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1. Posted by shaunigus (Budding Member 32 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I'm debating wether to get a travel pack or a hybrid pack for my trip. To set the scene - i am travelling around south america for 6 months. i will be doing some hiking (probably not with my pack - would take a smaller day pack for this) and a lot of walking with my pack. Its for this reason i reckon a hybrid may be the best option just b/c they are modelled on tramping packs which i assume are more comfortable for long hauls. Comfort in the end is the ultimate decision swayer.

Any help would be greatly appeciated.



2. Posted by speedo (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hello i have a macpac gemini ,and i have to say it is a superb pack well built and not to big it has an excellent back system and was £130 from , the zip off pack has two large clips to clip it to the front of the main pack harness .A first class piece of equipment but maybee i am biased as i have one
cheers jon

3. Posted by shaunigus (Budding Member 32 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the reply Jon,

I just got the Macpac Utopia 100lt- its pretty big in terms of packs but i tried to load it up with my gear and found myself short of room! I'm sure i'm trying to stuff to much 'shit' in there!! This will be my first 'backpacking' trip so i'm pretty sure i'm packing to much. Any advice?

4. Posted by speedo (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My packing list consists of the following
1 pair of merrel trainers
1 pair teva's
2 short sleeve shirts (quick drying)
1 long sleeve shirt
2 zip off trousers
1 jacket or jumper
1 t shirt
small first aid /medical pack
1 micro towel
1 bag liner
3 socks /underwear
travel docs
ipod + charger
travel book
usb jump drive with secure area to store card /passport data/ pin numbers /contact numbers etc

There will be a few bits i have missed out but that is the bulk of it , fits in a 60 l pack with room to spare ,and don't forget you can buy stuff along the way ,in america and newzealand you will be able to purchase cold weather gear far more cheaply than you can in the u.k so why buy it before you leave
hope this helps

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 12, 2006 11:00 PM by speedo ]

5. Posted by bethena (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My advice is to pack half of what you think you need. You can always buy what you need along the way if you've forgotten anything and then you'll have a great souvenir when you return home. Our "hybrid" packs here in the states might be different than yours in the UK, but I have an excellent pack from REI that converts from luggage with handles to a backpack. It's very comfortable, opens up like a piece of luggage, and expands if I bring home more "shit" than I left with. Good luck! Beth

6. Posted by shaunigus (Budding Member 32 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks again for the advice guys. I have 'pseudo' purchased a Macpac Utopia (hybrid pack) for $550 Aussie (i can return it withing 30 days for full refund) - it says its 100lt but probably around 90lt with a 30-35lt day pack (with harness and 2lt bladder). Have a look on the web for it. Its pretty comfy - but i'm thinking i'm packing too much? I've read over the pack threads and see the average size pack is about 60lt -that seems pretty bloody small to me. I tried to pack up my 100lt tonight and found it pretty tight in sqeezing everything in - this is what i put in:
8 x undies
8 x socks
4 t-shirt
3 x collared shirts
1 x jeans
1 x light pants
2 x shorts
first aid kit
sleeping bag
sleeping pad
1 x towel
1 x boots
1 x spare shoes
1 x fleece
1 x tracksuit pants
1 x hoodie
1 x gortex jacket

Dosnt seem like too much to me - let me know your thoughts. I've been told that all this should easily fit into a 60lt bag? if so how? i rolled everything up pretty tight - i'm gonna try zip lock bags to see how that goes.

Any advice?



7. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You won't need all those socks and undies. Take what you need for about 4 days and after that you can just wash or rinse them out. Have you taken a look at the packing list in the tools section? It has some good tips on what to pack and how to pack.

You might want to consider getting a smaller towel if yours is big. I had a small one (just a little bit bigger than a tea towel) and it really saved me a lot of room and it dries quicker.

8. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 438 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Wow... that's way too much in the way of clothes. think of what you'd take for a long weekend and then think about layering for warmth rather than carrying everything.

Jeans are not a good choice - they are heavy, take forever to dry and wick water making them a terrible choice in the rain, convertable pants are much better and also replace a pair of shorts.

half as many undies and a third as many socks - you'll wear your sandals as often as you can, and a second pair of shoes is just dead weight. I'd skip the boots too and get a good pair of trail shoes that can double as sneakers.

i'd also take a fleece, or a hoodie or a gortex jacket - certainly not all three. Unless you are heading to S. America in the winter you won't need it - not even in patagonia.

I am in the middle of traveling around the world with the following in my pack.
4 pairs undies
3 pairs socks - two long, two short
1 rain poncho
1 thermal underwear top
2 pairs convertable pants
1 shorts
1 bathing suit
4 shirts (1 collared, 3 tee)
1 pair tevas
1 pair of merril waterproof trail shoes (goretex)
1 windbreaker
and my toiletries and papers..

its more than enough but it might depend on the seasons you'll be there - I avoid the winters.

9. Posted by ian-w (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Experience will teach you a lot but taking the advice you are getting here can save you a big (and painful) part of the learning curve.
Far too much clothing.
Maybe I'm a bit extreme but here's what clothing I took last year and I went to Greenland.

2 undies (polyester, quick drying)
3 socks
long pants
thermal longjohn pants (?)(only used once)
2 T-shirts (polyester and warm)
1 shirt
1 fleece top
1 fleece jacket
1 gortex jacket
1 gortex pants
1 hat.

That's it. Nothing else.
Just enough for the coldest weather I expected, I knew this from going there once before.

My pack was a 30L and I had camping gear. I did have some stuff strapped to the outside. I travelled for three months.

My next trip will either be a smaller pack or a 30L with everything inside.

I once spent a month in Sicily with only a daypack
and I could camp ! And I loved it !

Even your huge pack will add excessive kg's.

Cut back as hard as you can and take cheap or old stuff you don't mind throwing out ! Goodluck and have fun !

10. Posted by nichoco (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have travelled with a travel pack a hybred pack and a normal top loading pack and small day pack.I would not reccommend the travel pack or the hybred packs.They are compromise packs and if you are going to be wearing them on your back for any lenghth of time you will not be happy.
You are also carrying to many socks and underwear.2 of each is all you need.I currenty use a Cascade designs U/L pack towel XL.This looks and feels like thick paper when new.Very light and compact.If you are hand washing your clothes lay out the towel and put the item of you want to dry on it and roll the item up in the towel.Wring the towel and then remove the item which will be almost dry.Wring out the towel to get rid of extra moisture and then do next item.This really speeds up the drying time.