July is here and it’s exactly 3 months until we set off on our trip!
July also brings my birthday (quite conveniently) and I have been looking into luggage possibilities. Rob is taking a rucksack he already had from a trip years ago. I’d firstly been looking at super big rucksacks too, but have since decided that when we need to move all our belongings we’ll probably be on a bus/train rather than trekking the NZ mountains.
Therefore I moved my search onto large holdalls on wheels.
My main requirements are:
Enough space for stuff for a year but no larger than 157cm (width x height x depth)
Plenty of compartments/pockets
Sturdy frame and strong material (sensible)
Not ugly (not so sensible but still important)
Allow me to share with you my current shortlist:
Osprey Shuttle 80
£135 – £150
Weight: 3260g Volume: 80 Litres Dimensions: 76 x 42 x 36cm
2 halves in main compartment
Medium: 78L, H66 x W35.5 x D33cm and 3.4kg
And the Daddy of rucksacks:
75L 64 x 38 x 26 cm
With backpack straps and detatchable rucksack.
I’ve not decided between these yet and Rob keeps catching watching ‘luggage porn’ – love those cheesy demo videos.
I also called on the Facebook community for luggage tips and they didn’t disappoint:
‘Roll don’t fold’
‘Old clothes will wear out quicker but don’t take anything you’d be upset to lose/ruin’
‘You can get most things out in NZ but toiletries etc can be more expensive’
‘Pack, then take it all out and halve it!’
I’ve also been looking into vacuum bags to pack more in.
The Trip Advisor forums have been handy too. In this one, someone going on a similar trip went for the Caribee (mentioned above).
But, I could always do with more advice – so please put in your two pennies below 🙂