How heavy is your pack?

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1. Posted by sanquar (Full Member 63 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Well I'm just doing a trial run with my pack and with camera gear and everything else, I've some in at 19kgs (42lb). How does this sound?

How much does your pack weigh for a RTW trip?


2. Posted by sanquar (Full Member 63 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

it's 9kgs without the extra camera gear and dive gear... hmmm will it be too heavy at 20kgs?

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5753 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

The big pack that goes as checked in luggage in planes is usually hovering around 20.5kg. Just enough to always squeak by without me having to pay for going over the 20kg limit. Mostly it varies depending on how long it's been since I sent the last box of books home (I read a lot, used bookstores don't pay nearly enough, and I want these books in my personal library anyway - so in between boxes, I carry a few kg extra books with me).
Then I have my "daypack" with all my valuables (camera gear, laptop) plus necessities and random stuff (especially when taking a bus), which I have never weighed, and pretend to be only 5-6 kg, but which I suspect to get up to 8kg at times.

I guess what is "too" heavy depends mostly on how you'll be traveling. I only ever trudge around with both bags when moving from transport to hostel, and although sometimes that's an invigoratingly long walk, it's been infrequent enough that I haven't had much complaints. (Or I guess I should say that I've been succesful at suppressing any such complaints from memory.) :)
If on the other hand you expect to go on long walks _with_ the big backpack, especially over uneven terrain, then I suspect 20kg would be somewhat on the heavy side.

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Mine is usually around 20kg when packed. However when I've squeezed a couple of more kgs in, it tends to avoid excess charges

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3383 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

pfff........20 kg, from my point of view this is quite heavy. My experience is that I travelled a bit happier with 8 kilos. I started once with 20 kg as well, after 3 weeks there was 8 left. Bring as less as possible is my advice

6. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 626 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Absolutely agree with the previous post in this thread... Don't bring more than 10 kilos is my advice. I would not pack anything too unnecessary, and remember that you could simply buy much of what you might need to pack where you are, locally.

My friend while we were in europe was travelling with about 13 kilos on her back, and she was always adjusting the straps on the backpack [that she had borrowed...].


7. Posted by ellismende (Full Member 12 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

^^ ditto
bring the absolute necessary. You will prolly be buying local cheap clothing more adjusted to the climate where you will be. Of course, depending where you go.

8. Posted by till (Inactive 73 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

and if you are plannig to hike trough or hitchhike??
you have you tent and maybe a sleping bag or something and cooking gear and that alone is about 5-6 kilo then your mediacation and aids, your clotes and some personal stuff
and you are quike at 15 - 20 kilo
oke it is nicer to travel with a light pack but sometimes it good to have some good material with you ( neg: the weight of these stuff)
the only thing you have to see is that you don't take unnessary stuff like food you can buy or find it there or stuff you can buy there you don't take it from your place to there
so see that you don't cross the 20 kilo limit and you will be fine