I just returned from a week-long trip to Florida with one very small bag but a bit larger than a laptop bag, but it included my laptop , and it was a total success. I love light travel! I have many doppelgangers; apparently you saw one in LaGuardia…. She looked so much like you, too, sporting a great looking hat and only two travel bags. One was a roller, the other a smaller bag she tied on top. I think the issue here is how you travel, and less about your back situation and personal preference for how you look.
I have traveled to more than 40 countries on 4 continents over the span of 15 years, many multiple times, and I have used the same pack, actually the same one. The longest stretch was 8 months with just the contents of that pack. No wheels, just a backpack. The way I traveled, I found the backpack to be invaluable. The way I travel, I keep moving and have to be quick on my feet to catch a bus, train, or run to another terminal at the airport.
My style of travel was more spontaneous and unplanned, so a suitcase with wheels or a backpack with wheels would significantly slow me down. For those who book a vacation in the Bahamas, of course a wheeled suitcase is the best option. I do not, however, think that anyone who wants to move quickly will benefit from anything with wheels. I have seen many, many, foolish souls running through airports, down busy streets and tripping over themselves to catch a bus, train, a plane with a wheeled suitcase. My opinion, considering the benefits and drawbacks of each is quite clear.
Choose, based on your trip, either a backpack no wheels or a rolling suitcase. A backpack with wheels, which you have already discovered, is the worst of both worlds. Actually a rolling suitcase combined with a backpack would make a great combination!www.juraa.com/images/folklore/outlaw-tales-of-texas-2nd-true-stories-of-the-lone-star-states-most-infamous-crooks.php
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Adam — Great points. I think the other deciding factor is how much or how little you pack. The heavier your load, the worse it is to use a backpack — from trying to find what you need, to hauling it on and off your back all the time. I pack very light, so can manage either a backpack or roller bag. If I really need to speed up and the terrain is awkward, I just pick up the case by the handle and go. Hi Lilli, I guess it depends on how big your rolling suitcase is. So personally, I would stick to the rolling luggage and save yourself the cost of buying a backpack that you might not need or like.
If it becomes a problem, you can get different luggage in New Zealand. Thank you! This is awesome advice. I am going to purchase them for my Asia trip coming up in December. Hi Angela, Awesome!
Glad you got some good advice from the post — and happy travels! How long are you going for? Going to Europe in 2 months for 3 weeks! Thanks for all the awesome advice. I got in my head that there has to be some kind of new way to go backpacking Europe other than just a big ole backpack.
I plan on just bringing one piece of luggage. So far the Osprey seems to be the best fit, thoughts? Wheels and backpack straps seem to be the way to go. And a detachable daypack makes sense. Any suggestions? Happy nouveau-backpacking! I also have the eBags in a wheeled version that I use occasionally for trips into the city. I also HATE backpacks.
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Dislike hauling around a lot of weight in general. The wheelie is 4 , the daypack and vest are ounces. Has money, electronics, passport, camera—zipped pockets all over. The bag weighs in at There are 5. Thanks for sharing your packing strategies, Laurence! Interesing to follow your evolving thinking, which a lot of us share as we age and change travel styles and destinations. That leaves travel backpacks, some of which are reasonably well designed and not too expensive.
Hi Gene, My Pacsafe carry-on bag discussed in the post is actually soft-sided so could work for your trip — and I believe they have larger models that you can check in as well. As for carrying a suit for a wedding, that all boils down to the packing technique…. Nora, Are you saying the EVA back is soft? Gene, Hmm. Those are some strict requirements — wow! Good luck in your search…. Lots of pockets, a middle divider in the main compartment to keep things from moving around, a water bottle pocket and the lowest sale price.
Hi Nora! If you want a writing retreat in Michigan next Fall or Spring, come and stay with me. Email me. You saw my TLS Mother Lode Weekender in Ecuador and me and my girls like them for Asia and Latin America because they pack up great with compartments and cubes, and open like a suitcase. Taxis either are not around or are silly expensive to travel a mile. Wheels add weight and can get wrecked fast on even one mile of dirt road or bumpy sidewalks.
I want to find a foldable super light luggage cart to add to this system though! Do you know of any? It works for me and my luggage has been a no-brained for me since I bought it in It has given me the flexibility of doing things like taking my aging grandmother around the world: my backpack on my back and pulling hers behind me. Under different circumstances this trip would be the same. However, this trip I am pregnant. We are traveling through India to Nepal both places I have travelled before.
I will be traveling with my husband, and he can help with luggage, but also my three year old daughter- which means traveling light is out of the question.
And my pregnancy means I cannot carry the weight of my backpack. We will be in major cities: Delhi, Agra, Kathmandu, but also somewhat off the beaten track as we are involved in humanitarian work and will be visiting aid projects. I am worried about conventional rolling luggage on buses and trains, rickshaws etc. Hi Sarah, Hmm — tough conundrum! Hope this helps! I use rickshaws, back of motorbikes put it on my lap , trains etc. Wow, thanks for the great articles. But, I carefully planned my trip to Japan to rarely be caught in the cold lots of walking with no hotel to stash at.
A plain old carry-on was making sense do I really need survival gear on a shinkansen? But that being said, a backpack would still have been worse because it was so hot there. So thanks for the article. Have not read all the posts above, but another reason for wheeled backpack is when standing in an airline queue for a small plane and they are looking for wheeled bags to go into the hold. If you have your bag on your back then they seem to ignore you and go to someone else……this has happened a few times in the States and in Europe!!
My question, really, is — what sort of luggage would you recommend? Alternatively, whether I should opt for a larger backpack, but travel light er. Wondered what your thoughts may be. Thanks in advance! Hi Matthew, A few things for you to consider include: 1 How much are you flying? Can your camera shoulder bag fit into your second backpack with the laptop?
Alternately, can your laptop fit into your Bestek bag? Once you sort out this part, the rest is simply a matter of how big a bag you need for the rest of your stuff, and whether you want wheels or backpack straps or both! Hi Nora, Thank you for getting back to me so quickly! It is possible that my Bestek bag will fit into my laptop bag, so they could combine into one as carry on.
Matthew, All sounds terrific! One last piece of packing advice: the weight of your bag is equally proportionate to your misery on the road. Hence — keep this in mind, and go on the minimalist side. You can always pick up a few local things along the way if you find yourself underdressed.
There I saw a young man with a wheeled backpack on his back. Prior to that faithful date I thought nothing of lugging, pushing or dragging a duffel bag with a daypack and lumbar pack round my waist. Of course that was back in the day when there was actual room in the airline cabins. My modern travel education started in on a visit to the Midwest and the discovery that lugging that same duffle bag, bought 10 years earlier, across the Minneapolis airport took more energy than I remember.
Purchase of a folding luggage caddy rectified some strain, but, as you pointed out, these caddies present extra challenges being designed for a particular shape of luggage. Worse were the freak accidents including loss of one of the support stanchions after getting caught and broken on the landing of a Phoenix bus. Later, a bungee strap hook caught and tore my trousers as I walked South Beach Florida. Thus, I took it into my head to do the backpack thing. I got a fully packed backpack into the overhead for a trip to New Orleans, but only after removing certain items so I could secure the overhead door.
Space and the lack of mobility presented more problems. This bag would be fine IF I were only traveling by foot or ground vehicle. However, because one leg of my journey always entails flying on a small aircraft with fighter jet sized seats and glove compartment overhead storage. Oddly, regardless of how secure I tie the straps on the backpack, somehow they were always loose at my destination.
After seeing the young man with the wheeled backpack, I found your site. Thus, following your advice I researched several bags finally settled on the Granite Gear duffle. It has certain features necessary for me. Again, thanks for your fine input and opinion. Chris Hunnewell. Hey Chris, Ah…the journey of finding often through trial and error the perfect luggage! He then hid in the bushes, and watched to see if anyone would move the boulder out of the way.
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