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Backpack for Tanzania Camping Safari

Postby kennedy517 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:18 am

Hi All! I'm headed on the Tanzania Camping Safari in about a week and was planning to take this pack: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F3 ... 00_details

Any thoughts on whether this is too big? Does anyone have a better recommendation?

Thank you!!
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Re: Backpack for Tanzania Camping Safari

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:29 pm

I presume you are talking about http://www.gadventures.com/trips/tanzania-camping-safari/DTWA/2012/.

The first thing I notice in looking at the trip is that nowhere in it does it say you need to use a backpack. This point is crucial because duffel bags are MUCH easier to pack, dive into, and load on the safari trucks than backpacks. You'll be traveling in 4x4 7-person safari trucks so taking a large backpack is usually a pain -- cargo space is generally pretty limited and they'd rather you have two smaller bags than one big one. I would guess for an 8-day trip like this you'll want somewhere around 40-50 liters of luggage space plus maybe a small daypack or camera bag.

I would advise something more like http://www.rei.com/product/809155/rei-tech-tour-65-travel-pack or http://www.rei.com/product/803307/osprey-porter-46-travel-pack. You can see from the pictures how much easier these would be to load and get what you want out of them. In both cases, the packs clean up nicely for checking on board the plane.

If you're willing to spend a little more, I REALLY like the design of http://www.rei.com/product/809157/rei-vagabond-tour-40-travel-pack or http://www.rei.com/product/803308/osprey-porter-65-travel-pack.

It's a little late now but I generally advise people to look at their pack list (see the Detailed Trip Notes section at http://www.gadventures.com/trips/tanzania-camping-safari/DTWA/2012/details/ for their suggested packing list, lay everything out and figure out how big a bag they need to carry it all -- then dump 1/3 to 1/2 of what they laid out. ;)

At the end of the day, you should be okay with that particular pack but it wouldn't be my first or second choice for the kind of trip you're doing.
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Re: Backpack for Tanzania Camping Safari

Postby lesliew » Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:18 am

First of all, I went on this trip in October and it was fabulous! Have fun! If that is the only bag you're taking, then it might be okay, but I suggest something smaller if you are planning on another bag for your clothes. I took a duffle bag for the majority of my stuff, which I would load in the back of the truck and only get stuff out of at night when we were at camp. I took a smaller backpack (daypack) that I would keep with me all the time and would put on the floor next to me in the truck. I only carried my essentials in it - camera, water, jacket, toilet paper (don't forget to take your own toilet paper - trust me, you'll be glad you did!), etc.
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Re: Backpack for Tanzania Camping Safari

Postby DanielBMe » Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:07 am

You may even want something like this, http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Packs/Tra ... l-pack.jsp.

It's what I use when I can't bring my wheeled luggage. It zips on the side rather than top so it's easier to get at your stuff. The good thing is you get a daypack with it as well.

I do like the Osprey Porter as well though...
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Re: Backpack for Tanzania Camping Safari

Postby kennedy517 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:18 am

Hi!

Thank you so much for the advice - just what I needed. I'll rethink my approach to the pack. Definitely makes sense to have something that makes finding things easy :wink:

Thanks!
Kennedy


ExplorerWannaBe wrote:I presume you are talking about http://www.gadventures.com/trips/tanzania-camping-safari/DTWA/2012/.

The first thing I notice in looking at the trip is that nowhere in it does it say you need to use a backpack. This point is crucial because duffel bags are MUCH easier to pack, dive into, and load on the safari trucks than backpacks. You'll be traveling in 4x4 7-person safari trucks so taking a large backpack is usually a pain -- cargo space is generally pretty limited and they'd rather you have two smaller bags than one big one. I would guess for an 8-day trip like this you'll want somewhere around 40-50 liters of luggage space plus maybe a small daypack or camera bag.

I would advise something more like http://www.rei.com/product/809155/rei-tech-tour-65-travel-pack or http://www.rei.com/product/803307/osprey-porter-46-travel-pack. You can see from the pictures how much easier these would be to load and get what you want out of them. In both cases, the packs clean up nicely for checking on board the plane.

If you're willing to spend a little more, I REALLY like the design of http://www.rei.com/product/809157/rei-vagabond-tour-40-travel-pack or http://www.rei.com/product/803308/osprey-porter-65-travel-pack.

It's a little late now but I generally advise people to look at their pack list (see the Detailed Trip Notes section at http://www.gadventures.com/trips/tanzania-camping-safari/DTWA/2012/details/ for their suggested packing list, lay everything out and figure out how big a bag they need to carry it all -- then dump 1/3 to 1/2 of what they laid out. ;)

At the end of the day, you should be okay with that particular pack but it wouldn't be my first or second choice for the kind of trip you're doing.
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Re: Backpack for Tanzania Camping Safari

Postby kennedy517 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:19 am

Thank you, all! Really appreciate the advice and I'm sure it will enhance my trip!

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