Help? What size backpack?

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1. Posted by adifarmeru (Budding Member 12 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone.

Its my first rtw trip and I have not got a clue what size backpack to take. Im going asia, oz, nz and south america over 8 months starting in September and just dont know what to buy and what to do about a day sack? Im going with my girlfriend so we can share a lot of things in both our bags to save space. It would be great if you have any ideas.



2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

It's one of the most frequently asked questions, so try some searches and the top thread in this forum to see what has already been said.

But basically, as small as you can get away with. Most people go with a 60/65l, and i would say that unless you will be doing some serious long term camping and need to carry allot of extra stuff, don't even consider anything bigger than that.

Also, whilst the pack is obviously very important, bear in mind that you will actually be wearing your daysack for significantly more time than your main sack, so pay attention to that if you buy one. A day bag of some description is very important, BUT try and keep it as such. Some people just use it to carry around more cr*p that they don't need!

I know i'm not the most typical, but i'm just back from a 16mth trip where i took a 26l bag, and a fold away daysack which went inside, and that was plenty.

You don't need as much clothes as you think. You can share allot of stuff. Most stuff you can buy on the road easily and cheaply.


3. Posted by nicdavid (Respected Member 49 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!


You're doing the same route rtw as me and my boyfriend, except that we're going for 10 months and start at the beginning of November! We're planning on camping mostly in Oz and NZ and are taking 55/60L bags each.

Hope this helps!

4. Posted by adifarmeru (Budding Member 12 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Thanks both of you.

yeah this as helped loads.


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6. Posted by nisharawat (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

carry a backpack that you can comfortably carry. The size must be appropriate to your body size.

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

I took a backpack on my o.e and realised once it was packed that i could barely carry it (and im not weak either). Dont know how big it was exactly but it was not cool. I recommend a suitcase with wheels!

8. Posted by paulmacpaul (Full Member 107 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think it's best to get that huge backpack - the one that most travelers/backpackers/climbers bring. It can fit in a lot of stuff that you need for that long travel. Plus it looks easy to carry.

9. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I assume you're being tongue-in-cheek Paul because that advice is idiocy.

With experience and utilizing modern fabrics it is very easy to travel indefinitely with a 40 litre backpack and still have lots of room left over inside.

You can have clothes for a high-end nightclub or crash an Embassy party, have day-to-day outfits covering a wide range of temperatures and situations, have your netbook, e-reader, camera and all the peripherals necessary and all your personal personal hygiene products EASILY fit in a 40 litres backpack which is carry-on size on many airlines.

Many times your travel enjoyment and experiences will be directly proportional to the size of your backpack. Smaller is ALWAYS better.

Have fun.


10. Posted by Matt70_2 (Budding Member 54 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Can any recommend a good 40-45l backpack. i have spent loads of time looking for a good pack but cant make my mind up.

I am talking for a 12+ month trip.