This May I am going on first backpacking trip around Vietnam! I am so excited but as it’s something I’ve never done I do not have any of the necessary equipment. I know it’s hard to believe that this little house hippie has never a) gone backpacking b) gone to Southeast Asia. So we’re going to check that off the ol’ bucket list this year.
I am a researcher in my heart of hearts and read many things about best travel backpacks because you may not know this but there is a difference between a hiking bag and a travel bag.If I were to be any TV character it would be Dorothy Ann from The Magic School Bus, “according to my research”…I read approximately 10-15 different articles comparing bags before finally settling on the Osprey Farpoint 55.
Now please keep in mind I have not yet used this bag in action, this is just the logic as to why I purchased this bag. Once I’ve tried it out I will do a follow up post to review.
Why was this the winner? Well because everyone else said so but when I actually laid eyes on this little beauty I was sold. I actually said the words “this is so fucking clever”. And I am usually not a potty mouth so that is how excited I was.
Reason #1: Carry On Size
Almost everyone who’s reviews I read said that it is carry on size on most airlines they were on. This was a huge thing for me because of how much we will be travelling and all the connections we have to make I really didn’t want to have to check a bag. We had some delusions that we could maybe explore Shanghai since we have a 6 hour lay over there and I thought how nice it would be to not have to hang around the airport. Well that was dashed when I learned the cost of a visa for China and how you can’t just “go into” another country on a whim. Makes sense but I haven’t really done this kind of travel before so that was something I missed.
Reason #2: The Day Pack
The Osprey Farpoint 55 is actually a 40 litre main bag with a 15 litre day pack. The day pack is ingeniously engineered to fit into the main pack and it makes my life. I’m very happy that I won’t need to bring an additional backpack for my day to day life and can use it for under my seat in the plane with all my entertainment and in-flight needs. Also I have heard some things about theft by motorcycle within the city where they will ride by and rip your bag off so having a backpack with two straps makes that much more difficult.
Reason #3: It opens up ALL the way
This is one of the main differences between a hiking bag and a travel bag is how it opens. Most hiking bags are top load which can be a big pain when traveling. This bag opens up completely so you can find whatever you need without having to rummage through the entirety of your pack. Small thing that makes your life better.
Reason #4: The straps!
Backpacks have straps, we know this but have you ever thought about how much of a pain they can be while traveling? I never did either but it makes sense that having them all willy nilly getting caught on stuff and being a general pain. Osprey in their infinite wisdom has made it so you can completely secure them away!
I also bought some inexpensive travel cubes after hearing they make your life much easier when backpacking to organize and better utilize your limited space.
The UN has declared today the year of sustainable tourism so next Thursday I will be doing a post on some sustainable travel tips.
Happy travels friends!