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Hi - silly question perhaps, but what exactly does a manufacturer mean when they say a backpack's volume is "50 + 10"? I get that it's suggesting the bag can expand to hold more, but I'm not really sure I totally get it. Does it mean the main compartment is 50 liters but if you cram stuff between the main compartment and the top (by loosening the straps) you can carry an extra 10 liters worth? Is there then a difference between a 50+10 bag and a straight ahead 60 liter bag?
I can't seem to find anything definitive so I thought I'd ask. thanks.
I was looking for a backpack to go travelling for 4 months around SE Asia, I was originally looking at the Vango range as I wanted a detachable day pack. When I went to a store I was recommended the Osprey Farpoint 70, which did seem to fit nicely.
Has anyone else got a Osprey Farpoint and would recommend it?, I know Osprey are a better make, I want a quality bag as I don't think this will be my only trip.
Any advice will be appreciated.
Will soon be travelling to the Caribbean coast of Mexico to some remote locations. I'm considering buying this compact snorkel set to take along since we'll be near beaches and near-shore reefs with no development (no place to rent snorkelling equipment) http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/facet/facetGlossary.jsp?_dyncharset=UTF-8&_dynSessConf=-1180797320815015741&trailSize=1&advancedSearch=true&liveResult=true&categoryId=&trail=&addFacet=19016%3A1%3ASRCH%3Atravel+snorkel+set&removeAllFacets=true&categoryFacetId=9004&trailtext=travel+snorkel+set&searchmenu=allCategories&search=SEARCH
We'll be travelling by car, so bulk isn't a factor here, but I wanted a compact set for future use when bulk will be a factor. Any advice on this, or other, compact snorkelling fins and mask? more »
I'm going on a two week interrail trip in July and I am currently looking at bags.
Alot of places seem to say that a 60L bag is needed!
I'm hoping to purchase a 35L or so?
Is this a realistic size for two weeks?
I'm embarking on a six month trip around South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and LA. How much weight does the average female traveller take? I'm panicking because I want to make sure I have everything I need as I will most probably end up working in Australia.
How much weight does the average backpack allow for?
Any advice would be much appreciated especially from any other female travellers.
I'm going to be in Thailand for 3 weeks - all over the country - and wondering about the best way to carry my passport and money. When I've travelled before I kept my money in a small wallet inside my shoulder bag and my passport in the same bag or in the hotel safe. I've seen the money belts and neck things at the store, but they don't seem too comfortable and I don't like the idea of extra "stuff" on my body. Thoughts?
Hi, going on an expedition in Borneo in Oct and have been told we need a box mosquito net, treated with Permethrin.
I was going to get one of these from Cotswold;
Just wondering what the difference is as they're the same price? Only thing i can see is that one has 156 holes per square inch, the other 196. Is the one with 196 better?
Also, it says they have been dipped with their own product, 'Lifesystems Ex8', is this just the same as Permethrin?
Thanks for your help! :) more »
Looking for some help / advice please:
Sleeping in a tent, I have a Marmot plasma sleeping bag, on top of a Therm-a-rest Neoair all season pad, and use a therm-a-rest compressible pillow. I've only really starting camping for the last year or so (mostly car camping). Still getting used to the confines of a bag, and now the added task of staying on the pad!! ..... and I find my bag slips a lot on the surface of the pad. At home, in a bed .... I use a single pillow, and typically sleep on my stomach (not ideal for a sleeping bag).
My problem. When sleeping in the tent, it messes up my neck. This past weekend, I tweaked my neck so bad while sleeping .... I was in totally agony the rest of the night, so much so, I literally cannot move my upper body, or turn/lift my head. During the day, with the help of some NSAIDs, I wasn't too bad ...... but that night again, in so much pai... more »
Hey guys, i want to buy a new backpack. I found some nice backpacks from Pinguin, the Attack 45 and the Activent 48 / 55.
I didn't found much information about them, or any opinions of people who bought them and i'm wondering if any of you had one of these backpacks. I would really like to see some real pictures and to know more about them before i buy one.
I hope that someone can help me here... thanks alot.
My other half and I are travelling to China in October this is our first large overseas trip (having been to NZ and Fiji which are not huge trips from Australia). And coming from such a hot country we are having trouble understanding just how cold it's going to be over there and the kind of clothing we are going to need.
Can anyone offer advice on the kind of clothing we are going to need and how best we should layer it. We arriving in Beijing on the 11th of October and we are planning to have a very physical holiday, so we don't want to over heat while we are out and about. What are better? Merino thermals? Bamboo thermals? Cotton thermals? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Which are the best mobile plans if one is visiting multiple countries..concerned about roaming fees and data charges. Thank you.
I'm going to be in Costa Rica this summer, staying at a base camp where I'm leaving my larger pack.
I need advice on the kind of pack I'd need for a days work, which needs to carry a minimum of 3l of water, my camera, medkit & various other bits and bobs i might need.
I'll be walking upto 15 miles up a beach each day.
Can anybody suggest anything?
Wouldn't really want to pay more than £80.
Hello all my fellow wanderers of the world!
I am going abroad for 10 months for graduate school; 1 semester (Sept- Dec) in Italy and 1 semester (Feb-May) in Thailand. In between I will have a month to backpack around Europe (Jan) and I'll backpack around Southeast Asia for another month after the semester in Thailand (June). I know, it's a tough life :).
So here is my dilemma...packing! I will have the option of sending home a suitcase (I'm thinking the big rolley one I have) at Christmas when family come to visit). That would leave me with what I am hoping is just a backpack. But my question is....is that enough? I will still be traveling in some winter weather for another month in Europe but then I'll be in Southeast Asia for 5 months (so it will be warm). I am a grad student so I will have/need my laptop (Macbook Pro 13'') and I am hobby photographer and I plan to bring my... more »
1. Portofino, Italy
2. Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
3. Victoria Falls, Zambia
4. Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
5. Flam Railway, Norway
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I've spent a lot of time browsing through the various forums on here and reading threads. I would love to hear advice about gear/packing based on the trip I want to go on.
I am flying to Santiago at the beginning of July, and from there plan to go north to Bolivia (passing through a bit of northern Argentina), Peru, Ecuador, through Brazil and down to Buenos Aires and then on to visit Patagonia in the summer. If all goes well and I don't run out of money, I plan to be gone for 9 months-a year.
I would like to pack light and not deal with a monster bag. I'm sold on bringing very few clothes and that sort of thing. However, I would also like to do a fair amount of camping/trekking. For Bolivia and Peru, I imagine I will go on organized treks with local guides, so it would probably not be necessary to have a tent and stove, though it sounds like a sleeping bag would be a... more »
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