As a woman who has travelled solo around SEA/India for 6 months this is what works for me;
- Main backpack should be 55-60L (DO NOT get a pack with wheels - adds so much weight!)
- Either a 10-15L small day backpack OR a 10L cross-body handbag (you don't need both)
- Possibly take a tiny bag/purse (or buy one if you need it while you're away) that just fits your cash, keys, phone & mozzie repellant to take when going out dancing/drinking.
Pack light, take half the amount of clothes you think you'll need & if you're going to be shopping only fill your main pack to 50% or 75% capacity.
#2 lessreet has been a member since 24/9/2011. Posts: 1
There are people who prefer larger backpacks (50 liters and up) just in case they need extra space. There are people who prefer mobility and choose smaller packs (35-45 liters.) You have to decide what is best for you. My personal recommendation is 40 to 45 liters. Googling for "travel light" will lead to other websites.
Unless you are going hiking/camping, it is better to get a travel pack like this:
I'm 5'2" tall but quite strong and I have used a 75L (65L w/ 10L zip-off day pack) for travelling for long periods around SEA and Australia. I find this to be a good size as it allows fro the packing of adequate clothing for long trips through variable weather conditions and space for packing any new purchases you may pick up along the way.
I find 75 l too big, I know it is very handy when it comes
to buy stuff... the bigger the backpack is, the more you buy.
I prefer to stick to smaller backpacks.
I travelled once for a long period with a 45l backpack and it was ok.
I was thinking to get this time something slightly bigger.
Anyway...thank you for the advise!