Suitcase VS Backpack
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jan 17, 2013 1:16 PM Last Post By: Ask_G
Dec 20, 2012 9:25 PM
Suitcase VS BackpackI know this topic has been greatly debated and that choosing one or the other is a personal choice that would work best for their type of travel. But i'm still unsure of what to get :/
I'm slim built and approx 160cms.
I'll be travelling for 6 weeks alone in the summer July/August to the following countries: UK (London only), Denmark, Poland, Hungary, Portugal, France (so far). I plan to fly using low-cost airplanes, trains and maybe a bus.
I'll be staying at friends places, hostels and hotels.
I have a pacsafe handbag plus i'm planning to use a day backpack as a carry-on in planes.
I would like a suitcase/backpack that would provide security and enough room to pack for stuff that i've bought along the way.
I tend to overpack but will try to minimise...
I know this is a long message... eek... any thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Dec 20, 2012 11:46 PM
1I use the Eagle Creek Tarmac 20 Inch wide body whether I travel 4 days, 4 weeks or 4 months. doesn't matter. I tend to bring the same things no matter the length of the travel. I use their cubes for underwear and other things.
When packing try to remember that few people will see you every day so you can wear the same outfits over and over again.
I also use a pacsafe hand bag and if I am taking budget flights I put lots of stuff in pockets and stick the handbag in the suitcase and have only one carryon.
Dec 21, 2012 12:04 PM
2I tend to favor backpacks rather than rolling luggage. I pack light, and a backpack just allows me to grab and go quicker and easier. It's more convenient when taking public transportation and walking over cobblestones and uneven ground, in my opinion. But everyone has their own preferences.
This might be helpful. Rick Steves, who used to promote a modest size backpack, is apparently now using rolling luggage. But he offers many tips here:
Jan 17, 2013 1:16 PM
3I tend to choose a roller whenever I'm going places where I don't have to move around much... However, I very much prefer backpacks... Especially when I know I'm gonna move around a lot.... In my mind rolling luggage isn't meant for lots of moving - at least my (cheap) ones usually break down... So I would suggest a backpack for your trip.
Given your size and your tendencies to over-pack (the mother of all travel mess-ups - sorry to say) I'd go for something you can fit into carry-on backpack/suitcase... As Ruth said, it will save you a bundle on budget flights...
Ironically, the longer my trip, the less I tend to pack...
So combine whatever you choose with your pacsafe handbag (which will do for a day pack) and your set...
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