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45L Backpack - Is this big enough?

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1. Posted by katyvose1 (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Everyone,
I have finally picked and bought my backpack for my year round the world. I was originally going to go for a 55L wheeled backpack but after the helpful people on this site and the ones in the shop advised me I decided it was not a good idea so I bought a backpack instead. There were many different sizes but I opted for the 45L one as I thought its the only way to stop me overpacking and taking too much stuff. This is my first round the world trip, well my first trip for longer than 3 weeks and I'm now wondering if I was a bit too cut throat. Should I have got a bigger bag, how have people got on with a smaller backpack? Any advice/experiences greatly received!! Thanks!

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3914 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

how long are you going away for? 45L is pretty small, but its a good way of limiting what you take because people generally end up taking more than they need. I took a 45L one to Malaysia for a month and it was fine. When i went on my round the world trip I had a 55L one, but I took loads of things that I didn't wear so I would have been ok with the smaller one. It would also depend on where you are going - if you are going to be in mainly hot climates you can get by with things like vest tops, which you can fold up to be tiny. But if you are going to be needing jumpers etc it could be more difficult.

If its a decent back pack it should allow you to tie things to the front of the pack which would save space inside. and you can always send stuff home if you end up buying souvenirs etc.
hope this helps!

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 13, 2007, at 4:47 AM by bex76 ]

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3914 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

sorry just realised you already put how long you will be away for

4. Posted by Linger (Full Member 59 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Katy,

45L sounds alright. Just pack your necessities and anything else can be bought along the way. On hindsight after my travels - wished I did not pack that much!

One thing to consider though, (what I found rather annoying) each time I was looking for something in my ruscksac - I have to remove most of the stuff in it. It is quite a pain. Next time, if I were to go travelling for long term I would consider getting a rucksac with zippers all round or at the side. I reckon it would be much easier to pack too.

Have fun!

5. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I always say the smaller the better, the more space you have the more temptation there is to pack that useless extra stuff that you think you cant do without, I met this guy once he hadn't been home in like over a year and all he had was a 10L day pack with one pair of trousers, one pair of shorts some pants and a couple of t-shirts, granted he was a bit smelly, but he knew how to travel

Zip arounds are good and I thoroughly reccomend them if you can get them but they're {in general} not too easy to get hold of I've found...

anyway, you've got your pack now, so dont worry, just get stuffing!

Oh and roll your clothes, dont fold them, takes up less space

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

I traveled round SE Asia for three months with a 20lt backpack. I left space so I could buy anything I may have forgotten. I deeply recommend traveling as light as possible as it will mean you can travel on foot over longer distances. Pack what you need to live and not just what you're used to at home. I had no troubles, and think I could still survive on less.


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

Yeah, the rolling of the clothes is a must, less creases and more space!

Happy travels,


8. Posted by bkray (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

ok. i have 2 backpacks. an 85L and a 33L. i use the 33L for day trips and the 85L for week trips. i dont think anybody could give you correct advice on what size bag you need as its up to you and it all depends on what you take. personnally i would get a 60L if i was going that long but o well.