travels: choosing a rucksack

Wednesday, 28 October 2015


a. eagle creek salta 65l medium fit travel pack
b. patagonia ascensionist 45l pack
c. quechua forclaz 50l hiking rucksack
d. fjällräven kaipak 38l
e. patagonia snowdrifter pack 40l



choosing a rucksack is an important part of your trip and something you should not look down upon when getting ready to travel abroad. it will ensure your adventure gets off to a good start and doesn't shamble along the way. you may have read wild: a journey from lost to found and know how much trouble cheryl got with her pack 'monster'.

the amount of clothing and gear you will be taking with you will be determined by a number of factors: the length of your trip may play a part, the number of destinations you will be visiting as well as the variety of scenarios you will find yourself in. for instance, our upcoming trip will take us to three countries with tropical, warm and humid conditions in bali, warm summer on the east coast of australia and catching the end of the summer in new zealand. considering the type of activities we will be doing such as surfing, camping and hiking will mean we'll have to pack with the outdoors in mind.

a few things when choosing a rucksack to consider would be:

a. the capacity — which is a tough one to get right, i have to admit. going for a large capacity may result as a nightmare, having to carry a monstrous pack around; and choosing one too small may mean you won't be able to take the necessary gear for your adventures to run smoothly; with all of this in mind we recommend not to go for larger than a 60l pack.

b. the way it opens up — a travelpack as opposed to a toploader. after travelling around australia and south east asia with a toploader and seeing how easily other people would get clothing out of travelpacks in hostel, i promised myself i wouldn't make the same mistake the second time around. a travelpack opens up like a suitcase, you can lay it flat and access things anywhere in your pack.

c. multiple compartments — to separate your shoes and your sleeping gear from your clothes, especially when wet if you want to keep what's left of your clothing safe and dry.

d. adjustable padded shoulder straps and a padded hip belt — 70 percent of the weight of the pack will sit on hips, whilst 30 percent will be taken on your shoulders.

e. lockable zippers  for safety whilst travelling as well as in hostels.

f. abundance of external buckles — to attach extra gear such as a tent, tarp or a sleeping mat.

g. water-resistant material  although most rucksack are made of water-resistant material, it may be worth getting a rain cover for extra protection.

h. saving some space for travel finds.

ps: remember to pack light and functional!



jack's choice  patagonia 35l + an aiguille bum bag:
jack researched lightweight travel backpacks for a long time before he stumbled on the ascensionist pack from patagonia. top loading, lightweight and versatile, it seemed like the obvious choice for him. he wanted a pack that could be loaded to the brim for wayward travelling yet able to be stripped down for daily pursuits regardless of conditions.

julia's choice  quechua forclaz 50l + a topo designs 16l kletterpack pack for my blogging gear:
i am very fond of quechua, i have bought items from decathlon since being a child and have rarely been let down. this pack had all the features i was after including that all important front opening on the top of my priorities, 50l, which i believe is ideal for me, multiple compartments and external buckles.

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