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Hiya, I'm going to Thailand for 3.5 weeks at the end of the month, and then to Shanghai for 3.5 weeks in August and I plan to do more travelling between uni in the next couple of years.
I'm stuck choosing which backpack to take. Do I need a 60-65l or will 40l be enough? I can pack *fairly* light but would like to bring a couple of bits home.
Also, can anyone recommend any good brands/bags in particular? I've been looking at Berghaus quite a bit, specifically the Trailhead (womens) 60l- have you had any experiences with this bag?
I know Osprey is a good brand but it doesn't quite meet my budget (around £70).
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(Original post by marnalarn)
Hiya, I'm going to Thailand for 3.5 weeks at the end of the month, and then to Shanghai for 3.5 weeks in August and I plan to do more travelling between uni in the next couple of years.
I'm stuck choosing which backpack to take. Do I need a 60-65l or will 40l be enough? I can pack *fairly* light but would like to bring a couple of bits home.
Also, can anyone recommend any good brands/bags in particular? I've been looking at Berghaus quite a bit, specifically the Trailhead (womens) 60l- have you had any experiences with this bag?
I know Osprey is a good brand but it doesn't quite meet my budget (around £70).
Thanks!
I have a Berghaus rucksack from a few years ago and can recommend the brand. Very sturdy and comfy for quite a large rucksack (60l). 40l might be enough for you but I have preferred being in the knowledge that I had enough space with a 60l, even if I don't end up filling it.
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(Original post by Goz Unlimited)
I have a Berghaus rucksack from a few years ago and can recommend the brand. Very sturdy and comfy for quite a large rucksack (60l). 40l might be enough for you but I have preferred being in the knowledge that I had enough space with a 60l, even if I don't end up filling it.
Thanks for the reply! Do you find it a lot more expensive (or more hassle) because you have to put it in the hold of planes as it's too big to be a carryon?
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Thanks for the reply! Do you find it a lot more expensive (or more hassle) because you have to put it in the hold of planes as it's too big to be a carryon?
I don't fly much tbh. I've stuck to europe on my travels.
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60-65L sounds quite big for that duration. You're going to be washing your stuff, so I'd go for smaller size.
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(Original post by marnalarn)
Hiya, I'm going to Thailand for 3.5 weeks at the end of the month, and then to Shanghai for 3.5 weeks in August and I plan to do more travelling between uni in the next couple of years.
I'm stuck choosing which backpack to take. Do I need a 60-65l or will 40l be enough? I can pack *fairly* light but would like to bring a couple of bits home.
Also, can anyone recommend any good brands/bags in particular? I've been looking at Berghaus quite a bit, specifically the Trailhead (womens) 60l- have you had any experiences with this bag?
I know Osprey is a good brand but it doesn't quite meet my budget (around £70).
Thanks!
Thailand will be hot so limited need for big warm clothing. This will probably mean you can get away with 40L. Depends on you.

I did 6 weeks in Thailand with a 30L bag. Was a bit small which meant packing each day was a pain. However i wasn't as good at packing back then - my more recent 4 week trip was with a 22L bag including sleeping bag (although that did involve washing clothes every day).

There are a lot of good bag brands. I actually wouldn't recommend Osprey for this kind of trip - they are very light but not that sturdy and they lose their shape over time. I personally like Deuter but Berghaus is good too.

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Thanks for the reply! Do you find it a lot more expensive (or more hassle) because you have to put it in the hold of planes as it's too big to be a carryon?
Being able to do that is nice but bear in mind can't take any toiletries or pocket knives, and may limit souvenirs.
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http://www.travelindependent.info/wh...ack-travel.htm

Go for a 40L max.

You won't need to take much to Thailand at any time of the year, or Shanghai in August.
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