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  • Added on: April 19th, 2011
Need some advice... Im going on a 5-6 month around the world trip im wandering a good size and if the 60 liter osprey aether is a good pick or should I go smaller

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  • Added on: April 19th, 2011
I carry a 60L pack and it works for me. However, I stay in one place for weeks/months/years at a time and if I were moving around more frequently I would probably want a smaller pack. But it depends on what your travel/packing style is. I'd suggest getting the 60L and packing it with your gear to see how it feels and what your space situation is. Realize that you'll probably accumulate a few things along the way. Then move forward accordingly. If it's too big, take it back. If it's too small, pack less stuff. :)
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  • Added on: April 20th, 2011
I manage with a 40L main bag (and a 20L daypack, so 60L overall) but I think the main question is whether you want to be carrying around that much! Also where you're going- if you're going to be in colder temps for awhile it's hard to travel light by nature of all the extra sweaters etc required, but if you're going to the tropics for the most part 60L will seem like a lot.

I will note that on this trip my pack has definitely been on the small side compared to others I've run into and the source of much conversation in that regard from other travelers. Not sure why, maybe just luck, but bigger seem to be more common lately.

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  • Added on: May 5th, 2011
It's all about what you want with you. I travel with a bigger pack than that but I like to carry photo equipment and my snorkeling gear everywhere. The most important thing, though, is to make sure you only bring as much stuff as you can carry. If you don't think you could walk around with that pack on for 8 hours, then it's too much stuff for you! If not... well, more power to you! I mean, if it's bigger than a carry-on, you have to check it anyway, right?! Doesn't matter if it's 50 or 100 liters for that. A little extra space never hurt anybody...

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  • Added on: May 21st, 2011
I would definitely recommend a smaller pack. We use 40 liters bags and they have been perfect for our 1-year trip. Sometimes we wish we had smaller bags. Pack smartly and you will be fine with a smaller bag.
Check out our RTW blog: http://www.80Liters.com

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  • Added on: May 22nd, 2011
hjo202 wrote:I would definitely recommend a smaller pack. We use 40 liters bags and they have been perfect for our 1-year trip. Sometimes we wish we had smaller bags. Pack smartly and you will be fine with a smaller bag.

See, here's where I have to say something. It's not about packing smarter. I'm not less smart, I just choose to bring more stuff because of the kinds of things I like to do. I can, and have, traveled on multiple month trips with a 40 liter pack myself. It had its advantages. But in the end, I feel like MY trips are enhanced by the photos I take and going snorkeling when and where I want to. So, I carry a bigger camera, a backup camera, an underwater camera, my snorkel and mask, and a pair of compact fins. I realize that not everybody wants to do that, but it's also not fair to suggest that people who travel with more stuff are necessarily bad packers or bring too much stuff. Decide what you need, find a pack that fits it with a little extra room, and go with it.

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  • Added on: May 23rd, 2011
Bideshi wrote:
hjo202 wrote:I would definitely recommend a smaller pack. We use 40 liters bags and they have been perfect for our 1-year trip. Sometimes we wish we had smaller bags. Pack smartly and you will be fine with a smaller bag.

See, here's where I have to say something. It's not about packing smarter. I'm not less smart, I just choose to bring more stuff because of the kinds of things I like to do. I can, and have, traveled on multiple month trips with a 40 liter pack myself. It had its advantages. But in the end, I feel like MY trips are enhanced by the photos I take and going snorkeling when and where I want to. So, I carry a bigger camera, a backup camera, an underwater camera, my snorkel and mask, and a pair of compact fins. I realize that not everybody wants to do that, but it's also not fair to suggest that people who travel with more stuff are necessarily bad packers or bring too much stuff. Decide what you need, find a pack that fits it with a little extra room, and go with it.


Sorry to offend...maybe "smartly" wasn't the right word. We agree with you that you should bring the things that you really want. To us, packing smartly means having less clothes that can be easily washed and pack up small. We also only brought shoes that worked for all seasons. We've seen way too many people trying to pack the entire contents of their closets into massive bags and wanted to dissuade anyone from over-packing. When it's ridiculously hot outside and you have a long way to walk to your hostel, having a smaller bag that isn't as heavy is definitely worth it to us.
Check out our RTW blog: http://www.80Liters.com

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  • Added on: May 23rd, 2011
hjo202 wrote:To us, packing smartly means having less clothes that can be easily washed and pack up small. We also only brought shoes that worked for all seasons. We've seen way too many people trying to pack the entire contents of their closets into massive bags and wanted to dissuade anyone from over-packing.

That's fair enough... and I completely agree. The actual clothing in my pack can all easily fit in a daypack. New travelers should be reminded about how great backpacking clothes can be - lightweight, easily packable, and easy to wash and hang dry quickly.

I also agree about being able to walk with the pack on when it's hot outside. If you can't carry what you bring for a few hours in the heat, no matter how big the pack is, it's just simply too big!



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