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I am going solo to Southeast Asia for 1.5 months in January and I am trying to figure out what bag I should take.
I currently have this '65L' bag;
however, I haven't used it / travelled with it before, or at all without conventional standing wheeled luggage. It seems a little small, but I'm currently not in a position where I can fill it up and test it, unfortunately.
I was considering buying this 90L Kathmandu bag;
I'm not sure if I would prefer some kind of backpack or not. Please advise.
Does anyone have insight or reccomendations for me? Is there a better value option somewhere? Kathmandu isn't usually great value, even on sale.
Thanks in advance. more »
Has anyone come across the brand Goruck backpack?
seems very durable and nice design.
I'll be traveling for 6 months and currently wear one day use contact lenses.
Carrying enough for about three months shouldn't take too much space.
Those who have needed to buy contacts while traveling, what was your experience?
What is the best way to go about getting new ones?
I'll be in Southeast Asia for the majority of my travels.
I'm heading to the Philippines in a month or so. I'm looking to pick up a few more items before I leave and one of the things I'm considering are the New Balance Minimus Multi-Sport MO10. You can check out a review/pictures of them here: http://runblogger.com/2012/01/new-balance-minimus-multi-sport-mo10.html if you're so inclined.
They are a trail-running shoe. This particular version is meant for both running, sports, and hiking.
As of now, I am bringing a pair of Chacos sandals and flip flops. The Chacos are great and I had intended to do most trekking in them, but I worry that I might run into terrains better served by a closed shoe (I will likely be visiting other countries, as well, and thus varying terrain). I don't want anything too huge and bulky, and these are very light-weight but durable and would fit in my bag much more nicely than any hiking boot/shoe eve... more »
Does anyone know whether cotton zip-off trekking trousers are available in the UK?
I find the poly-cotton ones sold by most manufacturers are horribly sweaty in the tropics! (And they look like schoolboy shorts when zipped off!)
I've had a couple of pairs of Rukkas, bought in Oz, which were brilliant; 100% cotton, lightweight and cool, with reasonably sized cargo pockets, and which converted into decent shorts. Unfortunately, I'm told these are no longer made.
I've tried getting copies made in Vietnam and Thailand but the tailors there are only interested in making suits.
I currently have a Marmot Limelight 3P tent .... which has been great.
But, especially when we are car camping .... its kind of small, and not the place to hang out in etc!!! ... so I'm thinking of getting a bigger tent for pure car camping (2 of us).
I like the REI Kingdom 6 person .... the split room, and the venting options .... and it would probably be my first choice. But, one of the cons of this tent is that it may not hold up to high winds/rain etc.
I'm also looking at Marmot Capstone 6, and Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6.
Any opinions on these, or other options. Does anyone have the REI Kingdom ... experiences in bad weather?
Thanks a million
I'm backpacking through Africa for 6 weeks in February/March and would love to find a backpack that I can carry on the plane, to avoid checking one. Any thoughts?
I am 18 years old and going on my first solo trip ever. I will be going to Europe staying in one spot for 5 months in Italy, then will travel around for 1-2 months after that. I am a female, 5'7 53kg. I will mainly be using a bag to get from one place to the other, not for hiking or camping or anything. Also what size capacity do you reckon?
These are the bags I am looking at so far
What seems the best? or what bag do you use? or what do you recommend? I am from New Zealand so would need international delivery. Thanks for any help. more »
Hello Thorn Tree
I am looking for a new backpack in the 35-40L range for a 5 month Africa-by-public transport trip. So far I have only owned and tried Haglöfs and Osprey packs.
I really like my Haglöfs Oxo 75L. It is well designed and build in a good, tough material, but way to big backpacking.
I currently live in Beirut, Lebanon, and I haven't been able to find any retailers of Haglöfs or Osprey here. In fact, the only backpacks I can been seems to be from The North Face. I have no experience with these packs what so ever.
The backpacks I have been able to find are the
Alteo: http://www.thenorthface.co... more »
I am having a serious bag dilemma and am hoping someone knows the perfect bag for me!
I am off travelling RTW for approx 9 months but hopefully longer depending on work etc and I am looking for a 50l bag.
I know a few people recommend 40l but I really don't think I can travel that light.
I'm only 5ft tall so I originally was looking for bag on wheels with straps also but I discovered that these are very few and far between in the size of 50l.
So I have come to conclusion that I will have to have a backpack but trying to find a bag in this size which is not top opening is proving really difficult.
I love the Berghaus Jalan but this is 55+10 which I really think will be too heavy for me. I envisage doing a fair amount of walking and don't want to be restricted because I can't carry it for long distances.
I ideally don't want to spend more than £100 - does anyone have a... more »
Happy to hear comments, suggestions, etc. re this. I'm posting here prior to posting in my blog.
Here is my list of what to take for ~2 months (flashpacker) travel in Southeast Asia, which I think can be adapted to most other places. I don’t pack particularly light for several reasons. The main reason is that it’s easy for me to carry what I carry. When I’m backpacking in the wilderness I carry more weight for much longer distances over far more challenging terrain at much higher altitude than I ever have traveling in Asia.
International (budget) travel usually entails moving one’s stuff from plane to bus or taxi, then walking anywhere from a few steps to a few blocks to the guesthouse. On the move to the next destination, it’s a short walk to a bus stop or to catch a tuk-tuk or taxi to the bus or train station, and after that journey, walk to taxi, tuk-tuk, bus, etc., and on t... more »
It's been a few months since we announced impending changes to Thorn Tree, so it's time we gave you an update.
There's been a team of developers and designers working away on a new version for a little while now. Here's the headlines:
We hope to launch a beta version in February 2014. This is not an iron-clad guarantee, but it's where we're aiming for at the moment. We'll keep you updated if this changes.
The new Thorn Tree beta will include the return of private messages. As we've said over this past year, the mods have missed them too – party time.
What will the new Thorn Tree look like?
It will contain the same features and a similar page layout, tweaked to look a bit more 2014, not 2006. It... more »
I was at Coolangatta (OOL) on the weekend and all the budget airlines (Air Asia, Scoot, Tiger) now have prominent signs and warnings saying they measure and weigh everything, every time. So be warned. Jetstar being a bunch of public servants had the measuring gauge out but policed nothing. I think the days of sneaking something through are fast coming to an end.
Hey guys, I've been having a look around the site and have been getting a bunch of mixed feedback about whether or not Doc Martens are okay as walking shoes?
Im going around Europe (mostly Western Europe) from January-March and will be doing a lot of walking around cities and going to attractions etc. Im not a massive hiker but I know I'm going to be walking everyday, not to and from cities (using the train for that) but around the cities, and maybe a little hitchhiking if the funds get low.
So in that case, because I'm going in Winter - when its going to rain - can I use Doc Martens as my shoe of choice? I don't have a big budget, but Ive found some for around 60 Pounds, and I'm aware that they need to be broken in before I go off.
Any tips, suggestions or advice? I can't really go beyond the 60 Pound mark because of budget issues..
Thanks! more »
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