This pack is great for short trips. Unless you are an ultralight backpacker, this pack will likely only allow you a trip of up to 3-4 days (depending on the circumstances). It is large enough to fit a lightweight 1 man tent, lightweight sleeping back, few days worth of food, a couple water bottles and the other small items you would bring on a short trip. If you attach a water bottle to the outside it leaves more room for food. It is very light and the built in "sleeping pad" (very thin but enough for decent terrain) saves space as well. It is not a problem that there are no pockets, simply bring a small dry sack to put small items in, if needed. One of my best gifts to date.