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Backpack size - 3 weeks

  • Miss_Stead

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    Hi, I have bought a 35l backpack for three weeks travelling (staying in hotels). Is this big enough?

    #1 Posted: 26/4/2011 - 22:59

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  • stevejames00

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    35L is quite small but if you pack light and do not expect to buy anything to take home you will be ok

    #2 Posted: 27/4/2011 - 00:43

  • caseyprich

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    I travel with a 45L, and it seems a little full sometimes at the end of the trip. Probably because I pack an extra big book or two, will cram a fleece into it, all while at the end of a trip where I've got some purchases packed into it. However, that is always without opening the extension at the top.

    You'll really only need 1 week of clothing maximum - and if you're staying in hotels you could easily get away with 5 days, as their laundry service will likely be very fast. Along with that you will be staying in hotels so you could risk not bringing a towel - or buy a travel towel that will role up small. But you can probably make it on 35L if as stevejames says you don't plan to purchase too much, you've kept your accouterments to a minimum, and you don't bring that second pair of jeans.

    #3 Posted: 27/4/2011 - 05:33

  • goonistik

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    If it weren't for my camera gear, I could probably fit everything into my 30 liter daypack. It will be a tight fit but it is possible. I would have very little extra space, if any. So 35-40 liters is about right. Some people prefer to take larger packs (50 liters and bigger) because they want to have lots of extra room. I belong to the small and light is best.

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    #4 Posted: 27/4/2011 - 06:00

  • busylizzy

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    Pack all your gear into it and find out! :-)

    #5 Posted: 27/4/2011 - 10:52

  • Miss_Stead

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    Thank you all....i read somewhere online (but cant recall the website) that 35l was fine, then it arrived and a friend said it would be too small. I was planning on packing lite and doing laundry along the way. My reason for getting a smaller bacg was so that I could keep it close to me when travelling around to stop teh risk of anyone getting their sneaky little fingers into it!! I have read that its pretty cheap to get additional bags alogn the way so I guess if it does get a bit cramped I can always buy a shoulder bag of some sort.

    #6 Posted: 28/4/2011 - 21:32

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