Looking for a good second ruckwack

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1. Posted by funkytwig (Budding Member 15 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I have an Osprey Fairpoint 40 and am looking for a second pack to take on the Banana Pankake Trail. Thinking of the Osprey Exos 58. Does this sound like a good choice?

Sorry for the mistyping, meant rucksack, don't seem to be able to change the title.

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2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1627 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Suggest you stick with what you have. You probably don't need the extra volume where you're headed; and you won't have to check your bag for flights. I travel worldwide with a bag with a capacity of 40 liters and it's plenty.

3. Posted by funkytwig (Budding Member 15 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I Will see if I can fit everything in. The Trail is just the start, I am planning on staying in Asia for several years. I also do a lot of photography and although I'me seriously reducing my kit I may no be going as light as some. A second rucksack appeals to me also as it makes it easy to leave stuff so I don't end up carrying everything everyware.

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1627 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Bags and a lot of other things are inexpensive in Asia. Begin by traveling light, then add things as needed overseas. I usually bring a camera or two, a laptop and a mobile phone. Choose durable lightweight clothing and hand wash. All you really need are two, perhaps three, changes of clothing and a rain jacket. If you're spending years on the road it doesn't make sense to load your bags with gear at the outset. Take it from someone who's been traveling for more than four decades. Also, if I know I'm going to a place that requires a waterproof bag, I roll up an Aquapac and put it in my bag. Aquapac is a UK company based in London. P.S. I also do a lot of photography, usually taking thousands of photos and videos on each trip, some of which are on Travellerspoint.

[ Edit: Edited on 17 May 2021, 18:20 GMT by berner256 ]

5. Posted by funkytwig (Budding Member 15 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your advice. I recently got a few drybags. I generally use stuff sacks for all my stuff but these seem more flexible. Guess I should get something for my phone. Just been looking at the Berghaus Mens Paclite 2.0 Jacket, looks perfect. In terms of cameras, I have a GH4 but got a Canon G5X for this as it's small. I also got a Vanguard VEO 2 GO 204CB Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod. PS I am from the UK, guess you were originaly.

6. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1627 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

A tripod will be useful if you plan to vlog. Otherwise, you might find that a tripod or monopod won't be used much, if at all, while you're on the road. That's my experience.

7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2959 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Another vote here for travelling light. We've got a Farpoint 40, but seldom use it as I prefer to go slightly smaller and then the main bag also gets used as a daypack but with some things left at the accommodation.

It frustrates me that there's a whole industry out there dedicated to selling us bigger and thus more expensive and more profitable travel packs. I guess what I'd love to see is a 25 litre daily pack with the travelpack features (rugged, lockable, accessible, etc) and the option to bolt on a pod at the bottom on travel days to carry everything. But I digress.

Welcome to the site Ben. How will you deal with visa limitations for several years in Asia? Keep moving on frequently?

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9. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5605 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!


"I am planning on staying in Asia for several years."

Do you intend to work in Asia to augment your savings?? If so, research what you have to do to legally work in particular countries. Not all countries want foreigners taking jobs away from local citizens.



Nowadays in my "old age" I get by with a wheelie for traveling between major countries. In that suitcase with wheels I do have a small fold up walk-around carry bag for running around town. I find no great need for someone to carry a huge pack around various cities all the time unless they intend to sleep in alleys or behind some bushes. I check into a hotel. I put my stuff away, lock up my valuables in the safe or safety box. All I need for tours and walking around town is maybe a phrase book, sunglasses, moist hand wipes, pen and pad, perhaps a book to read on long rides between tourist stops.

To each his own.

10. Posted by funkytwig (Budding Member 15 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Thanks, everybody. Yes, I will look into how to legally work and which countries are better. That's the plan. A good friend of mine has done lots of work in Asia so she has been great for advice.

On the rucksack front, a 40 and a fold-away smaller one may be the way to go. The ones that are like pack-a-maks.

I will be taking a laptop as I do video editing and IT stuff so may be able to earn some money doing some of this remotely. Lolts of remote IT developers around.

The Banana Pankake Trail seems like a good way to explore the continent and see where I want to spend more time and hopefully get a better idea of opportunities to earn money.

In terms of work, my thinking is stuff that passes on skills to locals seems ideal. Certainly don't want to be taking work locals can do.