how big is your backpack?

Travel Forums General Talk how big is your backpack?

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1. Posted by glenferrie (Budding Member 14 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Dear travellers,
I often see backpackers lugging HUGE packs everywhere and am trying to avoid doing this on my trip through India next year.
I'm going to be away for a year and am thinking of taking a 35 litre pack only in an effort to travel light.
I'll be staying in the warmer climates and only need a few light clothes, a camera, book and a few toiletries
My question : Am I mad?
Has anyone done this with a similar sized pack?

2. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Yea Glen, i guess your right to travel light. I went to Norway for the first time on my own this summer and read in many books about travelling light and it was the best advice for an enjoyable trip away. I guess pack what you think you need and then dump out about the half of it. I only took a few clothes, toiletries and camera etc and the beauty was i took it onto the plane as hand luggage. Only tack the essentials and very little books or paper as theyre heaviest and u'll gather up loads of info anyway.

All the best with your trip

3. Posted by julieoz (Full Member 95 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

mine is a 65L and it seems so small to fit in enough for a year already!

4. Posted by Kiwiboy (Full Member 23 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

yep I agree 65 l is a good size, anything larger will spoil your trip, Ive seen one guy with a 120ltr pack, and he wasnt a happy boy, mind you he was carrying all his girlfriend shopping lol.
take zip off causual pants, and any clothing that are multi purpose, check the countries weather accomadations etc, do you need a sleeping bag etc etc, is it cheaper buying it there, and maybe selling it off to another backpacker....I buying a new pack myself, maybe 55l with a 20l that would hang on my front, to balance the weight, mind you I save all my shoping till the end, or I send it by ship (takes agesbut cheap), anyway good travelling, give me an email if you need any help

Ive covered the UK scotland wales ireland germany spain france czech republic ummmm where else, oh all round that way, malaysia burma cambodia borneo thailand
good travel
good life

5. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I'm petite... even a 50L backpack seems too big for me, but 'm not sure if I can live for a month with a 40L....

6. Posted by Lidia (Budding Member 11 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hi there
i'been to thailand this summer with a 45l and it was way too big. so after one week i dumped it in bangkok and bought a smaller one. i think it's about 35l, and that was really big enough! i even could have had a smaller one, but this one was big enough to put presents and stuff inside, too. okay, i was travelling for only a month, and i don't know how long you'll be gone... but i will never travel with a bigger backpack again ever! (talking about southern areas of course! for the rest i wouldn't know, i'll go to scandinavia next summer and i might not be able to avoid the 45l then...)
have fun on your trip!

7. Posted by EBRJPB (Budding Member 9 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I bought a 62 L and now I'm having second thoughts. I'll be gone for 12 months but it seems too big, I'm only 5'2". Any advice from experienced travelers?


8. Posted by Kiwiboy (Full Member 23 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

ummm, Im a bloke so a 65 ltr and 10ltr on the front is ok for me, I tend to carry instant ice packs when travelling in hot climates to keep my beer cold on treks, I know it sounds strange, but there nothing worse when stop in the middle of the jungle, and your beers cold..anyway seriouly, I take a 45 ltr, buy cheap clothes overthere, dump them when I leave, or sell donate to another backpacker, cut down space by using a plastic bag instead of an exspensive multi compartment toilet bag etc, good luck

good travels

9. Posted by nykky (Full Member 76 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

This is a useful thread as I've only just bought my backpack. It's a 50ltre but can extend to 75 if required

I'm happy with mine though, what with having the option of adding more which means I won't have to go out and buy a completely new and bigger backpack...

I'm 5"5" and quite slim and don't feel the backpack completely drowns me (just yet) I would def recommend either 50 + 25 or 60 + 15


10. Posted by babe967 (Full Member 98 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Everyone going with backpacks that suit them are real wise, as last year i went with my daughter with 2 80ltr Vango backpacks for 8 weeks, in the end we found they were far to heavy,and ended up buying a case with wheels,so i think you are all very wise.I'm only 5ft5 and pretty strong,and it was a bit much for me.
This year ive got for a Millets Detoroit trolley type back pack,which has a detachable day bag,it was a real bargain, i got it for £30 as it was reduced from £90.And just in case that was not enough, ive bought another trolley bag,with lots of pockets from my local in-shop's.
So travellers be wise for those who have not bought there's yet.As people have mentiopned before you can always buy things on your travels if you feel you need to.