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1. Posted by Ryan-2015 (Budding Member 12 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Can anyone suggest any decent backpack / rucksacks for backpacking around Australia and Asia?

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 939 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

About any backpack or rucksack will do. The important thing is not to carry too much. So don't buy too big a bag. If you forget something, you can always buy it in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. It also could be cheaper, too. I was in Australia and New Zealand last year and was impressed with the offerings in the numerous outdoor stores such as Kathmandu. Besides your main bag, I suggest carrying a small daypack. There is a UK manufacturer, Aquapac, that makes excellent waterproof daypacks that can be rolled up (once you take out the removable backing). It's perfect for hikes and sea-going adventures; and will protect your camera and other valuables.

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4. Posted by travelibro1 (Inactive 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

1. Berghaus Verden
2. Berghaus Torridon
3. Berghaus Motive
4. Berghaus C7
5. North Face Terra
6. Karrimor Global Venture
7. Karrimor Global Tropic
8. Vango Pumori
9. Berghaus Jalan II
10. Osprey Farpoint

5. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 931 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I don't think the list from #4 is a lot of help. Many of those are mountaineering rucksacks not travel packs, and are mostly on the large side at 70litres or more.

Personally I prefer the features you get on a travel pack. Lockable zips, front loading, not too many dangly straps, security lashing points.

The Osprey Farpoint 55 is my favourite of the suggestions - at 40+15 litres it's more of a sensible size.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Mar-2016, at 11:21 by Andyf ]

6. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Here's my cut & paste rant about travelling light...


First of all, whether you're travelling for 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years your backpack size doesn't change - you're bringing exactly the same stuff for a short trip or a long trip. The only exception would be if you're camping or travelling in really cold climates, obviously that makes a difference.

I travel independently for indefinite periods (several months at a time) via hotels/hostels through 3 climates with a carry-on size 46 litre 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.

I have a separate daypack that fits inside the main backpack. I use it to carry all my essentials when the main backpack is in an overhead bin, etc.

It's easily doable and you'll see LOTS of experienced backpackers doing the same - and in warm climates going even lighter. Seeing other travellers - especially smaller women - struggle with 60-70-80 litre backpacks (usually with additional daypacks!) is insane.

Going light makes sense to me because it allows me to keep my backpack with me (almost) all the time - it's carry-on size for aircraft, it doesn't need to be checked 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.

Here's a couple of suggestions to get you started with your research on carry-on sized travel backpacks:

Everyone's needs/requirements are different though... different strokes for different folks... Have fun with your shopping/research.

Good luck and travel safe.


7. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 931 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I just really wish the likes of Osprey would produce something smaller like the 40 with an integral daypack. Say a 32+8. Like you, Terry, I end up stowing my daypack inside the main bag, it's not a neat solution.

8. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Actually, I dislike the external attached daypacks. The design is inherently bad because it puts weight out further from your spine and when you're walking around unless you attach the daypack on the front then your valuables are out of your sight and control. I don't like any of those options.

My Porter 46 has so much unused space that packing the daypack inside is no big deal...


9. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 931 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

What I'd like is a daypack with decent straps and as well made as a travel pack, with an extender beneath to turn it into a main pack.

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