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Backpacking Question

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Would like some help choosing a backpack and what to pack for my trip.
10 years ago, December 5th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #56568  
My friends and I are going to Europe for about 2 weeks, and I was wondering how big of a backpack I should bring. We intend to stay in hostels and travel pretty light. In terms of Cubic Centimeters, what would be acceptable for this duration and time of year (winter)? Thanks. Reply to this

10 years ago, December 5th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #56606  
Hello John 😊

I would take the smallest backpack that can fit all your stuff. Pack light. It can become a real pain lugging around a heavy backpack. Clotheswise: 2 pairs of trousers, 2 t shirts, 1 sweater, 3 pairs of socks and underwear, a warm jacket, hat, scarf and gloves, boots should be enough clothes for Winter in any European country.

Mel Reply to this

10 years ago, December 5th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #56612  

10 years ago, December 6th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #56692  
make sure everything is nylon and dries really quickly and easily in a clothes dryer. We used a number of laundromats in UK and some had crappy dryers that struggle to dry clothes quickly. You will need to do laundry if you are going to pack light. Reply to this

10 years ago, December 6th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #56738  

make sure everything is nylon and dries really quickly



Good point!
Try to avoid bringing denim items. They not only take a long time to dry but they are heavy.
I generally take things that can be handwashed and hung on a heater to dry. Some hostels wont allow you to hang up wet clothes, but if they do you can rinse out some of your clothes in the shower while you are in there and then hang them up to dry on a heater in your room. Reply to this

10 years ago, December 8th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #56959  
N Posts: 8
One of my friend suggest me a backpack can contain approx 65 liters for that kind of trip. Sorry I really don't know the conversion in cubic centimeters. Choose a backpack waterproof, whit a real good back support. 65L seems to be enough for all clothes, accessories and souvenir. Reply to this

10 years ago, December 8th 2008 No: 7 Msg: #56999  
65 litres is same as 65,000 cubic centremetres. That is about 25 cm x 26 cm x 10 cm. I had a similar size and fitted 2 changes of clothes, 1 lonely planet book, 1 a-z of Great Britain and a Lap-top and 2 cameras. Reply to this

10 years ago, December 12th 2008 No: 8 Msg: #57354  
B Posts: 83
the smaller the better... seriously if you need to carry it for a while you will not be happy if your bag is big and heavy Reply to this

10 years ago, December 12th 2008 No: 9 Msg: #57356  
N Posts: 8
Yeah sure but, it's ok for laundry with only a set of clothes in backup? I really don't know, I never go in europe at this time. My top 3 priority for a bag is, in order: Comfort, Back support and Weight. Then for the contain, i'll try to chose the most compact and the less heavy article that I need. Reply to this

10 years ago, December 20th 2008 No: 10 Msg: #58044  
I think a 60-65 litres backpack would be enough for 2 weeks. Especially if you say you won't carry food and you'll stay at hostels. I suggest you lend a backpack first from a friend to see if you need a bigger one or a smaller one. Reply to this

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