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Non Biking Question- Backpacks for European Vacation??(6 posts)

Non Biking Question- Backpacks for European Vacation??Ride-Fly
Apr 23, 2003 10:37 PM
Was wondering if anyone had any inputs or recommendations on a backpack to buy for a 2 week vagabonding vacation to Europe this Summer. I will be using it for urban touring this time but plan on using it for 3 to 5 day hikes to Yosemite and Brice later this Summer. So my questions are mainly: 1) How much cu in capacity should I be looking for? 2) Internal frame a must? 3) Top loading? 4) any manufacturers a must have/must avoid?? Looking at several from Sierra Trading Post. Thanks and Ride ON!!!
Best advice you'll ever get...Steve_0
Apr 24, 2003 4:02 AM
Get the smallest pack possible; look for about the size of a students book-pack. Look for one so small that a frame is irrelevant.

2 weeks is nothing as far as vagabonding; you'll need little more than an extra pair of pants (bring a nice pair for dressing up), and a few shirts. Bring silk or synthetics (such as capilene). Firstly, they're light and hard to wrinke. If they DO get soiled, you can wash them in the sink at night, they'll be dry in the morning. Dont bring jeans...wayyy to heavy. If you cant live without your jeans; wear them most of the time.

Most people pack wayyyy to much. And never use most of it. You dont want you memory of europe to be lugging around a huge pack. Focus on the trip. Bring only nice clothes in a small pack; you'll be fine. Dont get caught in the 'but what if i need...' mentality. Anything you really DO need (and you wont), you can always buy there.

Cant recommend a bag, as I havent upgraded mine in 15 years. Mine is a little MEC bag (about 14X16X6) which has taken me on all my vagabonding from a weekend to a month.

Enjoy the vacation. please pack light.
You talking daypacks or for back-country??Tower
Apr 24, 2003 4:11 AM
Check They offer free delivery.

I recently bought a JanSport Clarks Fork from them for my 2 week trip to France.

Personally I wouldn't recommend carrying a frame backpack as a day pack. Way too big.
re: Non Biking Question- Backpacks for European Vacation??godot
Apr 24, 2003 5:50 AM
Agree with the previous poster, go small....

Put what you want to take on the bed, put half of that back in the dresser. Start packing the absolute essentials. Once the bag is full, zip it up and forget what's left on the bed. I did 3 weeks in Europe carrying only a day pack.

Try to get hold of a copy of "Rick Steve's Europe through the Backdoor". There is a great section in the front about what to take.

Have a great trip.

Also, I always carry a water bottle on the flight. Flight attendants usually won't give you a bottle of water from the cart, but have no problem filling a bottle you bring along.
I second Rick Steve's book(s)! nmTower
Apr 24, 2003 6:05 AM
HUGE Thanks to all of you!!!Ride-Fly
Apr 24, 2003 5:44 PM
I am still considering getting a 2900 cu in. pack so that I can use it for Brice and Yosemite later but I will definately take as little as possible. I know I can get caught up in the "what if I need" mentality although I like to travel light. Thanks again all, you guys rock!! Ride ON!!!