Flip flopping my RTW backpack once again. So last night I packed up my backpack and had extra room! In outdoor backpacking, I like to go ultralight backpacking which is essentially doing overnight backpacking with a day pack. I find that hiking and walking around is so much more enjoyable when you aren’t lugging around a bunch of junk you don’t need. I thought because of the photography equipment I was going to need a larger backpack. So I purchased the Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack. It has incredible reviews and people rave about it. It is a 40 liter pack with 15 liter day pack that can be attached to the front or the back of the pack. The 15 liter daypack could fit my 15 inch laptop with a dlsr camera and the backpack itself felt it had enough support for going backpacking in mountains.
The only issue with the Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack is that it is not technically carry-on, that is not to say that you can’t get away with it as a carry-on. I have read a lot of reports that people use it as a carry-on with no issues but every so often they get popped and asked to check it in. Now, I absolutely hate checking in luggage. I have been victim of lost luggage before and it is a pain. Another thing about carry-on is that when you get on some chicken bus, they aren’t going to want to throw it underneath, on the roof,or in the way back of the bus. The piece of mind of not ever having to separate from your bags is essential. Walking in that situation, I can rest it on my lap, or under my feet, or even in the directly the overhead. Another thing is that smaller luggage is so much easier to walk around with. People walking through crowded markets with those big packs don’t look comfortable.
Now with utralight backpacking in the outdoors, you get the size of pack you want, then switch out a bunch of your larger items out for smaller lighter ones, and then take half of what you think you need. So I have obsessively switching out gear, trying to figure out the right gear. I think partially, I’m a gear junkie as well. Internet researching is definitely a hobby of mine. So the first pack I got was an Osprey Porter 46. It was the carry-on travel pack that I bought for a Thailand trip once. It worked for carry-on every time except once on a little puddle jumper. I loved my old one so much that I purchased a new version that had a laptop pocket. I bought it last summer and took it on a couple of trips. I loaded it up but carrying it was really uncomfortable. There was no back support and the laptop pocket position is on the outside instead of the inside. It made the weight distribution really awkward. I think lugging something around for a year is different than having it on your back for short time. So I took that back and switched it out for the Osprey Farpoint 55 Backpack. And now after my test packing job, I am switching out again.
I have just purchased the Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack. It is 100% carry-on compliant and has wire frame back support. As my departure date nears, I don’t have time to make another switch so this is it. I purchased it from Amazon but won’t be here until the 24th of February due to backorder. It’s another popular backpack so it seems to sell out fast. REI has the same backpack but it is only in the color blue and I wanted black. I’ll have to have another bag such as a smaller day pack that will count as my “personal item” on the airlines. I think I should be fine with the Farpoint 40 and a daypack.