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Which type/ brand of rucksack - 10 week trip?

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1. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone

Wanted to find out if you recommend any brands for a good rucksack. Also which is better travelling one or normal rucksack? How much would I need to spend for a good one?

Much appreciated :)

2. Posted by Cay (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


In 2months i am going away for the first time and the whole what backpack really messed my head up, as there are so many different ones and a few different types. It took me a month or so of looking around shops and trawling through the web trying to find the right one for me.

I am going for a month and taking 2 weeks of clothing with me and traveling pretty light so i didn't want a huge backpack. In the end i decided on a trespass, 55litre travel pack, that opens fromt he bottom and opens wide to the main compartment. It also has a 10litre zip of pack.

In buying one, i found that prices on the net are generally the same as in the stores, except if you find the odd site with really good bargins. I found mine for £49.99 on the web, but it was £60.00 in some of the stores.

I am the kind of person that when selecting something i am going to use, i make a list of all the requirements that the item needs to be then search on the net looking at the information given, that maybe anal but i seem to always make the right decision for me.

Hope this helps a little...Cay

3. Posted by Jacaranda (Budding Member 61 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Ten weeks you could get away with 20-30 litre pack easily. Berghaus are good quality, and reasonably priced as well as Deuter. But with only a minmal of gear you don't necessarily need sternum straps and waist belts. You could get an regular backpack in reality.

In saying that decide what it's for hiking or just getting from hostel to hostel and how much you want to take. If it's just for hostel to hostel just go for an el' cheapo that fits well. Your not going to be wearing it for hours on end walking up and over mountain passes.

I prefer top loading backpacks with as few dangling bits and peices as possible. I can get away with a 50 litre pack for a few days out in the bush this is includes food, water, cooking and camping equpiment. In the same kit I can travel for an indefinent period.

Then if your the fashion conscious sort and want to take clothing for all needs and purposes you'll want somthing larger. Just don't wind up being one of the backpackers with a 100 litre pack, you won't enjoy yourself and will dread putting it on.

In reality anything under a 70 litre pack should be fine for virtually everything from hiking for several days in unforgiving terrain to riding buses from town to town and hostel to hostel.

Less is more in the backpacking world.

4. Posted by kelscowen (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


I am going to Australia for 10 weeks on the 3rd May and me and my boyfriend have just bought our rucksacks.
Because we are going to be on the move quite a lot we went for quite a large one :
mine is 55L + 15L and his is the same.

I bought a female Berghaus one and he has a Karrimor one.
They are the travel sacks that you can buy, so rather than packing from the top, they zip right open so that you can access your stuff easier.
Also, they both have a handy day sack that zips off; perfect for hand luggage on the plane and stuff.
The straps also zip away so they are easier to check in, or you can carry them like a holdal.

I've put a couple of links to show you what ours are like...
hope you find what you want