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1. Posted by jen23 (Full Member 73 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Ok Ladies, now I need your help and experience cos I'm doing a really bad job deciding.

I'm 5 ft 5" & cannot decided weather to get a 55L or 66L bag, I've found the one I want, at a low price £47.50 for 55 L or £52.50 for 66L. Both fit me well. (I assume these are good prices?)


Going for a year, the only trekking I'm doing is in Thailand for 2 weeks, the rest will be backpacking.
Do we tend to over pack - or can I get by on minimum clothes??
I'm not very strong, and will probably be running after planes, buses, trains... I'm concerned that if I take too small 55 L I'll regret it and never fit anything new in, & too big means I'll take more & regret the weight.
Everyone talks about Karrimor, but the one I found is HIGHLANDER NEVIS. (anyone used this bag before/reveiws?)

What are your thoughts/experiences please?


2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm 5 ft 4" and my backpack is a 55W McKinley Polar. I really couldn't have handled a bigger pack. My trip was only for a month, but I did buy a lot of stuff and my pack wasn't full when I got back.
If you do find your pack is full, you can always send stuff home..

3. Posted by rasberries (Inactive 154 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i have a Long 51-59cm 52L 1.8kg bag and it suites me fine and i'm 5'10" but I have learnt to travel light. I like room cause obviously i'm going to pick stuff up along the way. but i'm sure 10L extra mite be helpful if yur gone a year.

4. Posted by nicdavid (Respected Member 49 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Take a 55L bag! You'll only fill the space you've got - if you know what I mean?! If you've got to run for a bus etc it'll be so much easier. If you do buy souvenirs just post them home. I'm off for 10 months and will be doing some backpacking and I'm sticking with my 55L bag - even then I'm trying to keep my stuff down to a minimum! One purchase we've made is a rucksack bag for getting it through the airports etc - they cost about a tenner and means you can check your rucksack in with the 'normal' luggage - saves loads of time and adds that extra bit of security and protection. If when nearing the end of your trip you buy a load of stuff you've already got a spare canvas suitcase type bag to get those souvenirs home.....

5. Posted by jen23 (Full Member 73 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all your replies. Angela, your thread is very persuasive!! The bag I have my eye on already has a cover/carry bag which is useful.

any more thoughts from others will be welcome!!!


6. Posted by loubylou (Respected Member 664 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jen,

I'm 5' 7" and have a 60l backpack, which is about the right size for me. I've learned to take the bare minimum, whenever I pack to go anywhere I do a yes, no, maybe pile. Then I disocunt the no pile and do the same to the maybe pile of clothes, be realistic too about what you will wear!

My backpack is never heavier than 10kg and there is usually plenty of space.

A tip for packing is to roll everything, that way you can squish clothes into really small's easier anyway for girls as our clothes are lighter and smaller than boys!


7. Posted by Kayla1 (Budding Member 44 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi there, I am having the same dilema at the moment. I recently tried on the Karrimor Global 50-70L. Its a 50L bag but can expand to 70L, so you can use the space when you need it and dump things when you dont. It is pricey though, in the sale it was £119.

The other thing I'm looking into, as I'm small and not very stong also is taking a packable trolley, you can then wheel the dam thing when it gets too heavy!, put also pack it away when you are carrying it. It costs around £10-£15 pound and is light weight so I'm told??

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

@Kayla1 - The trolleys that are that cheap aren't worth taking with you unless you stay at two or three places at the max. You need to get a trolley that has inline-skate wheels set in steel. These start around 50 pounds UK. With the cheap ones the wheels break very easily so if you are unlucky you end up carrying your bag instead of wheeling it. These trolleys also aren't suitable to rough roads. Most places in Africa, Asia and South America fit that description and the cobblestone streets in Europe are true torture for trolleys too.

@jen23 - I have a 55+10L bagpack from OCK and I've found it too big and heavy for me. (I'm a large girl, 6 ft and over 100kgs, so I'm sturdy.) I packed for three weeks plus a backpack and a sleeping mat and still had space in it. That space tempted me to bring and buy too much of unnessary stuff so I won't be taking the pack again anytime soon. For my next three week trip I've got myself a smaller 35+10 liter pack and I'll use my usual handbag which carries another 10L.

It will be different if you need to pack a tent and cooking gear and go for a year into different climates, because then you'll need to go for that big bag. But I found that a smaller pack works better for me. I usually pack only 3 or 4 changes of clothing and when I stay somewhere for two days, I have everything washed. I had 6 changes of clothing when I stayed in Israel for 4 months, but only because I bought a dress there. 5 sets of clothing for my stay in the USA for 12 weeks too, soo I know I'll get along with a small backpack even for a rtw trip.

BTW, the prices are very ok. They are at the lower end for good quality backpacks. My new smaller bag is the Deuter ACT lite 35+10 SL which is around 80 GBP catalog price. I got mine for 80 EUR (54 GPB) on ebay, a real bargain.

Also consider going for an eaglecreek Switchback travelpack. They are very expensive, but ever since I had a cheap Asian made copy of their style (that unfortunately broke a few years ago) I want one. It would be utterly perfect for my style of travelling. You'll be gone for a year, it won't do to save on the backpack and having to replace it mid-trip because it is uncommfortable or broken.

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 22, 2006 6:10 PM by t_maia ]

9. Posted by jen23 (Full Member 73 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all your thoughts!!! You've certainly given me things to chew on. Looks like the average is about a 55L. They're both comfortable, so its the size decision. Guess I'll have to bother the good-looking sales man again and again!!!;)

10. Posted by jen23 (Full Member 73 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Well just to update you all - I took the plunge & bought my backpack! Thanks to all for your advice. I decided to go for the Highlander Nevis 55L. Very pleased with it.

Thanks again! Jen x