended the Porter 46.

Cheers,
Terry

18. Posted by Rachel_K (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y

It's really tricky getting a backpack that will be small enough to meet carry on restrictions, but hopefully if you pack light enough, you should be fine!

Roll your clothes instead of folding them and you'll be surprised at how much you'll be able to fit in there, you could also buy compression sacks to help minimise the size of your gear.

Let us know how you get on with the bag!

19. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 640 posts) 3y

Hi Shellby

Sounds like you've embraced the "travel light" concept, but a couple of comments. ..

Camera, phone, ipad and 3 chargers. Maybe you can roll your technology into one device - I switched to a galaxy note phone that does all three for me, combined with a worldwide usb charger. Even if you don't combine devices could one usb charger work across them all?

Re travel sizes of all the gloopy toiletries. Just noting that you're probably going to replenish them with full size ones along the way so they'll take up more room. And you'll be carrying guidebooks, snacks, drinks, tickets, etc so budget some space for all that. I liked when someone said they'd ditch their makeup regime while travelling, made sense to me.

Good luck in NZ - brilliant choice. Strong chance you'll think about staying forever!

Andy

20. Posted by ShellbyFay (Budding Member 41 posts) 3y

Hi Andy,
Thank you for your response.
Come to think you of it, you're quite right about all the technology. I've managed to get it down to my samsung galaxy (for calls, texts and smaller camera) and my ipad (for skyping, blogging, emailing, researching and better quality camera). Both of these connect up to a main charger head by a usb, so that's gotten it down to two wires and a charger plug. Happy days!

I would ditch my make-up regime altogether, but I thought that was too extreme. I'm still me and wearing make-up everyday is part of my personality. Thankfully my make-up is very minimal anyways, so I won't be taking bucket loads.

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