What size bag should i get!
Replies: 23 - Last Post: Oct 26, 2013 3:58 PM Last Post By: Qiblah
Sep 20, 2013 9:19 AM
What size bag should i get!I have spent hours trawling the forums for the information that i need but i cant find it. I am travelling to Asia, i will spend time backpacking (on my own) through Korea, China, Tibet, Nepal, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam (fiji and america, but that is on the way home). I will be away for 8 months and i have no idea what size pack to take... so these are my questions;
- What size backpack should i take?
- What type of bag should it be, any favourite brands?
- What are the key, essential things i should take?
Sep 20, 2013 9:56 AM
Sep 20, 2013 10:30 AM
2Put together all the stuff you absolutely must take with you, then throw half of it away. Then get a pack which is slightly too small and discard something. You will end up with a 45-50 liter pack...
Size also depends slightly on the time of year you are in China & Tibet, as in winter you need more clothing. Or you can just buy cheap down jacket there, wear it most of the time (you will...) and give it away before heading to the warmer climes.
Sep 20, 2013 11:26 PM
Sep 21, 2013 4:25 AM
Sep 21, 2013 5:36 AM
5I love my Osprey Farpoint 40 bag and it's perfect as a travel pack not so much as a multiday hiking bag. It's carry-on size as well.
Most people travel with way too much stuff think 65 l packs filled to the brim, but travel light is the way to go. You can buy everything on the road, wash the used clothes and leave it to dry overnight.
My family and I now travel carry-on only as the kids now aged 9 and 12 carry their own stuff before they had a small backpack each 10 l and we had 60l and a 65 l pack which held everything. Now we use 2 farpoint 40 packs, an Osprey Talon 33 and one Osprey imp 23. I alse have a packable daypack.
Sep 21, 2013 7:39 AM
Sep 21, 2013 9:20 AM
Sep 22, 2013 2:45 AM
Sep 22, 2013 4:09 AM
9Yes 40 is enough, but of course you can't just fling everything in it which is a good thing. If you buy a bigger bag most people will fill it regardless of what they say beforehand.
It's also safer just having a smaller carry-on bag as it's easier to keep safe, the airline won't misplace it and you can keep it with you on busses instead of it going in the hold underneath.
I must admit that I feel pretty snug walking round with my family and our 2x40L, 33L and a 23L when the 20 something haul their 60+ bags round.
Sep 22, 2013 4:13 AM
10My own thoughts:
A lot must depend on how you are travelling. So "setting-up a base" for 3 months then doing day trips from that one place means you are not carrying most of your gear very often so might not find too much gear a nuisance. But moving around on a regular basis, seeing, moving-on, then that massive pack becomes a real hassle.
The bigger your bag, the more you will put in it. Buy a really expensive 40L bag and when you cannot get your 27 T-shirts in with 16 changes of underwear you will start leaving some stuff at home (given you will never be able to "waste" the vast expense on the pack).
It becomes a balance. A big pack will fill-up, even if you start out with free space. More gear can make life easier (you can do washing less often, etc.) but is hard work when moving around. And then there is the risk that you don't fill a bigger pack up with T-shirts but with Mac Book, iPad, Kindle, etc. so when it gets stolen you have lost a lot more than dirty T-shirts. Which means watching everything so carefully, spending time being concerned about all those $$$ on the roof of the bus (being sat on by locals ...).
Sep 22, 2013 4:17 AM
11Out of all the travellers I've seen in the last 6 years, 95% of them would have a pack of around 60L. I have no doubt that there are people using 30-40L packs and doing it quite successfully (some of them are on this forum) but they are definitely in the extreme minority, from my experience.
I usually have about 50L of gear and I use a 60L pack. This gives me a little bit of breathing space and it works well for me.
Ultimately, the best size is whatever works well for you.
Sep 22, 2013 4:20 AM
12we went to China & Tibet with 5 kids, everybody had just a 23-32 liter daypacks, and one 55 liter common pack, because we had to carry diabetes medication in duplicate and triplicate in styrofoam boxes. I have made several 3 week trips, even professional photography expeditions, with 24-32 liter daypacks only, even fitting all photo gear inside the pack for the flight, under 7 kg, everything.
Sep 22, 2013 5:22 AM
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