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1. Posted by Kirst_ (Budding Member 13 posts) 48w

Hey guys I'm travelling over to Sydney in July. Is anyone travelling with a suitcase rather than a backpack? My friends have said its so much easier with a suitcase but I'm still in two minds. What do you guys think? ☺️

2. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 563 posts) 48w

Either is fine. But don't go too big; otherwise there's a tendency to pack too much. If you forget something, you can always buy it in Australia.

Myself, I carry a soft rectangular durable nylon bag (no wheels!) measuring 53.3 cm L, 20.3 cm W and 33 cm H. It's 35.7 liters. This is for clothes, medicine kit, flip-flops, personal items, a rain jacket and a rolled up waterproof daypack for use on hikes. All told, it weighs about 7 kilos. I usually don't check bags for flights. This bag, which I've had for years, has accompanied me on all my trips in all sorts of environments.

I carry a laptop and two cameras, an extra set of socks and underwear, some snacks, a flashlight, a hat, etc., in a 36-liter backpack.

So, if you're still undecided, why not try to use both?

3. Posted by snowholidays (Budding Member 13 posts) 48w

If you’re looking for something that offers maximum mobility backpacks might be your best bet but there’s something about the order a suitcase can provide. In short, there are significant advantages and drawbacks to each type of luggage.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1687 posts) 48w

Up to you. When you look at the luggage coming off the carousel there are quite a few suitcases among bags and backpacks.

For many years I used a couple duffel shoulder bags. One larger bag for check in and a smaller bag for carry on. This worked okay for years. Then when I got older I started using a couple wheelies. Bigger one for check-in and smaller one for carry on.

I have used packs in the military and a few times for regular travel - for long trips overseas didn't care for it. You are limited by size and weight for what you can carry into the plane with carry on. So check this out!

Not being so young now I don't mind wheelies. (It is sexier for young people to call themselves "backpackers" than "suitcasers!")

I prefer to have a check in bag. In that bag I can put stuff that would be confiscated going through security. Larger fluid containers (ex. shampoo, etc.,) Swiss Army Knife, scissors and so on. I like having a spare change of clothes. But you can always buy stuff at your destination too.

Up to you what you use.

5. Posted by jennycala (Budding Member 6 posts) 48w

I would look into a travel bag. It's got the mobility of a backpack but they often open like a suitcase which makes it way easier to pay and keep things organized! Tortuga are really well known for there's and Osprey also have one that opens like a suitcase, but you can always just google travel backpacks and see what pops up. Make sure you pick one that's going to suit your needs the most!

6. Posted by giantalso (Budding Member 2 posts) 48w

Yeah I would go for the kind of bag that can be used as both a backpack and carried like a suitcase if you want. Tortuga does have a great one, but they're really expensive. I'm not sure about the Osprey one, but just look for something that fits within the maximum size allowed for a carry-on bag and you'll be fine.

7. Posted by Rogerdillon (Budding Member 14 posts) 48w

Quoting Kirst_

Hey guys I'm travelling over to Sydney in July. Is anyone travelling with a suitcase rather than a backpack? My friends have said its so much easier with a suitcase but I'm still in two minds. What do you guys think? ☺️

Hello Kirst,
For luggage during travel. I would go to those types of luggage who get me comfortable for carry-on as well as light weight.
My suggestion to you. You can choose any Spinner Carry-On. Backpack or Tote as an optional according to your requirement.

Roger Dillon

8. Posted by Jordan.1985 (Budding Member 62 posts) 48w

I'm just looking at a luggage bag for Oz in a few weeks time my question is do I really need a 100ltr or will 80ltr be ok ? Cheers Jordan

9. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4893 posts) 48w

There's quite a few proponents on here of 40 liters or less. It depends on your usecase and personal build, but even I (frequently choosing a 75 liter travel pack for many long trips), think that 100 liters is insane overkill, and even 80 would bear a very close look at what you really need. Most people should do just fine with something in the 60 liter range.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Feb-2016, at 07:10 by Sander ]

10. Posted by Jordan.1985 (Budding Member 62 posts) 48w

Sorry it's a holdall bag on wheels not a rucksake so 100ltr too big ?