We are small, but we have the Power!
We traveled in Cuba in March so the weather was basically ideal with some small exceptions when it was too hot. Considering this, travelling light is easier than in colder destinations.
During my trips I realized that there some gadgets without which you should never leave home. I am not a brand fan but I have strong reasons why I added the brand itself to some of the items, they do make a difference (I tried others before).
1. Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Pack
It does not have an official carry on size, but if not overloaded you can pas with it at airlines that have hand-luggage + accessory. I had no issues on Iberia and Brussels Airlines. I have the S size. The way the back pack is made is very convenient (opening as a normal luggage) and the small backpack can be used on any trip as a perfect day-pack.
In case you did not read my post about what to pack for Peru & Bolivia, before the list you should know that I am travelling with an Osprey Fairpoint 55 S, keeping it at under 10kg. When not overloaded you will be able to travel with it as hand-luggage (Iberia, BrusselsAirlines, Copa - check)
I did quite some research on what you would need to pack for a 2 weeks trip in a country with such different weather conditions like Peru and Bolivia and after reading several blogs and travel guides, this is what I ended up with taking with me.
Choosing the BACKPACK:
As I did not have a backpack I started researching what to buy. Most of the backpackers recommend the front opening backpacks as it is more convenient to search what you need in the backpack without taking everything out (versus the open top ones).There are a lot of reviews you can find on Google about the different types with advantages and disadvantages for different types, I won't list any links here on that as it depends more on everybody's priorities.
I decided for Osprey Farpoint 55 simply because it is a 2 in 1 backpack. It's a 55L backpack having actually two parts. A 40L (37L for S version) + 15L Daypack. I did manage to get it as hand luggage on Iberia, but it is a fine line, make sure you don't over load it and that you wear it as 2 separate pieces. No guarantees though especially if flight is full.
I bought mine from Amazon.de for aprox 153 Euro (February 2015)
What to Pack: