"Hey! You know what?!"
"You should get a 50 liter pack!"
What? I'm winter traveling. You know I need to carry a lot of stuff.
"Yeah, but wouldn't it be cool if you didn't die?!"
"You don't NEED some much stuff. You carried a lot of stuff in Philly and you still almost froze to death. TWICE. And, the pack was too heavy, so you messed up your back and shoulders, too."
More to the pack being a large, than the weight. If it were a xs or s, and I arranged everything properly, it would have been a lot better.
"But, you still had too much stuff, and you know it! It would have still been just as heavy!"
Then, I'll have less stuff. I still need to be able to pack a blanket, just in case.
"If you had less stuff, and you didn't die! You would be so proud of yourself!"
Get-- What is wrong with you, all the sudden!?
"And, a smaller pack would be cheaper. You can get a 50 for $40, instead of trying to get that 70+10 for $80."
And, a 50 does hold a lot.
"The problem with the first 50 was the lack of outside carrying storage, but you can still get a better. You can have the sleeping bag and blanket outside with the other stuff inside. And, the problem with finding a new pack is finding a xs and s the more liters you look up. We might be able to go up to a 60, but we know up to 55 will fit. I feel like we'd be paying more for an adjustable pack than a fixed pack."
Also valid points.
"AND, IF YOU DON'T DIE, YOU'LL BE SO PROUD! FUCK ALL THE HATERS!"
I'm always proud that I didn't die the first time.
"But, surviving this will turn your whole life around. We're nervous about what will happen when we get back, but we'll have much less time for bullshit people after THIS adventure. No time for stagnate people!"
Stagnate MINDED people. It's best to get out of here after what's happen, regardless of what size the pack is. After packing heavy, packing light could be another welcomed change.
"You won't die, and this will be AWESOME!"