Thankfully most of the gear I bought for my adventure to Peru is the same stuff i’ll need in South East Asia, but one thing I did need is a sensible travel bag. As you probably know I do a lot of travel for work – but that’s always ‘easy’ travel – a suitcase, into a taxi, into a hotel. Whilst this trip is fairly comfortable, it’s much more suited to a backpack style packing than a suitcase, so it’s time for me to invest.
For Peru I borrowed my friends bag, a Haglöfs backpack, but since i’m no longer living in Sweden, that’s not a convenient option. On top of that, i’m planning to more of these style trips, so it makes sense to invest in my own.
Today, I decided, was shopping day – and I headed into an area of London where there are a bunch of outdoors shops. I’d already done a bit of research online so I knew roughly what price point I was looking at, and who stocked which brands. In the end my decision was fairly easy – hanging right by the entrance to Cotswold Outdoor was the beautiful Farpoint 70 from Osprey. It’s a brilliant idea – a 70 litre backpack which combines a holdall style packing with the carrying convenience of a backpack. The whole thing zips up so you can hide the backpack straps and turn it into checked luggage, or you can quickly unzip it and stick it on your back at the other end. On top of that, there’s a front section which doubles as a day-pack, but zips to the main bag when you’re ready to carry them together.
What a brilliant idea!
Essentially it’s two packs in one, but they can be carried as a single pack – one of my big fears about having my own pack was having to do that silly front/back carry which you see travellers doing all the time.
A 70 litre pack should be enough for 18 days, plus some space for souvenirs. The really neat thing about this pack is that rather than packing top-down as most backpacks do, it unzips open like a hold-all. This makes it much easier to get in and out of it when you’re travelling quickly between different hotels – rather than having to delve deep into the bag to find that one illusive item.
I’m really happy with my purchase, and looking forward to getting to the stage where I can pack it!