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