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Mark78

By Mark78

16 March 2008 22:30

Is a 40 litre rucksack too small for weekend camping, or can I not pack very well? I can just fit in my 2-man tent, roll mat, stove etc. but once that's all in, along with my rain gear and map, there is no room left. It really is ready to burst!

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Trail magazine

By Trail magazine

No fear: your packing is probably fine. A 40 litre rucksack is pushing it
for all but the lightest packers, and given that some rucksacks say 40 litre
when in fact they are smaller (or larger - there are some disputes on the
standard measure for literage) you may well be inadvertently packing your
weekend into something even smaller than you realise.
All of this does of course hang on what you are packing and how compact it
all is, but assuming you are using middle-of-the-road equipment for a
comfortable weekend 'sack, a broader fifty litre 'sack is much more
comfortable, and will allow for adding or moving equipment around inside as
opposed to squeezing it all in and having to remove it every time you need
something. If you want to be especially versatile, you could even buy a sixty
litre sack, as most rucksacks come with some sort of compression system which
will allow you to reduce the bagginess of the pack if you are going light.
It's always better to have more space than you need to fill than not enough
for the things you need. Check out Osprey's packs: they have great
compression systems and accurate volume measure. www.ospreypacks.com

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abhinava

abhinava says

RE: Is a 40 litre backpack big enough for weekend camping?

 What if I am going on a camp for 5 days and I'm travelling with clothes, toiletries and a sleeping bag. Will 40 L do?

24 November 2012 14:58

mountainlass

mountainlass says

RE: Is a 40 litre rucksack too small for weekend camping, or can I not pack very well? I can just fit in my 2-man tent, roll mat, stove etc. but once that's all in, along with my rain gear and map, there is no room left. It really is ready to burst!

 40 lires should be fine, but the obvious question I have is, why are you packing the (2 man) tent inside the pack?  

Strap it to the outside, if necessary protect it by sticking it inside a heavy duty refuse sack from the supermarket, and you'll free up quite a bit of space.  Having the tent on the outside also has the advantage that when you come to pitch in the pouring rain you don't have to open the pack until you're in the shelter of the pitched tent's vestibule, and vice versa when striking, you can get everything packed and the pack closed in the dry.  Helps keep pack contents dry.

Depending on the type of mat you have that could also go on the outside in a refuse sack to keep it dry and then 40l will seem cavernous for a weekend.  If you're worried that the aesthetics might look bad with two refuse sacks strapped to the outside of the pack (LOL!), a fancy raincover hides multiple sins!

Oh, and having something strapped to the outside of the pack which widens the base can make it freestanding if you want to get in the top to get your lunch ... but be careful it doesn't tip/roll away if you let go!

03 September 2011 14:24

chrisandmarika

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chrisandmarika says

Re: Is a 40 litre backpack big enough for weekend camping?

if you are summer camping a 35 - 40 litre pack should be fine. if you get a pack with a concave back system you will not have as much room as air channel packs but unless you are walking in winter or journeying into the middle of nowhere you should not need a 60 litre bag and the main thing to remember is if you do buy a bigger bag you will probably only end up filling it up and then you will be carrying far more than you actually need to.

03 July 2010 15:28

Eigerwand

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Eigerwand says

Re: Is a 40 litre backpack big enough for weekend camping?

Yes.

26 June 2010 08:41

derekcoxy

derekcoxy says

RE: Is a 40 litre rucksack too small for weekend camping, or can I not pack very well? I can just fit in my 2-man tent, roll mat, stove etc. but once that's all in, along with my rain gear and map, there is no room left. It really is ready to burst!

My partner and I walked th GR20 with a 40 and a 32ltr pack. We spent money on lightweight gear and a tent. We only carried enough food for 3 days at a time. We spent time preparing our pack and had to experiment with the packing order on other shorter walks but we got it right and were very glad to have kept the size down. We carried all the kit we would need for a wild camp in england during the summer. We will never carry a 60ltr pack again unless we are in very cold weather.

26 June 2010 02:08

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